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Kevin: 10 years with Back Cove & Sabre Yachts


As Vice President of Design and Product Development, Kevin’s time with Back Cove Yachts and Sabre Yachts has been a busy succession of one project, and one innovation, after another. Ten years ago Kevin “hit the ground running” designing for Back Cove Yachts, and would begin designing for Sabre not long after. Today, with projects like the Sabre 66 Dirigo and the new Back Cove 32, it’s doesn’t look as if he plans to stop running any time soon. Lucky for us, Kevin made time to satisfy our curiosity in this anniversary interview. Our thanks and congratulations to Kevin, from your fellow members of the Back Cove & Sabre Yachts Team.

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What has changed the most since you started designing for Back Cove?

The power of the design tools we have, and our teams’ internal ability to use those tools has advanced exponentially.

If you could send a message back through time your younger self what would you say?

“Kevin, you will live past 28 – the long view is important.”

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

Some years ago, I was traveling with a colleague in Washington State.  We took a side trip up into the hills above the Skagit River and, after a short hike, came to a precipice overlooking the tulip farms below us.  It was surreal seeing the huge fields of different colored flowers in neat patches spread out over the valley.  Fun to see the natural world and the human world come together in such a spectacularly pretty way.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

Pretty sure my wife holds this title.

What are you best at?

I can cut a mean paper snowflake.

What are you most proud of?

My children.  They are both so kind and thoughtful and interesting.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I was really into BMX racing in the 80’s.

What is your theme song, and why?

U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name.  When I was in the service, a group of us went skydiving.  Someone took video of the day and edited it with this song as the soundtrack and it stuck with me.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

How to fold a fitted sheet.

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What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. I read that book while I was a college student, and it was the first time I felt personally challenged by a novel.  It was the elevation of competence that really appealed to me – and the challenge was “are you going to be competent in life or are you not?”.  There was a hero who was creative and productive and capable and ethical – it was inspirational to me as a young man.

Tell me about someone who is your hero:

Archimedes has greatly influenced my life.

What super power would you like to have?

The ability to pause time.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about humanity?

Reason

Tell me about an embarrassing moment:

I walked into a (very clean) plate glass door on a 50 meter tri-deck yacht during the Ft. Lauderdale boat show many years ago…left a face-print and everything.

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Impossible question.  Instead of answering, I’ll open my iTunes and tell you the first song to pop up:  Queen/David Bowie – Under Pressure.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

Space Ship Designer

Where would you go in a time machine?

I’d like to see where we will be in 200 years.

What would you hope to see in 2216?

I’d hope to see us having broken through the sustainable energy ceiling – there aren’t many problems with the world currently that couldn’t be solved by our having the ability to produce cheap electricity in a way that doesn’t contribute to degrading the human environment.  Sustainable energy is like money – It can’t buy you love, but having enough sure makes life easier.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away, who would you talk to and what would you say?

My Grandfather, and I would choose to listen.

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Carol: 5 years with Back Cove Yachts


In celebration of 5 years with Back Cove Yachts, Carol agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Over the last five years she has done an amazing job making sure Back Cove continues to run smoothly, and keeping everyone on their toes. Carol is an essential part of the Back Cove team, and we are so thankful for her, and all our  associates like her. Thank you, Carol, and congratulations!

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Do you have a lucky number?

3

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

The Piano

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

A Caribbean cruise through the Panama Canal

If you had to sell everything you own, and could only keep one thing, what would you keep and why?

Photo albums – for the memories.

What is your theme song, and why?

Survivor, (by Destiny’s Child?) – I’ve been through a lot and still keep going.

What’s your favorite book of all time?

I read a variety of books, so I don’t have a favorite. I always say I can’t pass up shoe stores or bookstores. 

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What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Rob Roy, Dirty Dancing, and any romantic comedy.

How honest are you?

I don’t sugar coat, if you ask a question I figure you want an honest answer. I tell people they have to be careful what they ask me, I’m an open books and I may not give the answer they’r expecting. 

What super power would you like to have?

Invisibility. I’d love to be a fly on the wall, even just to listen and understand people better. 

What’s your favorite dessert?

Creme Brulee – I make a Maple Creme Brulee that’s to die for! I also make a delicious homemade White Chocolate Pot de Creme. When I go out to dinner I always look on the menu for something I don’t already know how to cook – it gets difficult when you own 150 cookbooks. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Break: no. Bend: yes.

Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi

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Name one thing that always makes you smile no matter what:

My Grandchildren

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?

Politics

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher.

When you’re 80 what story will you tell your grandchildren?

That Grampie & Mimi met on E-Harmony.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf – I have fears of being blind, as I can only see out of one eye.

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Brian: 5 Years with Back Cove Yachts


In our latest interview we caught up with Brian, who recently celebrated five years with Back Cove Yachts. Brian began in decking, and in the time since he has established himself as a go-to for help of all kinds. Now, in his role as Purchasing Agent, he puts all his friendly helpfulness to expert use, keeping the production lines running smoothly and ensuring everyone has what they need when they need it. Thanks Brian, from everyone here at Back Cove Yachts!

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We went into the archives to find pictures of Brian (left) from his five years at Back Cove.

Do you have a lucky number?

11 – my birthday is on 11/11 and I’m the 11th of 13 siblings. The oldest of us is 73, I’m 49, and the youngest is 45. It’s been a few years, but we occasionally get everyone together for a Christmas party. 

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

Guitar or Saxophone.

Tell me about something that was difficult but made you a better person:

Overcoming the death of my parents at a young age.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Enjoy life and travel more. 

Tell me about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen:

The birth of my four boys.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My mother.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Grilled Cheese. 

What is your dream car?

69 Camero SS

What are you best at?

Helping others.

What are you most proud of?

My boys.

If you had to sell everything you own, and could only keep one thing, what would it be?

A photo album of my family.

Tell me one thing that none of your coworkers know about you:

I have eight brothers and four sisters, and I’m the only lefty in my family.

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What is your theme song and why?

The theme song from Rocky – it inspires me. 

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never foregotten?

Always be respectful to others.

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?

How important friends are. 

Tell me about your best childhood friend:

My neighbor. We did everything together and most nights I ate dinner at his house or vice versa. 

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

Riding the school bus with a broken arm when I was five years old. 

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

Shawshank Redemption.

How honest are you?

Very.

What super power would you like to have?

Teleportation. My youngest son helped me come up with that one.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Cheesecake with strawberries

What’s your favorite song of all time?

Every Rose Has It’s Thorn, by Poison

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

No.

Name one thing that always makes you smile, no matter what:

My boys.

What is your least favorite thing about the world today?

The government. 

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When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A successful business owner.

When you’re 80 what story will you tell your grandchildren?

How easy things were without technology.

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

My friends and family.

If you could talk to someone who has passed away who would it be and what would you say?

My mom – I miss you and I wish you could be with me.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Deaf. 

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Destiny: 5 years with Back Cove


Destiny’s time with Back Cove has been both productive and successful, to say the least. Luckily for us, she was able to take a few moments out of her busy schedule as a newly appointed Lamination Team Leader to answer a few of our questions. In the world of Back Cove Lamination there’s a lot of timing, logistics, and shuffling molds, but Destiny’s abundant knowledge and natural leadership quickly became apparent as we spoke, as did the deep respect of her coworkers. Everyone here at Back Cove would like to offer our thanks and congratulations to Destiny for five amazing years!

Do you have a lucky number?

Eleven. It was my jersey number from high school field hockey all the way through softball in the military. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Italy to visit the vineyards. I love the culture of Tuscany, the art, the food and wine. I did a lot of traveling in the military, discovered that I love Korean food, but I never got to go to Italy.

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

Guitar

Tell me about something that was difficult but made you a better person?

Leaving home and joining the army. I grew up a military brat, but I never anticipated the effect it would have on me. I always wanted to be a soldier, even when I was a kid.

If you could send a message back through time to your younger self what would you say?

Don’t grow up too fast.

Tell me about the person who has impacted your life the most:

My grandmother. She is my hero. She taught me a lot about life, compassion, and working hard. She was always ready to listen. I wish I could talk to her today, not about anything in particular, just about life.

What do you cook when no one else is home?

Margaritas and take out!

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What is your dream car?

Range Rover

Pepsi or Coke?

Coke

What are you most proud of?

Joining the Army.

What’s something your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

The Golden Rule

What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. I love the lesson of selfless generosity.

What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch every time it’s on?

The Goonies.

How honest are you?

I’m very blunt.

What super power would you like to have?

X-Ray vision.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

That’s a tough question to answer. I guess it depends on whether or not someone will be hurt by it. 

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Name one thing that always makes you smile:

Tacos!

What’s your least favorite thing about the world today?

The general lack of empathy people have for each other. 

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

Family and friends, then bank the rest.

Where would you go in a time machine?

I think I’d go to Medieval times. I’d break all the social constructs about women though, because I would want to learn a trade, support myself with the work of my own hands. Not to mention, I could ride horses everywhere.

Would you rather be deaf or blind?

Can I choose to be blind in one eye and deaf in one ear?

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Aaron: 5 years with Back Cove Yachts


Aaron joined the Back Cove team five years ago and today he wears many hats, dividing his time between various Production Support projects in addition to his role in Engineering. In celebration we took some time to chat with Aaron, and discovered a number of new things, not the least of which being that he’s a former rock climber, a twin, and eats a peanut butter bagel every morning for breakfast. All of us here at Back Cove would like to thank Aaron for his time, talent, and dedication over these last five years; we hope you enjoy getting to know him a little better as much as we did!

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

South America. Specifically, I’d want to see Patagoina and the Andes Mountains.

Why the Andes?

I used to do a lot of rock climbing, especially in college. My uncle was a big climber and he is the one who got me interested.

Do  you still climb?

No, now I run. My wife has been running for a long time, she ran her first marathon after our first daughter was born. 

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What do you cook when no one else is home?

I’d probably pick sleeping over cooking if nobody was home. Food doesn’t rule me. 

What are you most proud of?

My family. After college I spent a number of years just roaming around and climbing, now I’ve got a wife, two kids, and two dogs. I’m definitely proud of that. 

What’s something that your mother taught you that you’ve never forgotten?

Always write ‘Thank You’ notes.

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What’s your favorite book of all time?

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silversein

What super power would you like to have?

I’d like it if I didn’t have to sleep. 

What’s your favorite dessert?

I don’t really eat dessert, but my favorite meal is Shepherd’s Pie.

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Is it ever okay to break the rules?

Yes, but only in certain situations. If your family is starving I don’t think it’s okay to steal a loaf of bread, but I think maybe it would be okay to go out and shoot a rabbit or something. 

If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?

First of all, one million dollars is not nearly enough to affect any real change. I suppose I would pay off debts and get set-up for the next part of life.

What are you best at?

Patience. 

What’s something that your coworkers may not know about you?

I have a twin sister. 

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