You might say manufacturing was in Sabrina Kanaley’s blood, or at least her juice glass. A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Sabrina grew up watching her father climb the ladder from the manufacturing floor of Ocean Spray’s cranberry juice factory, to supervising production at the largest Craisin manufacturer in the world. Her free spirit and passion for art at a young age led her down a less than conventional education path, falling in love at 14 years old with welding at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Plasma cutters, marine engines, and paint booths were part of her daily syllabus in the Marine Services Program, and Sabrina felt right at home. Ultimately, Sabrina found her calling in composites, creating molds, parts, and repairing the Harbor Master’s boat. She’s never looked back.
A life outside of the manufacturing world just didn’t interest her, so after graduation she packed her bags and shipped off to Maine, where she spent the next 3 years at the Landing School, one of the nation’s top boat building schools, studying composite boat building and yacht design.
Before graduating, Sabrina had already made up her mind about what the next step was. She decided to move to Rhode Island and within one week of walking out of the school’s boat shop, Sabrina was working on the construction of a brand new in Eric Goetz’s Bristol workshop. Four months into her role as a composite technician, Sabrina started taking on new roles and new responsibilities. Over the next five years, she did almost every job in the place, including quality control and running the apprentice training program. Now, she continues to challenge herself in the Design and Engineering Office, where she is responsible for some of the most complicated and mysterious work Goetz performs for the U.S. Navy. Loving every minute of it.