About Back Cove

The Back Cove Story

Practical Elegance. From Maine. Back Cove Yachts is a sister company of Sabre Yachts, and together these two yards are the largest recreational boatbuilding company in the State of Maine where America’s first ships were built on the shores of the Kennebec River. This tradition of shipbuilding, which began in 1607, continues in Maine to this day.

In 2003 a group of dealers asked if we could create a smaller Downeast style cruising boat to suit the needs of our owners who admired the look and feel of the Maine lobster boat and the dependability and fuel efficiency of a single diesel engine. Our first model the Back Cove 29 was launched and so was a brand.

Today more than (500) Back Coves can be found on the oceans of the world in harbors from Greece to Norway and from Japan to Australia and New Zealand. In the USA boats have found their way to almost every body of water from the coasts to inland lakes.

Back Cove Yachts are built by 100 of Maine’s finest boat builders in a modern 240,000 square foot facility in Rockland, Maine. They are extremely proud of their craft and have a passion for building the finest, trouble-free yachts possible for our customers.

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Back Cove’s Management Team

ED MILLER – Chairman

Ed Miller was a Vice President at Rothschild Inc. in New York, from 1972 to 1980. Then founded Island Couriers and in less than eight years developed this express delivery service in 22 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He sold the company to Federal Express in 1987 and went on to serve as President of the newly created Federal Express (Caribbean and South America) Ltd. He is currently the Chairman of Westwind Management. Ed holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.


Daniel Zilkha was founding partner in Soditic S.A., a Geneva-based investment bank. He moved to New York in 1973 and was the founder and publisher of Art & Auction Magazine. Daniel came to Portland, Maine, from New York in 1983 and has been involved with several Maine companies. He is currently a partner in Ram Euro Centers as well as being fully involved in the day-to-day operations of Sabre Yachts, Back Cove Yachts, and North End Composites. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

JASON CONSTANTINE – President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

In his role as President and Chief Operating Officer with Back Cove Yachts, Jason is responsible for all manufacturing operations. Jason began his career in the industry in 2003 with Sabre Yachts as a member of the assembly team, building the Sabreline 47. In 2007, he made the move to Rockland to manage Back Cove production. Previously, Jason worked in pharmaceutical manufacturing in Virginia, charter sport fishing in North Carolina, and environmental education in South Carolina. Jason is a graduate of Stonehill College, holding an Honors B.S. in Biology. 

NANCY BASSELET – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Nancy Basselet has been with Sabre Yachts since 1977, making her the company’s longest tenured officer. Nancy initially joined the Sabre purchasing team and continued on to develop experience and expertise in all of the departments she now oversees. As Sabre’s Chief Financial Officer, Nancy supervises the company’s financial, purchasing, and personnel operations. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Maine.

BENTLEY COLLINS – Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Bentley Collins joined Sabre in 1993, after a ten-year tenure with Beneteau’s affiliates in the USA and Canada, most recently as the Marketing Coordinator for Beneteau USA. Before 1980, Bentley operated as an independent yacht broker located in Montreal, Canada. As Sabre’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Bentley’s responsibilities include dealership development, market analysis, digital marketing, advertising, and public relations.

KEVIN BURNS – Vice President Design and Product Development

Kevin Burns is a former US Merchant Marine Officer and was born and raised in Ohio where he was educated at Miami University before moving east to begin his career in yacht design. Kevin studied engineering while serving in the United States Coast Guard, and went on to graduate from the Design Program at the Landing School of Yacht Design. He served as a Naval Architect with Setzer Design Group in North Carolina before joining  Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts in 2006.

LINDSEY BRAUN – National Sales Manager

As the National Sales Manager, Lindsey is responsible for the collection of build specifications from dealers and retail buyers, managing those documents, and distribution to the purchasing, production and accounting teams. Additional tasks include sales lead and data management, fulfillment of customer welcome aboard programs, leading factory tours, and ongoing communication with the production, engineering, and accounting teams. Before her appointment as National Sales Manager, Lindsey worked as Back Cove Yachts’ Inside Sales Coordinator.

Design Team

Back Cove’s Design Team

The Sabre & Back Cove Yachts design team translates the companies’ vision into reality.

Comprised of management, design, and engineering staff, the Sabre Yachts Design Team is responsible for the conceptual level of the design process. The Department of Design & Product Development then translates those parameters into functional designs, and the respective companies Departments of Engineering then facilitate the production process. Sabre’s design team meets regularly to discuss present models and to propose, discuss, and plan future designs. The design team includes:

  • KEVIN BURNS – Vice President of Design & Product Development
  • ADAM CARLSON – Senior Designer
  • ED MILLER – Chairman
  • DANIEL ZILKHA – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • JASON CONSTANTINE – President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • BENTLEY COLLINS – Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  • LINDSEY BRAUN – National Sales Manager