“We’ve had a lot of success with the process. We get rid of our extra material, it covers the material and labor cost, keeps it out of the landfill, and even gives us a small profit,” he says. “I find that most people who own boats know how to repair and do simple things. So the option of finishing off a dinghy at a fraction of the price really appeals to them. We even have one customer that buys the dinghies to give as part of a package to their customers that buy an engine.”

In fact, the company has had so much success with the newly launched dinghy that it has a company that goes around the country and markets the dinghy for them. In regards to shelf life, Buckley is nothing but practical. “As a tender, its life will be a hard one. It will be launched in, hauled out and slammed around as a tender for a small- to medium–sized sail boat or used as a fishing boat. Its life will be harsh and short, and people expect that,” he says. “We’ve had people approach us about producing various parts for the dinghy, but we have to remember that the dinghy shell was a solution to our waste problem. We can’t spend too much time on it or else it will become a problem in itself. We’re here to make 60-foot vessels and it so happened we created a beneficial business solution to our lean manufacturing problem.”