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chad posted 06-04-2001 12:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for chad   Send Email to chad  
I was on a business trip in Jacksonville, Fla. last week, and was able to sneek away Thursday afternoon to be in Edgewater for the 1pm tour. I had the unbelievabe fortune to a Whaler tour one on one with Chuck Bennett. Great stuff! To a Whaler lover it's better than Disney World. The tour lasted over an hour with Chuck answering every question I asked. Any one with doubts as to the quility of the "new whalers" would be pleased with all thats going on down in Edgewater. Although he is unable to participate in the forum, I understand Chuck reads our site often. Thanks again Chuck for a memorable tour!
bigz posted 06-04-2001 05:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Chad you certainly were one lucky fellow.

I would whole heartily state that Chuck Bennett is one very fine person and a gentleman. He is a key asset to the Boston Whaler company.

Hopefully, the "economy" will start to turn up and BW will be able to get back on a 5 day work week, currently the plant is down to a 32 hour 4 day week is my understanding. Tom

lhg posted 06-04-2001 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Does anyone know why Chuck Bennett, who clearly is Whaler's "Classic" consumer affairs expert, is not able to participate on this Forum. Are we THAT bad of a group? It seems he would be a respected addition here. But I'm glad the Company people are visiting. Hopefully they are getting a lot of valuable input and feed back on the business of building boats, from the consumer's point of view. Not many boating companies are as fortunate to have such a "secret" resource, for free.

Tom, I just saw an article saying BW put all 415 production workers on 4 day, 32 hour weeks beginning April 23rd, and seven other office jobs were also eliminated.

bigz posted 06-04-2001 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Yes Larry, I knew about the 4 day 32, but the office staff is still suposed to be working 5 days 40.

I just read about the 7 office folks in Soundings Trade Only which also mentioned the above. Well better 32 hours than zip, I guess, like a few other boat builders have had to do.

whalernut posted 06-04-2001 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Chuck Bennett is a first class man, and I to am suprised he hasn`t chimed in on the Forum, since he is from the Classic Whaler Era! I wish he also could change the looks of the new Whalers back to the older ones, but maybee he can`t bite the hand that feeds him! Regards-Jack Graner.
chad posted 06-04-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
I believe that all Boston Whaler employees are not allowed to particapate in forums such as ours, good or bad. They can read the posts, but not respond. (Too many lawers in the world)
Dan posted 06-04-2001 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dan  Send Email to Dan     
Chuck Bennett has been very helpful/knowlegeable and answered numerous e-mails about my previous and current Whalers. Maybe Whaler is on 4 day work weeks due to the hot Florida summer and because they need boats for March 2002 delivery, which is a long way off.
triblet posted 06-04-2001 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Don't forget that CPD just moved north.
So whaler now has three factories (two in
FL, right?) going four days a week instead
of two going five. That's twelve working
days a week instead of ten.


lhg posted 06-05-2001 12:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Where is the CPD factory? I understand that Fred Kiekaefer, son of the Mercury outboard founder, is in charge of it, and also Mercury's racing division.
bigz posted 06-07-2001 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Chuck the CPD is still working 5 or more, they I understand have "tons" of orders. Just the Edgewater plant on 4 day week and only production. Not sure about the BAJA Boat Division of SeaRay/Brunswick at the Bucyrus, Ohio plant that's making some.


chad posted 06-07-2001 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
The far lane in the assembly room is devoted to the CPD. I was able to see several CPD boats in different stages of completion. Those boat are the most interesting to me, all custom and heavy duty. A montauk with the console moved forward and a front platform, stainless steel keel guards, dive doors neet stuff!
jimh posted 06-08-2001 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Chuck Bennett has my vote for Whaler Employee of the Year, last year, this year, and next year!

I don't think it is exactly uncommon for any company's personel to be restricted in participation on internet postings. There have been some instances of both positive and negative comments by employees creating a great deal of influence.

I think the SEC even tracked down one guy who was posting stuff about his company on the internet which had the effect of creating big upward swings in the price of its stock.

In the OMC shut down I believe there were some "disgruntled workers" that had a few things to say on line, as well.


GAwhale posted 06-08-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for GAwhale  Send Email to GAwhale     
I'm sorry, but what does CPD stand for?
triblet posted 06-08-2001 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Commercial Products Division


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