Posted by: arbeam | July 21, 2017

July 14: SAFE Boats International Tour

A fortunate group of Navy League members and guests assembled at the headquarters of SAFE Boats International in Bremerton, WA for a tour on July 14, 2017.  Upon arrival we were enthusiastically greeted by JD Schultz and Cindy McFarland, who conducted our tour.

SAFE Boats was established in 1997 and is a foremost manufacturer of aluminum boats for defense, security and first responder customers.  There are 2000 boats in service world wide in over 60 countries.  160 state and local customers are included, as well as the US Government.

Manufacturing facilities are in Bremerton and Tacoma, WA.  it is in Tacoma that the largest boats are built.  The work force, many of whom are veterans, presently totals 375 employees and there are plans to hire an additional 20 soon.  SAFE Boats manufactures boats of many different sizes and types from 23′ center console designs to the 85′ SAFE Mk VI.  In between are full cabin, interceptor, walk around cabin, EMT and full cabin inboard.  Most come in varying sizes and all are customized to meet customer requirements.

We were taken for a walk around the shop areas, both inside and outside, where we could view the many steps in the approximately 3 month manufacturing cycle.  A pretty incredible and very impressive process.

The SAFE Boats International mission is to “provide the brave men and women in uniform with the most reliable boats that allow them to complete their mission, save lives, and protect freedom around the world.”  It appears that they are doing this very well.

Sincere thanks to JD, Cindy and, as always, to Byron Faber for making the necessary arrangements for this tour. Norm Martin

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