I was fortunate to visit Premier Marine, Inc. last week to interview team members– huge benefit to having our offices just south of Premier’s corporate offices – for an upcoming article in the June/July issue. While I was there, I was given the opportunity to experience a plant tour.
We went from building to building to see the entire process of how a pontoon is made, from welding the tubes to framing the platform to stitching the canvas for the furniture and bimini tops. Engineering technician Jim Marlette answered my (sometimes naïve) questions and explained why each part of the process was important to ensure the quality of the boat is up to Premier’s expectations.
You truly can’t appreciate how much work and craftsmanship goes into building a boat until you’ve seen it in person. While I certainly understood how complicated and intricate it is, the scope of boatbuilding certainly clicks better now. And manufacturers are building multiple boats every day.
And frankly, it’s just a cool process to watch. I got distracted just sitting back and watching some of the machines and the way different employees assembled product. I love my job, but it’s not nearly as cool as the job of people who work on boats all day.
We are lucky in our industry to provide a fun activity that brings happiness to so many people every day. Seeing how that product gets produced makes me have a much deeper appreciation for how fortunate we are to go boating on vessels made by the many different manufacturers in the industry that work tirelessly to ensure boating is as safe and enjoyable as possible.