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The Portable Boatyard

The Portable Boatyard

‘Portable boatyard’ of
knowledge provides tools
for many tasks



Never once during a span of some three decades have I ever regretted making the decision to pursue a career "messing about with boats"...

Phil Friedman in Soundings Trade Only Today

‘Portable boatyard’ of
knowledge provides tools
for many tasks

Posted on September 3rd, 2015

For more than 30 years, traveling
the environs of the recreational
marine industry, I've carried a
boatyard around in my head. As a
yacht designer and boatbuilder.
Marina and marine business
manager. Yacht yard executive.
Boating freelance and staff
writer/editor. And marine industry

Admittedly, I have not exactly
followed a great circle course
Moreover, 1 have experienced a few
groundings along the way. But —
and this is the essential point
—never once during a span of
some three decades have I ever regretted making the decision to
pursue a career “messing about with boats.”

Not exactly an auspicious beginning, but it did lay the seeds of a fascination with boats and boating...

Phil Friedman in The Portable Boatyard

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Phil Friedman in The Portable Boatyard

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My manne career started in earnest on the Lake Ene shore, where
for a couple of years in the early 1970s 1 managed a small full
service mans and boatyard, hauling and blocking boats for
winter storage with some of the most rudimentary equipment
known to man. That was when and where | developed my
araunding ww mamtenance and rea, and where 1 became one of
the hist people in the industry to utihze hear polyurethanes for
yacht panting (Imron before DuPant officially recogmzed boat
pamting as a possible application


There followed a four year stint as a teaching master at the
Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, where
wrote the curnculum for and coordinated a two year post
secondary program im recreational manne industry management
tanning. AL the same time | designed and bult boats and

produced for more than seven years a monthly column on

boatbuilding, rep and maintenance for the two major Canadian


yachting publications of the day

Then to Honda in the early 1980, where | became VP operations.
and eventually CHO for a mult location Matteras/Bertiam
deakerstup and chin of boatyards on the Gulf Coast. And after a


couple years of a sahng and hveaboard sabbatical, [settled in
Fort Lauderdale in 1989, where became senor editor of Power &
Motoryacht magasne and established a yacht industry consulting
nent prsctice


and project manage

Eventually one of my cents acquired Palmer Johnson Yachts and
recruited me to run the company. Which 1 did, as president and
C10 from 2000 until 2004, gaming the opportunity to build more
than a dozen luxury yachts mn the 2% to 50 meter range

The journey ... is ongoing ...

Phil Friedman in The Portable Boatyard

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Phil Friedman

6 years ago #22

Jan \ud83d\udc1d Barbosa, one can never go back, but... there is always a multiplicity of different routes ahead. Thank you for reading and for the kind words.

Jan 🐝 Barbosa

6 years ago #21

Great story about pursuing a passion that turns into a great job and profit..... If i could go back in time would have chosen a path i loved... Now i totally forgot my calling... Something to ponder and get mad about in my old years...

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #20

Thank you, Numo, for reading and taking the time to comment. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #19

Thank you, Lada, for the kind words.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

6 years ago #18

Phil, I'm glad I've learned more about your verily interesting life path. And I admire your journey on which you've worn numerous hats. :-) Studying and teaching logic and philosophy also helped you on this path, as well as in dealing with the negotiation and mediation processes. Logic is crucial for problem-solving in engineering, and I see you as a great problem solver.

Wayne Yoshida

6 years ago #17

Yes! The "Chicago Boat Show" and McCormick Place!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #16

Never IBBI, although ABBRA at one time.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #15

Yes, Wayne Yoshida, we might have even run into one another at IMTEC in Chicago. Well, we're both still young, and I plan to get out to the west coast at least a couple times more before swallowing the anchor. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #14

Thanks, Graham, for reading and for saying so. I will definitely keep on... for I don't know any other way. Not to mention that I have two daughters who are still in school. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #13

Yes, Don \ud83d\udc1d Kerr, I guess you might say I was raised to be a target... just not a passive one. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #12

Thanks, Kevin, for sharing and for the kind words. Cheers!

Graham🐝 Edwards

6 years ago #11

I love this story... keep on "boating" Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #10

Yes, the projectiles were dummies (did not explode) and the closest on hit the water must have been no less than 100 yards... but we were up on our feet frantically waving to the shoreside observers who, BTW, pretended to be pissed at us, but after lecturing us harshly, bought us lunch before sending us on our way. Cheers!

don kerr

6 years ago #9

Phil Friedman Clearly not the last time someone tried to blow you out of the water! Really enjoy these stories

Kevin Pashuk

6 years ago #8

Phil Friedman gives new meaning to the phrase "Whatever floats your boat!"

Kevin Pashuk

6 years ago #7

Thanks for the tag Phil. People's backstories always illuminate who they really are. In your case, your passion for things that float and being out on the water shine through.

Wayne Yoshida

6 years ago #6

Thank you for sharing your story, Phil Friedman - Interesting, fun and stressful, I am sure. But the entire journey lead you to where you are now - and to me, it looks pretty darn good. Too bad we didn't know about each other in the 80s and 90s, when I was in the marine electronics industry, I worked for a manufacturer of 2-way radios back then. Went to all the US boat shows and did customer/dealerships all over the country.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #5

Thank you, Shelley Brown, for reading and the kind words. What the article does not elaborate on is that I grew up in inner-city Chicago, first on the West Side near Roosevelt and Kedzie, then on the South Side in Hyde Park and South Shore, and finally lived walking distance from the Howard Street El station on the Chicago side of the Evanston border. A couple of years ago, I spent about nine months on-site in Chicago on a consulting contract, and I regret that you and I did not meet up online at that time. It would have been fun, I am sure, to get together. My best to you.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #4

Also mentioning Wayne Yoshida -- all highly valued online friends. Cheers to all.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #3

CC to some of my friends who have asked to be kept in the loop. Jim Murray.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #2

Thank you, Pascal, for reading and the kind words. The term came to me a while back, as I set up a field office while beginning a onsitebconsulting gig. I was pondering at the time how "portable" or nomadic I had become. Cheers! #1

Pascal Derrien

6 years ago #1

Portable Boatyard what an intriguing and interesting wording, it is powerfully imaginative :-)

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