SABRE DE­SIGNER KEVIN BURNS

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Af­ter serv­ing in the U.S. Coast Guard and Mer­chant Ma­rine, Kevin Burns stud­ied yacht de­sign and worked with men­tors be­fore join­ing Sabre Yachts. There, he finds the fam­ily at­mos­phere pro­duc­tive. He can hear the sounds of the shop floor through his wall and smell the resins. “If I draw some­thing up, I can bring it down­stairs, and my guys can tell me if it’s go­ing to work,” he says. “If not, back to the table.” ¶ He sees good de­sign as last­ing. “I want a de­sign that’s go­ing to be just as ap­peal­ing 10 years from now as it is to­day, with­out ever be­com­ing old-fash­ioned,” he says. “De­sign must ad­vance tech­nol­ogy, and tech­nol­ogy must ad­vance de­sign. But it has to be a boat first.”

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