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A Day in the Life of a Boat Building Trainee

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    Since Hythe Engineering joined forces to collaborate with Whitmarsh Ribs, the workshop has been buzzing with new projects and new trainees that are learning from the decades of experience held by the existing team.  

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Haydon Bunter, an ambitious trainee at Hythe. With a passion for learning and an unwavering dedication to his craft, Haydon has quickly made his mark in the industry. In this interview, Haydon shares his insights, experiences, and aspirations as he navigates the exciting world of boat building. 

    What do you like most about being a trainee? 

    As a trainee, the aspect I enjoy the most is the constant opportunity to learn something new and push myself beyond my limits. Every day brings a fresh challenge, which enables me to step out of my comfort zone.  

    What are the best projects you’ve worked on so far? 

    One of the most satisfying projects I’ve worked on involved crafting bulkheads and ensuring they fit seamlessly into the boat’s structure. Recently, I had the privilege of completing the SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) project, and worked on both a 625 and a 115 model. However, I’m eagerly looking forward to the RS7 build, which presents a unique construction process and an exciting combination of moulds. 

    What skills have you learned during your training? 

    Throughout my training, I’ve acquired a diverse range of skills. I’ve assisted with tube removal, joined decks and hulls, flipped decks, placed deck components on dollies, and fitted decks meticulously. Additionally, I’ve been involved in tasks such as electrical cable containment, polishing, finishing, installing limber holes, providing sea trial assistance, weighing boats, fitting tube liners, and executing gel washing.  

    I have also learnt the importance of attention to detail and that emphasising quality craftsmanship and finishing is of the utmost importance. When working for high-end clients like we have nothing but the best will do, has taught me to have uncompromisingly high standards. 

    What does a typical day look like for you? 

    In this line of work, no two days are ever the same. The incredible variety of tasks ensures you never get bored. While it all falls within the realm of boat building, each project is unique, and the methods employed are rarely identical. This ever-changing nature of the job keeps me engaged and motivated. 

    What is the toughest thing you’ve had to do or learn? 

    One of the most challenging skills I’ve encountered is gel washing. It requires immense precision to consistently achieve the desired results. The standards for gel washing are exceptionally high, and I’m committed to upholding them. Although the technique itself isn’t difficult, the attention to detail required to achieve perfection can be quite demanding. 

    What do you envision for your future career? 

    I genuinely hope to remain in this industry until I retire. The boat-building industry is incredible, offering fantastic opportunities not only within the UK but also abroad. While I do aspire to start my own business eventually, my current goal is to establish a long-term career with Hythe as there is so much to learn here and I really enjoy being a part of a team with such a wealth of knowledge. I’m content where I am, and see myself continuing to contribute to the great work done by the HTS team for the foreseeable future. 

    What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a trainee? 

    My advice is simple—go for it! Give it a shot. Regardless of the outcome, I can guarantee you’ll have an incredible experience and gain valuable skills along the way. Even if it doesn’t work out, the lessons you learn during your training will undoubtedly prove beneficial in other aspects of life. Seize the opportunity, and who knows what amazing things you’ll accomplish! 

    Haydon said his goodbyes and told us, “Right, I’m gonna go build some boats.”  

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