Locating Steve on the shop floor is acknowledged as a sort of ‘you can’t get there from here’ situation. Beyond completion and the wood shop, through double blue doors, is the fiberglass department. Known around the Sabre Yachts facility simply as ‘fiberglass,’ you can find Steve’s work station in a curtained corner of this noisy epicenter, and occasionally you can find Steve there as well.
Steve’s position in Production Support keeps him very often on the move, acting as a liaison between design and project, tracking down needed parts and specifications, and even creating parts and pieces himself if necessary. And not just for Sabre, Steve’s talents are put to use by our sister company Back Cove Yachts as well.
Beginning in 1985, Steve has worked on more than 40 models and model variation in his 30 years with Sabre Yachts.
What is the one thing that has changed the most since you began at Sabre Yachts?
Well, over the years you see a lot of people come and go, for one thing. For another, when I started Sabre was all sailboats. We built our first powerboat in 1988 and the motor yacht concept really grew and expanded. Today, we don’t have any sail models in production, and the newest power model is 66 feet. That’s the biggest change, I think.
Pepsi or Coke?
Pepsi, but it all tastes like syrup compared to my homemade Root Beer.
Where did you grow up?
My family had a dairy farm in New York when I was young. When I was about 10 we sold the farm and moved to Maine.
Are you a dog person, or a cat person?
Really both. We have them all at home: dogs, cats, fish.
Do you have any hobbies?
I have an extensive vinyl record collection. In our house I have roughly 300 displayed on the wall, probably 400 displayed in our second home in New York, and maybe an additional 500 on top of those.
What’s your favorite genre and/or album?
There are too many to pick from. I listen to a lot of rock, so if I had to pick a favorite genre that would be it, but I have all the other genre’s covered pretty well too. I couldn’t choose just one, and the same goes for my favorite album.
You have to sell everything you own and can only keep one thing – what would you keep?
The 1974 Volkswagen Thing that I bought in 1986.
If you could play any instrument what would it be?
At this point I’m not really sure. I tried a few things when I was a kid, but I wasn’t very good at any of them.
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere in the world?
My wife and I have a second home in New York, I’d probably just go there. We spend most of our weekends there as it is. I love it there, so I don’t really need to travel anywhere else.
What do you cook when you’re the only one home?
Probably the same thing I would cook for my wife and I. I do most of the cooking in our house, anyway. I don’t mind cooking.