There’s a boat yard in a lot of places in this country, and not just the one on the West Coast.
In some places, it’s the biggest and most visible one.
The owners of these yards are very savvy.
They know how to attract buyers, and how to turn them away.
But when they open up their doors, they have a tough time selling boats, says Jim Schoenfeld, president of Boatyard Inc., a San Francisco-based commercial boat yard that opened its doors in 2010.
“I would say about 90 percent of people who come to our boat yard are not interested in boats,” he says.
And they’re not necessarily attracted to the same type of boats as the ones they see at other yards.
“There are a lot more people who are interested in smaller, single-engine boats,” says Schoenfield.
“And they do not want to deal with a boat that has a big diesel engine and a big engine that runs on gas.”
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
A lot of people love their small boats, but the bigger boats are more practical for their lifestyle.
Plus, if you’re a person who wants to go fishing, or go fishing in the boating season, you might want a larger boat, says Schönfeld.
But if you are looking for something that’s more of a commuter boat, you may be better off with a smaller boat.
That’s the challenge for people looking to open up boat yards, which is that people have different preferences for boats, and different preferences are often more attractive than the same boat types.
Boatyard owners like Schoenfldts are hoping that, if they can attract the right people to their yard, they can turn around their boats and sell them in a way that people would like to buy them.
They are hoping to start by having a small fleet of boats.
There are currently a couple of boats in the boatyard.
The first is a boat they call the “Big Barge,” a four-foot, 1,100-pound diesel-powered diesel boat that’s one of the biggest in the Bay Area.
That boat is owned by the Schoenfrei brothers, who have a long history of boatbuilding.
They bought the boat back in 2005.
The boat is a popular boatyard favorite among the local community.
“The Big Barge is very popular,” says Tom Schoenfried, who has owned the boat for more than 30 years.
He calls it “a really good boat.”
Schoenfried says his brothers would be happy to sell the boat, if it were offered at the right price.
“We could offer $2,000,” he said.
But Schoenffldts family, who owns the boat’s owner, has made it clear that he wants the boat to stay in the Schofield family, even if that means the boat gets sold at a discount.
“We would like it to stay,” he told me.
“It’s one that we’ve always wanted.”
The Schofellers also own the “Bermuda” boat, a three-foot diesel boat, and the “Gobra” boat.
“That’s a very popular boat,” says John Hobbs, the boat owner.
“They are very happy to have it.”
Hobbs says that when he bought the Hobbs boat a few years ago, the price tag was $3,000.
He says he was thrilled when he saw how much money people were willing to pay for boats in his area.
“Everybody wants to buy a boat, but people are not willing to spend that kind of money,” he explains.
“I think the best thing to do is to get some good ideas for the business model,” Hobbs said.
“How do you do that?
How do you get people to take ownership of your boat?
We just want to do it right.”
But the Schreissels aren’t the only ones who are thinking about building boats.
In October, the owners of a boatyard in the South Bay started selling a boat called the “Lemongrass.”
That boat, with a three.5-foot engine and 4,000 pounds of displacement, is a small boat that looks like a normal diesel boat but has a huge diesel engine.
“People want to know what it’s about,” says owner Jim Schoener.
He told me that the “lemongraass” will be built by a small company, and he hopes that its price tag will be competitive with other boats on the market.
“When I see a boat with an engine that’s like 5,000, 6,000 or 7,000 pound,” Schoenfeldt says, “that’s a really great boat.”
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