The finishing touches to molds, the lifeline of shipbuilding
Boats are made by building up layers of FRP mat and cloth over a base mold. The level of precision achieved with this mold is directly related to the detail and quality of the finished product. This calls for an advanced level of craftsmanship only achievable by “specialists,” for whom distortion on even a micron level is unacceptable.
The honed senses of master “specialists”
Applying the gelcoat to the external surface of boats requires “senses” that cannot be stipulated in a written manual. The very first step of the shipbuilding process involves the intense pressure of never failing, and ongoing creativity and imagination.
Fabricating the bone structure, muscles and skin of boats
Boats have a similar structure to humans. Ribs (the frame) are connected to the spine (keel), with muscles and skin (the hull) covering the main bones—the combination of all these determine the overall strength and weight of the boat. Boat “specialists” need to have a discerning eye, just like an expert doctor.
Adding various functions to boats
If the hull is likened to the exterior walls of a house, outfitting would refer to the process of laying out power cables and wiring throughout the house, connecting up plumbing to the kitchen and bath, and installing household appliances. This is a painstaking process that provides ease-of-maintenance after construction is complete, as well as ensuring that the boat is safe and easy to use for customers.
Keeping the final line safe
Even the smallest flaws need to be ironed out in the final step before shipment.
In addition to miniscule bubbles or variations in the paint, cruising performance, water leaks and other safety checks are an extremely important step before finally handing over the product to the customer. This calls for every one of the five human senses—sight, sound, touch and more—to be honed to the highest level conceivable.