Helmut joined his older brother Richard at McMichael Yacht Yard in 1980. His technical and analytical background is perfectly suited for managing a workforce that repairs and services offshore racing and cruising sailboats. Commissioning new boats sold by McMichael brokers is only part of the job. The other 300 customers own various types of boats, some dating back to the 1980s when McMichael was C&C Yachts’ and Pearson Yachts’ largest dealer.
His broad knowledge of past models is essential to their proper maintenance and repair. The yard department heads in charge of sailboat rigging, mechanical (Yanmar and Volvo service, parts, repowering and warranty), fiberglass structural repair, painting (Awlgrip and gelcoat), and electronics installation and repair report to Helmut. A hands-on manager, Helmut is usually found working with the crew on one of the many projects. At the end of the day, “customer satisfaction” is his goal.