Mark Gagnon, Burger's director of manufacturing, oversees pretty much everything that gets done inside the new building shed.
That includes welding of the largest and smallest items, from the yacht's hull itself to the insides of the fuel tanks.
His teams have had to learn new ways of doing old tasks as Burger strives to build a better-engineered, higher-quality custom motoryacht.
In the new furniture shop down the road from the main Burger Boat Company facility, craftsmen are building the yacht's interior from digital plans sent over from Vripack in Holland. It's the first time they've ever done so, having previously built the interiors right into the yacht hulls.
The plans for the Time for Us interior call for 15 coats of polyurethane on each bulkhead panel, drawer face, and piece of molding that goes onboard. Burger has invested in new equipment to mechanize part of that process, to achieve a finer finish than any human being could possibly accomplish by hand with a spray gun.
Good fairing leads to a smooth exterior paint job, so Burger's craftsmen ensure every construction scratch and dent are gone before painting can begin. Here, workers focus on the seating area forward of the main helm.
The scale of the project can be seen here, as an employee works on smoothing the welds of the hull. Burger has even brought in additional workers to help serve extra shifts.
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