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Pacific Mariner 85 - Production Built Custom Quality

SEA Magazine

If you want a Pacific Mariner 85, don't hesitate. Production is sold out through hull No. 15, which means if you order one today, it will be late 2008 when you'll take delivery. The big question: Is it worth the wait?

It must be if so many buyers are already lined up to take delivery: What are these buyers seeing when they look at the Pacific Mariner 85? We toured the factory and went aboard hull No. 9 to take a closer look, just like many potential buyers do.

To begin, Pacific Mariner does it all in house. Walking through the factory we saw may people working in departments that don't usually exist in a boat building plant.

Teamwork

It must be if so many buyers are already lined up to take delivery: What are these buyers seeing when they look at the Pacific Mariner 85? We toured the factory and went aboard hull No. 9 to take a closer look, just like many potential buyers do.

Skilled craftsmen build the cabinets a stone's throw from the hulls they will be installed into. Buyers get a choice of American cherry or mahogany for the interior. Materials are cut, assembled, stained and finished to furniture quality, including dovetailed drawers.

This allows quality control and makes the cabinetmaking department part of the team that builds the boats. Adjustments to cabinet patterns can be made and jigs can be built as needed while the first boats are built, making fit and finish better.

The cabinets are then topped with granite that is installed by Pacific Mariner's in-house crew. Special skills are required to work with granite, so having theses craftsmen on site also adds to quality control.

Most surprising, however, was the upholstery department. All the cushions, pillows and other upholstery are made in-house. Buyers are given a choice of fabric designs and shades from preselected material chosen for appropriateness and budget. On-site assembly guarantees that upholstered panels fit right, patterns line up properly - and if any adjustments need to be made, they happen immediately instead of waiting while an off-site manufacturer remakes a piece.

Quality control is something we heard a lot about at the plant. Pacific Mariner's goal has been to build one of the finest and most complete boats on the market, providing outstanding value for the consumer.

To meet this goal, the company has chosen to build the 85 (and her smaller sibling, the 65) one way. While upholstery and wood choices are up to the consumer, the layout of all the boats is identical.

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