The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association recently announced that Hinckley Yacht Services Portsmouth is the organization's 2018 Boatyard of the Year.
Boatyard of the Year is given to the boatyard facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets of their company through commitment to customer care, quality workmanship, best business practices, industry standards, professionalism, workforce development, and positive vendor relations.
Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, R.I. has been transformed over the past two years under the guidance of Tim Shields and the management Team at The Hinckley Co.
In 2014 ABBRA conducted a Boatyard Study Tour of Hinckley’s Portsmouth Yard during a Marine Service Managers Class being held in Newport.
A boatyard Study Tour was conducted again in 2017 at Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth as part of the MSM class, Pam Lendzion, one of the class instructors, observed that obvious changes had been made resulting in a cleaner and much more organized facility.
"The cost control and quality control measures that had been implemented were impressive," Lendzion said. "There was a team spirit and the department heads experience, knowledge, and connection to the work that needed to be done was inspiring to the class. Tim and his team were obviously focused on success."
The class noted later during their analysis of the yard that the team would likely not be as focused without good leadership from the top down, Lendzion added.
In 2016 and 2017, Hinckley reclaimed its leadership status in the industry by focusing on efficiency, quality control, and innovation in all their facilities. Shields has recently been named vice president of service for the company.
During the past two years The Hinckley Co. has reorganized and put new management in place. Peter O’Connell has taken the helm of the corporate office at the Portsmouth Yard.
The Hinckley Co. has been a leader in the recreational marine industry since 1928.