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In Carpentry, our shipwrights assemble and install the interior components (floors, ceilings, bunks, cabinets, credenzas and appliances, to name just a few) that ultimately create the staterooms, crew quarters, heads, salons and galleys. But there’s still a heckuva lot of boatbuilding left to be done – and that’s where the Trim Department comes into the equation.
This team of boatbuilders is essentially responsible for finishing the major components of the build – both inside and outside of the yacht. “We’re the last department to touch the boat before it leaves the manufacturing building and heads to the Make Ready Dock,” says Trim Department Supervisor Jason Wick. “We get to make the boat look pretty.”
The department consists of Interior Trim and Exterior Trim. We’ll start with the former. Interior Trim shipwrights install the wall-to-wall carpeting, the Amtico flooring, the blinds, the lambrequins, the valances and all of the furniture, including dinette and enclosed bridge cocktail tables, chairs, lounges and bar stools. In the staterooms, Interior Trim boatbuilders place the mattresses on their bunks, hang headboards and insert drawers into credenzas, end tables and other storage areas. In the heads, they install the upper and lower vanity inserts, including the medicine cabinets. Throughout the entire interior, this department is responsible for the assembly and installation of all latches and catches for drawers and cabinet doors.
Led by Foreman Jason Clark and Assistant Foreman Yunior Santiago, Interior Trim’s 14 boatbuilders always meet and exceed expectations no matter what the challenge. “These guys have a combined 46 years of experience, so their level of expertise is off the charts,” says Jason. “They can handle anything.”
Exterior Trim consists of 22 shipwrights. The group includes 12 installers, a five-person window-and-bridge team and five painters. They handle a myriad of parts in all shapes and sizes. The largest are the bridges – both open and enclosed units as well as the motor yacht pilothouses – and the window glass. In the enclosed bridge models, the Trim shipwrights also install the wraparound helm console and Stidd chairs. Some of the smaller parts include latches, gas pistons and gasketing for all exterior hatches.
Exterior Trim also installs the fish boxes, cockpit rod holders, flybridge ladders, anchor lockers and tackle cabinets as well as the salon doors (and their power-activated mechanisms). In addition, they take care of the boat’s ground tackle, which includes anchor locker lids and hardware, windlasses and anchor installations. And if the owner wants a davit – that’s your Trim Department, too. They’re also responsible for the rubrails and bowrail installations. The painters’ primary jobs are applying the boot and accent stripes and the infamous Viking wraparound black masks.
While the installation of carpeting and flooring are the most time-consuming jobs for Interior Trim, the application of the black masks and boot and accent stripes certainly require the highest number of man hours for Exterior Trim. “As with any type of painting, there’s a good deal of preparation before application,” says Senior Exterior Trim Foreman Gary Kozlowski. “Our black masks take four days and the boot stripes can take from three to five days, depending on the number of accent stripes and colors.”
The amount of work and responsibilities may seem daunting, but Gary and the Exterior Trim team (which includes Foreman Bob Phillips and Assistant Foreman Al Capriotti) are armed with a steadfast mentality to build a better boat every day. “We just keep plugging away at it until we get it done – and done 100 percent correctly,” says Gary, who began his career at Viking in 1979. “I learned from Bill Healey. He taught perfection, and that’s what we all strive for."
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