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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:47 PM
Cool experience.. get to see first hand how they make these aweseom boats...

amazing to see how everything is done by hand and no automation. All aspects of the boat and manufactured in house in order to maintain quality!

Each boat has 500 man hours put into it! I know a bit about auto manufacturing.. I don't think any car has even close to that much put into it! let alone hand built!

They build 14 boats per day and on average a boat takes 40 hours from begining to end!


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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:48 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:48 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:49 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:50 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:52 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:53 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:53 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:54 PM
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CottagerGreg
12-11-2008, 03:54 PM
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damaged442
12-11-2008, 03:56 PM
Awesome shots! Thanks!

flipper
12-11-2008, 03:57 PM
Great pics!!!!! Thanks for sharing

atlfootr
12-11-2008, 07:48 PM
Definitely, thanks for sharing them.

atlfootr
12-11-2008, 07:51 PM
Yea thanks, that was a lot of work taking all those pictures .... nice job :D
And remember ....

Witness140
12-11-2008, 07:56 PM
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Mastercraft%20Factory%20Tour/IMG_0038.jpg[/QUOTE]

I think that's JohnE's 214!!!!

JohnE
12-11-2008, 08:38 PM
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Mastercraft%20Factory%20Tour/IMG_0038.jpg

I think that's JohnE's 214!!!![/QUOTE]


That's it. About 2 weeks behind schedule.:(:D

Nice Pic's, FD.:cool:

Roonie's
12-11-2008, 09:09 PM
makes me want to order a new boat to my specifications...... would love to go to the factory sometime to see where the magic happens.

mckevin
12-11-2008, 09:10 PM
John, Do you have a delivery date yet? Mine is right there with yours somewhere. It came out of the mold Monday afternoon.

Witness140
12-11-2008, 09:12 PM
I'm jealous, mine wont be started until end of January apparently. On the bright side, it won't be sitting at the dealership very long when it arrives late Feb! Psyched!

sand2snow22
12-12-2008, 12:06 AM
Great pics, thanks for sharing! I love that blue X-15.

mayo93prostar
12-12-2008, 07:49 AM
nice pics, thanks. the decks look complicated to lay the fiberglass. also interesting that they put the speakers in before they put the deck on the hull.

JohnE
12-12-2008, 08:16 AM
John, Do you have a delivery date yet? Mine is right there with yours somewhere. It came out of the mold Monday afternoon.


My original delivery date was 12/2 so the original completion date was around 11/27 or so. My new completion date was 12/9 and I assume it still isn't done yet. Apparantly all the tourists are slowing production.:D I'll have to call today and check the status.

RWB_XSTAR
12-15-2008, 10:21 PM
Glad the tour worked out for you on the way down here to East TN! I need to go out there sometime soon.

CottagerGreg
12-15-2008, 10:54 PM
You really aren't that far at all.. maybe 45 mins... Really neat experience!

SunCoast 83
12-16-2008, 07:58 PM
It would be cool to see some vintage factory pics...if they existed. Back when they were pumping Stars & Stripes out of that place. Really cool pics, thanks.

JohnE
12-17-2008, 07:09 PM
It would be cool to see some vintage factory pics...if they existed. Back when they were pumping Stars & Stripes out of that place. Really cool pics, thanks.


Vintage pic's would be cool. But I'm guessing that there aren't many in existence. I'm thinking that back then there was nothing to be proud of inside the factor. I hope that doens't get taken out of context. It was all about the final product. But icbw.

TMCNo1
12-17-2008, 07:35 PM
Vintage pic's would be cool. But I'm guessing that there aren't many in existence. I'm thinking that back then there was nothing to be proud of inside the factor. I hope that doens't get taken out of context. It was all about the final product. But icbw.

I have a VHS video tape made of the tour given by Skip Gilkerson of the old factory in Maryville on January 10, 1990.

TallRedRider
12-17-2008, 08:48 PM
What is this guy doing here?

The pics are awesome! Blew the heck out of the water anyone's opportunity to flash the TTIWWP at him.

Do they just set the stringers in there on top of some industrial strength glue?

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Mastercraft%20Factory%20Tour/IMG_0024.jpg

2RLAKE
12-17-2008, 09:01 PM
he's getting ready to put in the floor/stringer. They first put down the adhesive, then lay in the stringer/floor, then put it under tons of hydraulic pressure.

Everyone should take a tour .. we try to go about once a year. My kids still have some fiberglass scraps on thier desk from when we went to look at our X14 ... they love going there.

Dont we all love our MCs!

JohnE
12-17-2008, 09:09 PM
I have a VHS video tape made of the tour given by Skip Gilkerson of the old factory in Maryville on January 10, 1990.

Well I hope you are copying it as I type so you can send it to me. In fact, it would serve you well to make it into 2 dvd's. One for you and one for me.....!!!!!:cool:

When you are done you can get to work on scanning those old polaroids.:D

footinfool
01-06-2009, 11:35 AM
:D i took the factory tour in november. totally awesome!! makes you so glad you own a mastercraft. being a past owner of a nautique and malibu, and have toured their factories, i am so glad i bought a mastercraft this time around instead of another malibu. would have been a huge, huge, mistake. best built boat in the industry period!!!! no comparison. they buy a boat and disect and cut it up from each company and show the differences between the big three boat companys at each stop in the tour. could not find one place mastercraft cuts corners. a must take tour for everybody!!!! non MC owners included. tour the rest then go buy the best!!!! thanks so much mastercraft!!!!!:headbang:

JimN
01-06-2009, 12:33 PM
Do they just set the stringers in there on top of some industrial strength glue?

Just? Most of those adhesives are a lot stronger than the materials. Beats screwing everything to wooden stringers and using a little epoxy on the edges or the way Tige does it. Ever see a boat sent back because it was listing to port because the foam in the stringers sucked up water and return listing to starboard? We sent one and they refused to cover it, so the customer and our store sued, and won. Tige ended up refunding the retail price + tax and fees.

They absolutely loved their Maristar.

sand2snow22
01-06-2009, 02:38 PM
Jim, maybe that's the reason Tige doesn't use wood anymore!

JimN
01-06-2009, 05:05 PM
Jim, maybe that's the reason Tige doesn't use wood anymore!

I'm not sure they were using wood at the time but whatever they were using for foam, was open-cell.

TallRedRider
01-06-2009, 08:04 PM
Just? Most of those adhesives are a lot stronger than the materials. Beats screwing everything to wooden stringers and using a little epoxy on the edges or the way Tige does it. Ever see a boat sent back because it was listing to port because the foam in the stringers sucked up water and return listing to starboard? We sent one and they refused to cover it, so the customer and our store sued, and won. Tige ended up refunding the retail price + tax and fees.

They absolutely loved their Maristar.

I don't know as much about what is under the floor of these boats as I should. The newer adhesives are in most cases stronger than what they are bonding together for sure. I agree.

I would think that a few years ago, there would not have existed such adhesives and I wonder how the stringers are attached to the boats in those times.

CottagerGreg
01-06-2009, 11:46 PM
windshield adhesive is strong as heck... also ever go to home depot and buy PL Bond industial glue...

You can hang a body off a plate you glue ot a metal beam!

JimN
01-07-2009, 09:20 AM
I don't know as much about what is under the floor of these boats as I should. The newer adhesives are in most cases stronger than what they are bonding together for sure. I agree.

I would think that a few years ago, there would not have existed such adhesives and I wonder how the stringers are attached to the boats in those times.

Remember the Pontiac Fiero and that long-nosed mini-van from GM? The door skins and some body panels are plastic and glued on. 3M has/had an adhesive called System 2000, sold at NAPA and other places, which is exceptionally strong. There's also one called Plexus, which we used to repair leaking damping boxes on Malibu boats when I worked at a dealership in '99-'00.

Another factor in how well an adhesive holds is in what kinds of forces it's resisting- tensile of shear.

Itsme
01-07-2009, 11:17 AM
Remember the Pontiac Fiero and that long-nosed mini-van from GM? The door skins and some body panels are plastic and glued on. 3M has/had an adhesive called System 2000, sold at NAPA and other places, which is exceptionally strong. There's also one called Plexus, which we used to repair leaking damping boxes on Malibu boats when I worked at a dealership in '99-'00.

Another factor in how well an adhesive holds is in what kinds of forces it's resisting- tensile of shear.


I have been in a number of boat factories and seen the way they put the parts of the boats together.

Many of the more progressive manufacturers are using design build technology that incorporates parts that fit together like a puzzle with specific landing areas. In these landing areas, two parts of fiberglass connect and are bonded together with plexus (looks like Aquafresh toothpaste).

The chemical bond created by using Plexus between two pieces of fiberglass is actually stronger than the fiberglass itself. Far superior to the old technique of using stainless steel fasteners and sealants.

coz
01-07-2009, 12:08 PM
You can hang a body off a plate you glue ot a metal beam!

AKA Krazy Glue?

http://www.beerleaguehockey.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/krazy-glue.jpg

JimN
01-07-2009, 04:06 PM
I have been in a number of boat factories and seen the way they put the parts of the boats together.

Many of the more progressive manufacturers are using design build technology that incorporates parts that fit together like a puzzle with specific landing areas. In these landing areas, two parts of fiberglass connect and are bonded together with plexus (looks like Aquafresh toothpaste).

The chemical bond created by using Plexus between two pieces of fiberglass is actually stronger than the fiberglass itself. Far superior to the old technique of using stainless steel fasteners and sealants.

Unless there was some contaminant, those bonds are just about as permanent as they get. The holes for screws, bolts and rivets cause a lot of weak spots and with shear, the holes are embiggened, causing failure.

That Plexus was pretty cool- potent fumes, too.

sand2snow22
01-07-2009, 05:12 PM
. Far superior to the old technique of using stainless steel fasteners and sealants.

Is that how malibu does their seat bases?