My alarm went off at 3:30 this morning in anticipation of a 4:00 departure from Freeport, Maine. My 8 year old son, Crosby, and I packed into the car and headed "downeast" to Rockland for the big move. It was actually pretty warm at 35 degrees, relatively speaking.
We arrived at the Sabre facility a bit after 5:00 to an empty shop. We are used to visiting the shop with the craftsmen and craftswomen hustling about and the various machines making a bunch of noise, but this was a different feel. Front and center was hull #5 of the Sabre 66, proudly sitting on the trailer and ready for transport. Doug Smith, the Project Manager for the 66 Dirigo, met us as we stood admiring the sheer beauty and size of this boat. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting and working with Doug, you will find him to be incredibly intune with the 66 build as well as calm and helpful beyond belief. This goes for the entire Sabre team building the 66. Each visit is welcomed with smiles and coupled with an eagerness to share their contributions to the build. Each one extrodinary in their own way.