Boat Repairer

Repair wooden and fiberglass boats.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Boat Repairers do?

Repairs wooden and fiberglass boats according to blueprints and customer specifications, using handtools and power tools: Confers with customer or supervisory personnel and reads blueprints to determine repairs needed and plan sequence of operations. Examines boat to determine location and extent of defect. Cuts out defective area, using power saw, drills, and handtools. Measures and records dimensions of defective area and lays out dimension lines and reference points on materials, using rules, straightedge, squares, and scribing instruments. Sets up and operates saws, joiners, planers, and shapers to fabricate repair parts. Positions and fits repair part in boat and secures part to boat, using caulking gun, adhesive, or carpenter’s handtools. Cuts fiberglass material to specified size and patches defective surfaces [BOAT PATCHER, PLASTIC]. Smooths repaired surfaces, using power sander. Installs fittings and equipment according to customer specifications, using handtools and portable power tools. Hand brushes or sprays paint or other finishing solution on repaired areas and waxes and buffs area to specified finish.

Should I be a Boat Repairer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bridge Repairer, Crate Repairer, Meat-Cutting-Block Repairer, Timber Repairer

    How to become a Boat Repairer

    Boat Repairers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Boat Repairer-related education!
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