OnBoard Magazine - Issue XIV - 2022 Season

However, consumers must realize that the supply chain issues are compounded by inflation, fuel and transport price increases across the board. Inevitably, these price increases must be passed to the consumer for a manufacturer to remain profitable. DOING IT RIGHT Boat builders have been placed in a particularly difficult situation by the increases in material costs due to the length of the sales and construction process. In short, new boats that were contracted a year ago at a specific price cannot be built for that same price today. Burns concludes, “Supporting our customers and our dealer networks in every way we can is the top priority right now.” An order backlog is nothing new for Back Cove products. Dealers and owners understand that demand must be balanced with maintaining the highest quality and handcrafted details of each Back Cove model built. Unfortunately, the increase in demand has been coupled with a reduction in both the labor force and availability of components required to build a boat. This resulted in Back Cove making strategic decisions to maintain production levels including their current four boat model availability. Back Cove shipwrights and craftspeople continue with the same passion and dedication that has driven Back Cove through nearly two decades and over 1,000 hulls. “We are putting a tremendous amount of effort into navigating this while still delivering the best boat possible.” Burns continues, “It is important for our owners to know that the reason why they’re going through Bluewater Yacht Sales to purchase a product like Back Cove is because they are able to have confidence that they are the top focus, and their boat is the top focus.” Perhaps the most potent formula for success at Back Cove is their unrelenting pursuit of providing the best boating experience for every owner. This is Bluewater’s passion and top priority and easily explains why our relationship with Back Cove has remained in lockstep throughout the years. And, as for the current issues we face, Burns concludes, “Something’s gotta give but it will never be the boat.” 37 2022 SEASON