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Design Team

THE BACK COVE DESIGN TEAM The Back Cove design team is responsible for translating the companies’ vision into reality, from the conceptual level down to the smallest details. The designers work in the Design and Product Development Department help to shape and evolve current and future models by introducing improved manufacturing details, modern equipment specifications, and the newest construction methodologies. They create hull forms and sculpted deck shapes; generate concepts, technical drawings, and specifications; and communicate ideas using 3D models and detailed renderings. The design team meets regularly to discuss present models and to conceptualize future designs. The design team includes:

  1. Kevin Burns, Vice President of Design and Product Development
  2. Daniel Zilkha, Chairman
  3. Ed Miller, Chairman
  4. Bentley Collins, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  5. Aaron Crawford, Chief Operating Officer
  6. Dave Newcomb, Engineering Department Head
  7. Adam Carlson, Senior Designer

KEVIN BURNS, Vice President of Design and Product Development Kevin Burns is Back Cove Yacht’s Vice President of Design and Product Development. He grew up in Ohio and attended Miami University of Ohio. He went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard where he studied navigation and engineering while stationed aboard cutters based in Maine and Massachusetts. As a civilian, he captained 150-foot vessels supplying rigs in the oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico. His experience at sea led him to study Yacht Design at the Landing School in Arundel, Maine. After graduation, Kevin worked under Ward Setzer of the award-winning Setzer Design Group in Cary, North Carolina. At SDG, Burns was lead designer for Wombat, the 82-foot Lyman Morse Motor Yacht, as well as other notable production and custom designs ranging from 20-foot center consoles to 210-foot tri-deck motor yachts. “The architectural concept of ‘informed simplicity’ is something that I carry around with me. It’s both a goal and an approach to design. At Sabre, each design must be a boat first, and that mandate informs the lines, shapes and spaces that eventually grow into a new model.” In April 2006 Kevin joined Back Cove Yachts, and today he lives with his wife and children in mid-coast Maine. In early 2009 Kevin began working as Chief Designer for both Back Cove and Sabre Yachts.


In order to better serve our existing customers and assist future customers, we have answered below many of the questions that we are asked on a regular basis with the hope that the answers will be helpful to a larger audience. The questions have been grouped, where possible, into subject matter categories. If you have questions for Back Cove, or if there is additional information that you would like to see in this section, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by telephone at (207) 594-8821 or by contacting us with our Contact Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dealer and Sales Information

Q. Where can I purchase a Back Cove Yacht? A. Back Cove Yachts has dealerships throughout the USA, Canada and Europe as well as in Australia. You can find their addresses and phone numbers by using our dealer locator tool. If there is no dealer in your region please contact us and we will direct you to the one closest to you. Q. Where can I see a Back Cove yacht? A. Back Coves are available for viewing at our dealerships and we exhibit our boats at boat shows around the world. You can find out which shows we are going to attend and which boats are to be displayed at shows by looking in our Boat Show Calendar section. Q. Can I visit the Back Cove yard to see how Back Coves are built? A. Yes. Back Cove welcomes visitors to the Rockland yard weekdays, by appointment, between 8:00AM and 3:00PM. Just contact us to set up an appointment. Q. How do I get to the Back Cove facility? A. Here are directions Q. How many employees work at Back Cove Yachts? A. Currently 100 associates work building boats in our yard in Rockland, Maine. Q. How long has Back Cove Yachts been in business? A. Back Cove’s first model, the Back Cove 29 was introduced in 2003, however parent company Sabre Yachts has been building Sabre sailing yachts since 1970 and Sabre motor yachts since 1989, in the Sabre yard in South Casco, Maine, USA.


Q. Who designs Back Cove’s yachts? A. Our Back Cove motor yachts are designed in house by the Kevin Burns and the Back Cove Design Team. Q. What method does Back Cove utilize in the fabrication of its fiberglass parts? A. The building technique used in Back Cove fiberglass parts is called VIP Resin Infusion Process. This process uses the latest technology to infuse fiberglass resin into a dry stack of fiberglass under vacuum pressure. The process provides the best possible resin to glass ratios and the strongest, lightest parts available. You can view video of this process on our Youtube channel. Q. What hull colors are available for Back Cove boats? A. Back Cove offers a variety of colors for you to choose from. In the Options section of each model you can view examples of each color.

Used Back Cove Information and Brochures

Q. Does Back Cove provide info on used Back Coves for sale? A. No. Back Cove does not track the used market but recommends that you visit a local Back Cove dealer to find used Back Coves for sale. Our dealers use the Yachtworld Multiple Listing Service and can find all available listings available for you in the used market. When we receive a call from someone wishing to list their boat or someone looking to acquire a specific model, we refer them to their nearest Back Cove dealer. Q. How can I get a brochure for a current Back Cove model? A. Brochures for each current Back Cove model are available for download online in sections devoted to each yacht and you can use the contact form to ask us for hard copies which we would be pleased to send to you. Q. What is the contact information for Back Coves service department? A. You can reach our service representative by filling in the contact form or by calling +1-207-594-8821 X 309 between 08:30 and 16:30 EST. Q. Does Back Cove offer iPad apps ? A. Yes Back Cove has two applications available in the iTunes store, both of which are free and can be obtained by from our web site at the bottom of the home page. Our OnBoard application can be used by owners as a vessel operations and maintenance tool.



NANCY BASSELET – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Nancy Basselet is the Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the financial and personnel operations of Sabre Yachts and has been with the company for more than 35 years. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Maine. She has worked in many areas of the company, starting in the purchasing department, and then moved into the accounting area as the company grew. Nancy sings with the Portland Community Chorus and is the group’s treasurer. The group performs each year in the Magic of Christmas concerts with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She has one daughter now in college.

KEVIN BURNS – Vice President Design and Product Development
As the Vice President of Design and Product Development, Kevin is responsible for translating our companies’ vision into real boats from the conceptual level down to the details. He is a career maritime professional who accumulated over 250,000 miles at sea before coming ashore to focus on yacht design and naval architecture. His approach to design is rooted in his depth of experience at sea and his appreciation of the beauty inherent in the proportions of well-conceived boats, yachts, and ships. Kevin served as Manager of Engineering and Product Development at Back Cove Yachts since 2006, and had an earlier position as a Designer and Naval Architect with Setzer Design Group in North Carolina. A graduate of the Design Program at the Landing School in Kennebunkport, Maine, Kevin had previously studied engineering while serving in the USCG. He is a former US Merchant Marine Officer, and was born and raised in Ohio where he was educated at Miami University prior to moving east and beginning his career in the boating world. Kevin lives in a small fishing village in mid-coast Maine with his wife and two children.
BENTLEY COLLINS – Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Bentley Collins has been with Sabre since 1993 and Back Cove since it’s inception in 2003. His responsibilities at Back Cove include dealer development, market analysis, advertising, internet presence, promotion and public relations. Bentley Joined the company in 1993 after a ten-year tenure with Beneteau’s affiliates in the USA and Canada, most recently as the Marketing Coordinator for Beneteau USA. Prior to 1980 he operated as an independent yacht dealer based in Montreal, Canada.
Bentley and his wife Brenda reside in Portland, Maine and are members of the Harraseeket Yacht Club in South Freeport, Maine where Bentley will serve as Commodore for the 2013 season. They enjoy boating on their Sabre 36 Express Paper Moon in the waters of Casco Bay and along the Coast of Maine.
LINDSEY BRAUN – National Sales Manager
As the National Sales Manager, Lindsey is responsible for collection of build specifications from dealers and retail buyers, managing those documents, and distribution to the purchasing, production and accounting teams. Additional tasks include sales lead and data management, fulfillment of customer welcome aboard programs, leading factory tours, and ongoing communication with the production, engineering, and accounting teams. Lindsey is also responsible for Back Cove’s social media & website management. Prior to her appointment as National Sales manager Lindsey worked as Back Cove’s inside Sales Coordinator. Lindsey resides in South Thomaston, Maine with her husband Fred. They enjoy boating on the St. George River and along various areas of Mid Coast Maine.   
In his role as President and Chief Operating Officer with North End Composites, Jason is responsible for all manufacturing operations. Jason began his career in the industry in 2003 with Sabre Yachts as a member of the assembly team, building the Sabreline 47. In 2007, he made the move to Rockland to manage Back Cove production. Prior to this endeavor into boatbuilding, Jason worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing in Virginia, charter sport fishing in North Carolina, and environmental education in South Carolina. Jason is a graduate of Stonehill College, holding an Honors B.S. in Biology. He is currently serving as the VP on the Maine Marine Trades Association board of directors. When away from the shop, Jason can be found exploring all that Maine has to offer with his wife and two children.
CHRIS EVANS – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chris Evans’ roles at Sabre have included Production Management and Engineering. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and is also Chief Executive Officer of North End Composites. Prior to coming to Sabre, Chris worked with Duratherm Manufacturing Co., a custom window and door manufacturer. Chris holds a BSBA from Thomas College.
ED MILLER – Chairman
Ed Miller was a Vice President at Rothschild Inc. in New York, from 1972 to 1980. In 1981 he founded Island Couriers and in less than eight years developed this express delivery service in 22 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He sold the company to Federal Express in 1987 and then served as President of the newly created Federal Express (Caribbean and South America) Ltd. He is currently the Chairman of Westwind Management. Among other activities, he serves on the Board of the Ocean Conservancy. Ed holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Daniel Zilkha is involved in the day-to-day operations of Sabre Yachts and North End Composites. Daniel was founding partner in Soditic S.A., a Geneva based investment bank. He moved to New York in 1973, and was the founder and Publisher of Art & Auction Magazine. Daniel came to Portland, Maine from New York in 1983 and has been involved with several Maine companies. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

A Brief History of Back Cove Yachts

Practical Elegance. From Maine. Back Cove yachts is a sister company of Sabre Yachts and together these two yards are the largest recreational boatbuilding company in the State of Maine where America’s first ships were built on the shores of the Kennebec River. This tradition of building ships that go to sea, which began in 1607, continues in Maine to this day. In 2003 a group of dealers asked if we could build a smaller downeast style cruising boat to suit the needs of our owners who admired the look and feel of the Maine lobster boat and the dependability and fuel efficiency of a single diesel engine. Our first model the Back Cove 29 was launched and so was a brand. In the years that followed the Back Cove 26, Back Cove 33, Back Cove 37, Back Cove 30 and Back Cove 34 followed and today more than (500) Back Coves can be found on the oceans of the world in harbors from Greece to Norway and from Japan to Australia and New Zealand. In the USA boats have found there way to almost every body of water from the coasts to inland lakes. Back Cove Yachts are built by 100 of Maine’s finest boat builders in a modern 240,000 square foot facility in Rockland, Maine. They are extremely proud of their craft and they have the passion to build the finest, trouble free yachts possible for our customers.