Definition of a yacht builder :
The Founders 42+ years of boat building and repair. Hands on history. 
 From the quartermaster:
   It all started here in San Diego in 1976, back when Greg Moore was in the USN. He went to school right next to Shelter Island at the US Navy's Anti Sub warfare base. For three years he looked out of his classroom windows and could see Driscoll's Wharf and wondered about Shelter Island. Greg later went 17,000 miles underway going around the pacific rim on a 230 ft navy frigate where he took care of all the anti submarine warfare divisions technical needs as an E-5 STG-2. Greg says "we had diesel generators just to power our sonars, so they made me an engine-man too." Greg had chilled water systems which cooled 63 electronic cabinets the size of refrigerators. Each full of circuit boards that need to be kept cool, so they made him a refrigeration expert and plumber. Then they made him volunteer to handle nuke bombs so they sent Greg to nuke school at coronado and taught him high reliability. Then onto pilot rescue school, and so on and so on. You get the idea. Enlisted guys like Greg Moore are the ones who do the work. They are the hands on guys. That's as old school as it gets and after practicing industrial marine engineering and building arts for the last 42 years, they don't male guys like Greg anymore.  
    Navy guys today get very little training and the govt. uses civilian pros to work on most ships. Greg later finished college on the the G.I. bill, then worked at sea world as an electronics tech for his first job. A job with a show must go on mentality and discipline. From there he got his dream think tank job as an electrical engineer at Square D advanced development. But, after two years there, he learned alot and moved to have more fitness and the sea in his life. The sea kept calling. 
    Greg was a water-man and a father at age 17 which he raised his son. Back when he was young a medal winning swimmer. When the surf was big, corp america had to wait. Greg did go back to school and got his associated degree in electronics before starting his career as Knight and Carvers Custom yacht builders electrical engineer.
   Today, Greg says he love's work more than anything else on the planet and loves working everyday. 
  Greg started his self employment, already schooled and trained as a marine electrical engineer. Gregs first job in non navy was with Jim Garcia working on Fred Duckets boat called the Temptation. Moore recalls, "they gave me a little spoon and for two weeks I got down to the shaft box and was cleaning rotten crab claws out from around the shaft. Yes, my first civilian marine contract was with the late Fred Duckett, the owner of the Fish Market. His partner was JR Johnson, the owner of NEWMAR Marine electronics. Greg said "his good buddy and I discussed his battery charger designs, he said he knew his stuff." Knowing so much about electrical and electronics, the wires went everywhere. Greg soon wanted to learn about building the whole boat. One summer he built houses as a teen drop out, its in his blood.
   In 1984 Greg started Ocean Engineering Co. and caught a break at the Crows nest brokerage and outfitted new Bertram yachts for Mr Rob Sterling. A Movie star like ex Aussie Americas Cup Sailor who took a liking to Gregs youth and enthusiasm at age 26. Rob sold a ton of Bertrams and Greg did all his commissioning and begin to learn about small pleasure boats. 
    
    Today Greg Moore designs are proven and have been tested around the world. Gregs clients boats got to the simplest and most sound solution. Mr Moore will design for the worst luck on the worst day, to the weakest or oldest or most sick passenger. No one likes complicated. 
    Greg says " The watercraft machine dictates, you just hold onto the tail. You might be the most powerful man or woman but you don't tell a boat what to do. It tells you! You must listen to her and how the boat speaks to you. Thats where I come in. I'm the lone voice of the boat. " Sometimes I get to tell you truthfully how easy it will be and sometimes i have to tell you why it will cost 4 times what we thought. Its very hard to see the future and sometimes to get a good price the guys have to get in there and work a while to see where hey are at. All boating is one of a kind prototype work. 
  
    Greg and Boat Yard San Diego are also navy contractors in very good standing. You mess up once with the navy and your out for life. 

Over 42 year career, Greg has earned hundreds of trade licenses that have all expired long ago. Before there was an ABYC certification Greg contributed to the committees that designed the boat building and electrical standards.. However, he made contributions to the creation of the ABYC electrical standards as part of a committee of boat builder contributors. Back in 1988 while designing for K&C. 
     The hardest licensed for him to get was the US gov. Fed Com Commissions 1st class electronic tech license. He said "A bar exam would have been easier." Moore once had his GMDSS inspectors license. He surveyed boats for a few years and completed well over the 40 marine surveys. Enough required surveys to be a SAMS surveyor but he likes building boats better.  
    In 1998 Greg was elected as US western director in for a trade organization called NMEA, the National Marine Electronics Association. During his term he worked on the current NMEA2000 data bus architecture what ended up being J1939 data Can Bus which was authored by the NMEA organization. This same standard still today ties the entire ship together. The data stream sends information going in both directions. 
    Greg says "Head this warning. Boating is not an industry. The auto business is an industry." Greg went on to say "After meeting marine business owners on a global scale while at NMEA, its mom and pop everywhere and no one makes high profits. " The lesson for us all is that everyone in the marine business other than 600ft boats, the U.S. navy or research ships are just mom and pop shops. Little companies which after the founder moves on, they often are never the same. 
   In Greg's boat building career he learned there are pockets of marine expertise around the world from men who have spun off from parent companies. Like Vancouver Canada for steering, India for ship wrecking, Philippines for tax free labor, Ft lauderdale for fancy interiors, Seattle for strong hull builds, and San Diego is a mecca for talent and parts. Greg feels you cant build a boat in a better spot.
    Because of the navy, boating seems big but our so called industry is very small. Look at the number of boats in slips. Only 3000 slips.  No one is getting rich off your big boy toys or any fishing boats. So be nice and don't expect to be treated like a car dealership where they have 600% profit margins. Not even the biggest companies make that much net profit. If they do, the city permits or lawyers take it. Ask Knight and Carver. Now they are bankrupt after 55 years. So please go easy on your boat doctors and gurus. You will quickly come full circle in this small club of actual workers. Not guys in offices.  
    The structural side of the business can be easy If you Greg get involved from the beginning. Greg is the guy to do it right the first time. Full set of plans can cost as little as 10 grand. 

    SeaPower Engineering was Gregs second company 1996-2007 after yacht building for K&C. Since then Greg had the opportunity to rebuild many Man and Cummins engines. Change shafts, do engine mounts. Greg can now Design the FRP fiberglass layouts, molds, vacuum bagging, extreme carpentry and some really high end interior stuff. Don't let his dirty hands and cover alls fool you. Moore has been involved with the worlds best yachts and clients. Starting back at knight and carver Greg got to help build the Mil So Mar, Sea Mist 72', Newmar 88',  Hallelujah 70' , Dulcinea 80', Xylophone 72, Croupier 70'  the "La Mar" 80' an ABS standard for city of LA water monitoring. 
       That was a great start to many years of dockside service calls. Seeing new builds then seeing what really happens at sea gives Greg a special perspective. Knowledge that you would have to have spent 40 years at sea doing this stuff to understand and foresee like he can. 

 Greg has solely been responsible for over 25,000 different marine work orders at marina slips and doing dockside service on boats of all sizes and types and in 5 countries. That's technical experience that's in high demand and you need it. 
    So don't play with anyone heads or try and low ball them. Greg knows when you do that. He won't ever lie to you, the price is the price. Gregs ex navy, lying is called gun-decking and if done while still in the navy, its one of the most terrible offenses a sailor can commit. So lets get to the real truth and real cost to your boating needs. Don't just kick the dog after you get the bill and when you see how much it cost. Its your toy, don't blame the poor mechanics. 

Greg goes on to say " I love working for boaters who have owned enough boats to appreciate how hard things are and how much longer it takes to work on a boat." "You can try and go cheaper all you want but, it will cost you more in the end." "Believe me, I have tried a thousand times myself to cut a corners or to save money and it just cost me more."

Greg has his own Mikelson 60ft sportfisher he rebuilt from sinking over 5 years and one million in parts. He knows how you feel. Greg has over the years hired many of the marine contractors just like the other boat yards do. Greg says " Every time I tried to go cheap labor, it cost me more and I got crap work while losing time and materials." Workers like working for Greg because he is right there with them on the boat, not in an office. Your job can go more quickly when he pulls together his 42 plus years of experienced teams of skilled craftsmen.

What's the best? Knowledge, tools, sweat and seeing the situation clearly isn't everything. Boaters hate paying. Gregs work is often like a dentist does. You have a cavity and know it will soon turn into an abscess but you just want to close your eyes and make it go away. You don't want the bill and you immediately want the drilling and pain to stop. 
      Then you can relax and have fun again. Take pride in knowing you can't get it done cheaper anywhere else than his boatyard and just do it. The envelope of good science and practical boat repair is in front of you.
     Greg and his contractors have become very dependable for everyone and anyone who can communicate with us. It helps us stay on top of the real cost issues by talking it out with you. Don't get the lowest number stuck in your head. If Greg happens to mentioned a number and he hasn't seen your boat or done a full discovery, at first glance it's always less. Then you work a little and you think a little longer and work a little harder and you see sometimes it goes faster and more often alot slower.  

   Boat Yard SD has plenty of boats with problems. We don't need to make problems up. Engineering doesn't lie. There are no mystery's in marine work. Once the problem is solved, its always simple. But its not easy getting to simple. 

Greg or his staff will still go and do dockside services, for any boat we have already remodeled. I'll make an exception for an exceptional boat or client. We have an extensive family of newly built or remodeled boats we did over the years that keep us plenty busy. Greg says he needs your boat yard business. He wants it, he will earn it. 

BYSD also buys their own large salvage vessels. Some right off the bottom of the ocean. Call us if you see something. Sometimes awesome boats get so bad due to lack of maintenance or maybe an engine bowing up yet again, sometimes it takes a sinking to allocate enough budget to fully bring a boat back to new again. Sad but true. Else its easier to buy new than to fully restore. 

Come by the boat yard and meet the staff. You'll will see large quantities of specialized machinery, equipment and men at work. 
The decades pass