Our state is blessed to have over a dozen reputable boat builders call South Carolina home. Over the past two years they’ve had to navigate one of the busiest boat-buying markets ever, in addition to staff shortages and supply chain issues caused by the panedmic.
Because of this new reality, it should come as no surpsise that things get overlooked from time to time. Fortunately, we have extensive experience with quality control inspections on new boats. While working as a subcontractor and delivery captain for Viking Yachts in New Gretna, NJ, off-the-line QC was one of my primary responsibilies. Even though Viking has an excellent internal QC system already in place, subcontractors like myself were commonly utilized as a just-in-case fail-safe. Boat building production lines can be hectic environments with a lot of workers wearing mulitple hats. It’s not unusual for things to get missed every now and then.
No one likes a stranger walking into their facility and critiquing their hard work – which is not our intention. Our goal for pre-delivery inspections is to work as thoroughly as possible on behalf of the boat buyer, and respectfully as possible alongside the boat builder. At the end of the day everyone wants the same outcome.