The craziest project?
A. A .: The craziest? Working on a charter catamaran with 5 cabins and 5 bathrooms moving it on an owner version with 2 cabins, a bathroom, a dressing room and a library. It was 6 complete months on this catamaran of 65 feet.
The longest? A Princess V65, for a total outdoor refit of teaks.
The most common project are about teak and take most of the time 15-day projects. Then, depending on the season, the work is different. Right now, during spring and summer, it’s a lot about exteriors and small details. It’s logical, owners want a nice boat especially outdoors for sunny days … during the winter the project can be longuer and it’s more about indoors. For us, it’s more pleasant this rhythm;)
We see more and more laminate … what about the flexiteek?
A. A: Flexiteek is welded termo plastic. It’s easy to work with: we take the measures and we send it to produce at the manufacture. It’s a single piece. While as we said before with teak we normally work blade by blade.
Thus, if a corner or a small part is damaged, there is nothing to do, it must change everything .. it’s not like with teak where there, if a corner is damaged, just change the blades in question.
The big advantage? The impermeability that will win the boat. Then zero maintenance! In contrary, wood remains a living material …
Another disadvantage? It is a very, very hot material … because of the big absorption of UV. The least absorbent material is cork, teak and finally synthetic like flexiteek. Not to mention the white anti-slip that absorbs the least.
At equal quality, synthetic is not cheaper than teak, far from it … after, the advantages and disadvantages of each are often commercial arguments such as “using synthetic you don’t cut down a forest “… Also, the flexiteek is a monopoly so for us there is almost no range for negotiation on purchase prices.
Finally, we involve other profesionals so the quote goes up … Plus, the guarantee is for us.
What happen with the cork?
A. A .: The cork is bought in rolls, there are different thicknesses. It can be in individual blades although most often they assemble panels to save time.
According to the manufacturer, it will be 90% crushed cork and then polyurethane glue to assemble the grains. In others, it is 50%/50%.
The quality, the elasticity and the price are not the same … it’s like for the wine stoppers;)
Refit projects are case by case. The trends change too.
Before, the manufacturers were drying the wood before selling it during 2 to 3 years after the cut … now, you can have a delivery 3 months after the cut.
On the other hand, it’s different a table made with teak than with plywood. First, it’s not the same price. Then the advantage of plywood is that there will be less deformation. For each project, one material, on way to work.
How to calculate the quote?
A. A .: It’s an estimation of working hours. Then the experience helps a lot… For two boats of the same shape and size, the work should be the same.
Then, the labor can also be calculated on the footage, only if the boat is straight.
Finally, bigger is the project, the more the price decreases …
Thank you Anthony! Before leaving, what about your experience?
A. A .: I started at Catana, a very good experience. The projects go from the empty hull to the inside of the boat … you participate in all stages of construction: from the technical part to the design part of the furniture … After 12 years there, I started my own business 8 years ago.