"The problem in the industry," said Mike Rybovich, president of Rybovich & Sons in Riviera Beach, "is that the number of talented artisans is diminishing.
We're constantly on the lookout for experienced craftsmen in woodworking, mechanical, electrical and painting.
But the world is changing.
"We're raising our children to sell things - not to make things anymore.
Many people are graduating with master-of-business-administration or computer-programming degrees, yet there aren't enough engineers or craftsmen.
"We assume everyone should earn a degree, but a lot of people were born with a talent to use their hands," Rybovich
Carpenters also need a grasp of basic geometry and basic math, Rybovich
: "You have to know the materials, how to apply them, and how long a product will last above or below the waterline.
It takes time to develop the knowledge of where and how you need to apply paint, fiberglass, resins, epoxy primers, finish topcoats, clear coats and varnish - both interior and exterior."
As a boat builder becomes more proficient in any of these areas, he
can work up to journeyman level and earn $20 to $26 an hour with good benefits.