Keith: 15 years at Sabre Yachts

You’ll usually find Keith in the heart of the Sabre Yachts wood shop. A man who loves pecan pie, hunting, and the New England Patriots, Keith is kept busy on the production floor with a multitude of tasks, including making toe rails and creating valances for the Sabre 42′ and 48′ lines. A Raymond native who describes himself as ‘very honest,’ his handiwork has been an integral part of the Sabre product for 15 years. During our interview, Keith showed me around the shop, and explained some of the lamination process. 

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Explaining the next steps for this Sabre 48 toe rail

 Where would you go in a time machine?

Back to the 1800s, it was a simpler time without all this commercialization and technology. I’d like to go back and live off the land; I think it would be a more peaceful life.

White hat, or black hat?

I think being a black hat would be more fun.

If you had to sell everything you own, but got to keep just one thing, what would you keep?

My home

What is your least favorite food?

Cucumber and Watermelon

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After grain matching, laminating, planing, and finishing, this material will become a toe rail

If you could do one thing differently in your life what would it be?

Go into the service after school, I could be retired with benefits by now. I would probably go into the Air Force and learn to fly a plane.

Do you have any hobbies?

Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiling

What’s your dream car?

Mustang Shelby GT 500; ‘Eleanor,’ the car from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds.’

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Laminate takes roughly 48 hours to cure, depending on the temperature

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

Young Guns

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Dog person, especially black labs. I have a two year old lab named Buck. My wife lets him sleep with us, and he’s a bed hog.

 Pepsi or Coke?

Pepsi

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

A float plane, and a log home in Alaska.

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Tools of the trade

 What’s your favorite song of all time?

Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin.

Have you ever been to a Led Zeppelin concert?

No, but I wanted to. My first concert was J. Geils, and Ted Nugent and Bad Company both put on good shows. But the best concert I ever went to was definitely Eric Clapton.

Think back to your first day at Sabre? What is different and what’s the same?

Well, I have the same supervisor now as when I started. But in all seriousness, a lot has changed. Our methods and technologies are better which means we create better products. We are constantly improving how we do things, so the quality of our boats is constantly improving as well.

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The Finished Product

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