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Lessons in Infusion – the Maine Wind Blade Challenge

Each year, teams of Maine high school students compete to design and create energy producing wind blades in the Maine Wind Blade Challenge. The challenge is hosted by UMaine each year as a part of the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Back Cove Yachts is proud to join educators and our fellow manufacturers in making this possible for Maine students. 

Through a hands-on process that includes design, engineering, and manufacturing components, students create a set of wind blades that will go on to be tested in a day long challenge against other teams across the state. Back Cove Yachts aids local high school students in the manufacturing phase. Specifically, facilitating the resin infusion process. Beyond making it possible for local students to participate in the challenge, the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise is especially valuable.

When the manufacturing process is completed, the student teams will test their designs to determine which blades produce the most energy in 3 minutes or less. In addition, each team is required to present and explain their design, outlining their decision-making process and research. 

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We’re Going Back To School, Sort Of.

Hi All,

As those of you who have visited our factory will know, ‘good enough’ is never good enough for the Back Cove Team. In typical Downeast fashion, we recognize that there’s always room to be even better, and that’s where our latest project comes in. We’re starting a program of informational sessions designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of our design and production process among our craftspeople and associates. 

These information sessions are open to all Back Cove team members, and our first few have covered Hardware Types and Usage, and Composite Cores and Bonding. In each session and a member of our team will present a topic in which they are the expert, sharing not only their knowledge but also the whys and wherefores. For those attending, the sessions provide an inside look at our larger design and manufacturing systems, allowing everyone to work together more efficiently and with greater understanding.

We’ll keep you in the loop regarding topics, questions, and items of interest!


Jamie LB Governale

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What’s up in 2017?

Hi All,

Welcome to Back Cove Yachts’ 2017 blog series! As our monthly newsletter subscribers will know, we’re not stinting on the resolutions this year! (If you don’t receive our monthly newsletter you can follow this link to sign up.) In keeping with our many goals we wanted to provide our readers with some fun facts about what’s up at Back Cove Yachts in 2017.

-Jamie LB Governale

Features from the ‘Line’ in 2017:

Downeast 37 – We’re kicking off 2017 with a run of Back Cove Downeast 37s. Keep an eye out during the upcoming boating season and you may catch sight of this iconic Back Cove yacht in a harbor near you!

Want more information on the Back Cove Downeast 37?

Back Cove 32 – Out newest model will continue to take the world by storm this year. And we do mean ‘the world’ in the literal sense, as the Back Cove 32 will make her way to Australia for the first time in 2017.

Request more information about the new Back Cove 32.

**Please Note – these models were selected as features, they do NOT represent the full lineup of Back Cove Yachts scheduled for production in 2017.


Out and About with the Back Cove Family:

Back Cove is proud of our close-knit community here in midcoast Maine, and we’re especially proud of our young men and women. In 2017 we plan to continue our involvement with local educational programs including the JMG organization, a nonprofit that offers education and support to young adults as they transfer through high school and on to undergraduate studies and/or successful career pathways.
We also have a full lineup of community events this coming year, including the Rockland Main Street Summer Solstice Festival, and the Maine Lobster Festival Parade! – Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


Celebrating our Craftspeople:

Followers of this blog will know that last year we introduced our ‘Work-iversary’ series, where we interview craftspeople reaching anniversary milestones with Back Cove. This year is a special year for this project, and here’s why:

  1. We will celebrate twelve ‘Work-iversaries’ in 2017.
  2. Those milestones will range from five years to twenty-five years, representing a twenty-year spread.
  3. The average tenure of craftspeople celebrating anniversaries this year is eleven-and-a-half years.
  4. Finally, these associates represent a combined total of one hundred and thirty-five years of boatbuilding experience at Back Cove Yachts.

If that doesn’t blow you away, you need to re-read the list! We couldn’t be more proud of our associates, they are the heart and soul of Back Cove Yachts, and we’re so excited to celebrate with them.

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Brandon Taps Cancer Out

The Back Cove Family is a special, diverse, and varied group – including owners, associates, crafts-people, and the friends and ambassadors of the Back Cove brand. Like all families, we take great pride in the triumphs and accomplishments of our family members – and we share them with everyone we can.


Designer Kevin Burns presents Brandon with his certificate

Brandon, a member of the Back Cove Yachts production team, is no exception. Recently completing an intra-company internship with our Design and Engineering departments, Brandon showed a distinct aptitude for 3D drafting and rendering. He was presented with a certificate of achievement, along with the thanks and congratulations of the Design and Engineering departments, at Back Cove’s late summer quarterly meeting (depicted above).


Tap Cancer Out BJJ Tournament


Fourth-Annual Massachusetts Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open

But that’s certainly not all! Brandon has been busy outside of Back Cove as well, winning second place in the fourth annual Massachusetts Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open martial arts tournament. Brandon trains at Flow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in Camden, and has participated in the Tap Cancer Out tournament  for the last several years. As a cancer survivor himself, the tournament, and especially this year’s win, are particularly important to Brandon. 


Brandon in training at Flow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Brandon and his fellow members of the Back Cove team

True to his character, Brandon doesn’t make a secret of his status as a cancer survivor. His openness makes him a source of inspiration and hope for others, especially in conjunction with his achievements, both within Back Cove and without. In that light, the Tap Cancer Out organization is a perfect fit. Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer research organizations on behalf of the grappling community. They organize many tournaments across the country, and this year’s Massachusetts Open attracted 350 grapplers and raised more than $85,000. 


Back Cove President, Jason Constantine, congratulates Brandon

We’re thrilled to congratulate Brandon in particular, and all the competitors in general, on their hard work and dedication. Our thanks and congratulations to the Tap Cancer Out organization as well, for their continued efforts on behalf of cancer research – Back Cove Yachts is proud to support such a great cause.

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Dean: 5 Years with Back Cove Yachts

 In this interview we caught up with Dean, who recently celebrated five years with Back Cove Yachts. As Lamination Supervisor, Dean is responsible for ensuring his department has the tools and equipment necessary to build quality parts on a tight schedule. It’s no small task, given that Lamination is the very first step in the production process, but Dean and his team rise to the challenge with expert skill and characteristic good-humor. We’re honored to work with so many talented, creative, and dedicated boat builders. Our thanks and congratulations to Dean for his time, his work-ethic, and his genuine team spirit. 


Dean and fellow members of the Back Cove Team at the 2016 Summer Solstice Street Party, in Rockland, Maine

Do you have a lucky number?

13. It was my sports jersey number, and it has the whole ‘unlucky’ thing working against it. 

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

Ireland – I’ve never been but I’ve always been drawn to it. 

If you could learn any instrument what would you play?

I used to play the bass guitar, loudly and poorly. Now I think I would want to learn the bagpipes.

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

It will get better, just be patient. 

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

I was probably 3 or 4 years old, and we had candles in all our windows for Christmas. I remember climbing up the stairs and seeing my room filled with this beautiful orange light from the candle in the window. I’ll always remember that, and orange has been my favorite color ever since. 

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

I can’t choose just one, I have to say my whole family. We’re pretty tight-knit, and no matter what my family has always been supportive and encouraging.

What do you cook when no one is home?


What’s your dream car?

Again, I can’t choose just one. I have lists broken down into sub-categories: In my wildest dreams / Maybe sometime in the future/ Maybe sometime sooner if everything goes right – that sort of thing. 

Dean – sea trial of a Back Cove 30 in 2012

Pepsi or Coke?

Mountain Dew. 

What are you best at?

I want to say golf, but it’s a lie.

What are you most proud of?

I once made a paper snowflake comparable to a Kevin Burns snowflake. (Honestly, it was nowhere close, but I still tell myself it was comparable)

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

My 3-year-old lab, Riley.

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

Manners, and to be respectful. 

Tell me about your earliest childhood memory:

I was ice fishing with my Dad. It was probably around the same time as the candle memory. I caught a rainbow trout and it seemed huge, though it probably wasn’t. I don’t remember where exactly we were, but it was on a lake next to a big hill that we would slide on sometimes. I remember being really proud when we ate the trout for dinner. 

Tell me about someone who is your hero: 

Again, my family – it’s too hard to narrow it down. 

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Dean and Josh – sea trail of a Back Cove 34 in 2015

What super power would you like to have?

All of them, but flight most of all.

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

Empathy. Our ability to understand other people’s emotions and experiences. 

Is it ever okay to break the rules?

No, it’s never okay, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Name one thing that always makes you smile:

My wife. 

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

Politics. Hands down.

What story will you tell your grandchildren when you’re 80?

I don’t know, maybe that I went to the moon, or won a Nascar race. Whatever it is, it will be totally made up.

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

Bills, and I’d still be back here the next day working to pay more. 

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

My grandfather. And I wouldn’t talk, I’d listen. He was such a great man, and he accomplished so much in his life. Some of my best memories are riding around with him on his John Deere tractor when I was a little kid. 

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