Who we are and how we started **NORTH PACIFIC YACHTS**
What started as a fun family project trying to design the “perfect” boat ended with the forming of North Pacific Yachts in January 2004 when the first NP43 arrived in Seattle for the Boats Afloat Show. At the time we (John and Trevor Brice) had been boating in the Pacific Northwest for 23 years and owned several different boats ranging from 12-44,’ from slow trawlers to fast planing hulls. We always found ourselves complaining about the way things were installed, the lack of storage or the poor layout. From our experiences we knew we wanted to have a yacht with good visibility from a pilothouse, a full beam spacious interior, covered outside areas, no exterior teak, easy access to all equipment among many other things. We worked on the design of the NP43 for years until one day we drew it up with chalk to scale on the pavement and asked a naval architect to look at it and put it into AutoCad. From there we spent another year working with the factory John had sourced in China and tweaking the design until we knew we had exactly what we were looking for.
John has been dealing with factories in Asia for more than 35 years and even operated a factory in Taiwan for three years in the 1970s. In 1984 he founded Quality Craft Ltd (http://www.qualitycraft.ca); a company that has grown from one office and one employee (himself) to 10 offices and 70 employees throughout North America and China. Quality Craft Ltd. supplies hundreds of retailers around North America from companies with just one store to the largest multinational retailers with a wide range of over 800 different products. John has imported billions of dollars worth of products and his extensive experience in dealing with manufacturers has been a great help in making North Pacific Yachts a successful venture. Not only was his manufacturing experience vital but his creation of the Quality Craft model – a low-cost, high-volume business – gave us the experience we needed to look at how trawlers were marketed in a whole different way (see the FAQ section to understand more about the NP business model and our strategy to offering great value). John currently spends the majority of his time in Asia working to develop his China offices and new products.
I started boating at 6 weeks old and have been passionate about it ever since; spending as much time on the water as possible. My other passion is flying so after graduating high-school, I completed a 4 year program earning a Commercial Pilot License with a Multi-Engine Instrument rating. From a young age I was also very interested in my Dad’s business and so I also completed a business degree while learning to fly. Midway through the program I realized that flying everyday was not something I wanted to do and so we began discussing not only building the 43’ Pilothouse for our family, but also starting a business. During university I tried several other projects like importing electric bikes, art and even ultra-light aircraft engines from the Czech Republic. Seeing this as another good learning experience my Dad agreed to finance the business and from the start made it clear that it was in my hands while always making himself available for advice. Since North Pacific Yachts was formed in 2004 we have delivered more than 100 yachts to satisfied owners. I hope to continue to grow this business over the years and as you can see our line continues to expand. We now offer 5 models from 28-49’ and are planning other new models. I am dedicated to customer satisfaction and continually looking for ways to improve the quality of our boats and the service that we provide as I know how important it is to the future success of North Pacific Yachts.
The factory is a stunning facility with over 200,000 sq.ft of covered workspace. On site there is a building dedicated to lamination, a woodworking shop, a dust free paint shop, a building for metal working, the production building where boats are mostly complete and a final finishing area. There is a well organized and well equipped storage facility, a large kitchen for staff meals and beautiful offices for CAD design and production management. The factory is located on a river and has a travel lift so boats can be launched and sea trailed before shipping. Management experience goes as far back as 1967 in Taiwan with over 3000 yachts constructed.
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East Coast Sales Contacts:
Dennis Browne – 352-342-4012; [email protected]