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Thunderbolt Marine, Thunderbolt GA

Yacht Cabinet Maker/Joiner

Job Description

The Yacht Cabinet Maker / Joiner will perform detailed joiner and carpentry repair assignments onboard vessels in conjunction with shop bench work while using wood and other commonly encountered marine joinery materials. This individual will inspect, install, repair, modify, construct, rebuild and maintain woodwork and other related cabinetry structures. The candidate must be able to perform under minimal supervision and with limited details, or proceed in the absence of construction drawings which may not be available. Ideally, the candidate would be able to interpret yacht restoration assignments as provided by the departmental supervisor, plan and execute projects to periodically include developing a bill of materials to complete said project. The yacht carpenter will be skilled in the operation of all hand tools; as well as, set-up and operation of specialized woodworking equipment to achieve the desired end result.

Technical Skills

  • Transfer dimensions to marine construction materials using tape measure, square and marking/layout tools & devices of all types.
  • Operate stationary power tools, hand power tools and hand tools to cut, form and finish materials to yacht quality standards.
  • Make accurate cuts of wood and other materials using table and chop saws and other related power tools.
  • Excellent working knowledge of most woodworking joints in the marine industry, such as scarf, sill splice, lap, finger and dovetail.
  • Layout, cut and assemble components, such as furniture, cabinets, decks, trim, handrails, cap rails, doors, paneling, boxes and other marine related joinery work.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in the use and application of epoxies and other adhesives to bond parts and perform basic joint construction and repair, while also being familiar with yachts varnishes and polyurethanes as applied to custom yacht cabinetry and furniture.
  • Ability to meet schedule and budget for projects, inclusive of working overtime when necessary.
  • Understands yachting terminology, local and industry, e.g., port/starboard, bow/stern, gump (trim molding) and bung (wood plug).
  • Capable of reading and interpreting blueprints, drawings, and conceptual hand sketches if required.
  • Skilled at troubleshooting leaks, squeaks, warps and making recommendations for appropriate repair.
  • Ability to apply caulking compounds, epoxies, cements, screws and fasteners using appropriate material choices to specified or otherwise correct lengths.
  • Follow prescribed safety rules and OSHA regulations while maintaining a safe, clean work area.
  • Perform other related duties as may periodically be requested.


  • High school or general equivalency degree (GED) required with course work in wood and/or metals preferred.
  • Basic computer skills and ability to read, write and perform basic math calculations.
  • Knowledge, operation, and set-up of tape measure, square, hand saw, hand plane, table saw, and chop saw, planer, joiner, band saw, shaper, surface sander, router, vacuum pumps, and inverted router.
  • Sixty (60) months Cabinetry work experience desired with boatbuilding/repair experience a plus.
  • Must have a complete understanding of marine grade types of hardwoods and plywoods for each application; as well as, types of glue to use under assembly for the intended application.
  • Must have a good work ethic and attitude.
  • Must maintain a high standard of workmanship.
  • Must be capable of performing many interconnected tasks such as outfitting of hardware to both vessel interior and exterior..
  • Must possess the ability to periodically board vessels in and out of the water, work steadily in confined spaces, climb, lift and move lumber, tools and supplies as necessary.
  • Ability to stoop, crouch, pull, push, reach, hear, near vision, kneel, talk, stand, grasp, lift up to 50 lbs and be able to walk quickly to and from job locations up to 500 yards in distance are required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employers.

Interpersonal & Service Skills

  • Problem Sensitivity - the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Tendency to display endurance and capacity for a fast pace.
  • Follows policies, accepts external controls and supervision while working within the rules.
  • Possess a positive attitude regarding people and outcomes.
  • Tendency to be friendly, cooperative, agreeable and conduct oneself as a team player.
  • Ability to easily adapt to changes in organizational and departmental priorities.
  • Knows limitations and when to ask for assistance.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time or without notice.

Physical Requirements

Applicants may be subject to environmental conditions such as cold, heat, exposure to noise, hazards, and confined spaces/close quarters. Applicants must be aware of the work environment at all times. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, use hands and fingers, handle tools or controls, and talk.


Starting pay up to $30 depending upon candidate experience. Benefits after 30 days. 401K and Profit sharing after 12 months of employment. Standard work week is 40 hours / week.


  • 401K
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays / Vacation Days
  • Relocation Assistance for highly qualified candidates


Monday to Friday Overtime & Weekends as necessary

Position Type

Full Time / Hourly

EEO Statement

Thunderbolt Marine, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be provided equal consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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