OAK HILLS — The fully equipped Skipjack Baja model comes with sleeping accomodations for four people, enclosed shower, refrigerator and stove at a starting price of $179,000. The fishing boat company is always looking for people who want a career learning to do something special and Skipjack Sales Manager Michael Englebrecht looks for three criteria when evaluating a boatmaker to hire.
Skipjack Yachts made their first boat in 1967. They’ve made over 4,000 in Southern California and Skipjack’s boats can be seen anywhere in the water — harbors, Catalina and out fishing. Englebrecht says sometimes the boats are 20 years older than the boats around them because they are “just that well-made.”
The boat making career path can lead to making the industry standard salary of $30 an hour or higher. Englebrecht details what he looks for in a boatmaker.
3 Criteria for Boat Making
#1 Passion for making boats
Englebrecht says building a boat is like making an art project — you put your own feel and touch into it.
#2 Be comfortable working in extreme conditions
They’re sometimes working in a very cold or very hot building or sometimes out in the sun. It’s not a desk job or working in an air conditioned room all the time.
#3 The ability to learn new things
The art of using a saw to cut a straight line, fiberglassing or being able to understand electrical components as they relate to each other. Things like that we expect people to learn.
“This isn’t a fast food place,” said Englebrecht. “You’re making something special for somebody else and you have to be proud of it when you deliver it.
That’s what we’re looking for — people who have that type of passion and consideration when they’re making something for our customers.
To apply for a boat making position contact Mr. Michael Englebrecht at 1.888.947.8337. For more information on Skipjack Yachts visit www.skipjackyachts.com.