Voyager Marine Electronics, squared away!

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

4 Responses

  1. I like their install truck, Ben; thanks for posting that. Coincidentally, I’m just in the process of building a mobile lab into a 24-foot Wells-Cargo trailer (very hackable and robust spaces compared to RVs; this is my third in 25 years). With my 3000-sqft shop in the woods an endlessly irritating 3-hour round-trip drive away from my boat, it’s either this or the real-estate dance.
    My mobile lab uses the Prosine 2.0 inverter removed from my boat upon installation of the new Outback unit, a solar array on the roof for unattended times, lockable cabinets and a wall of parts bins, drill press, contractor table saw that rolls outside for use, and an IP video security system with motion and loop sensing. Since I’m trying to actually get moved aboard the boat sometime while I’m still alive, I’m finding that this exercise is useful in another way… it compels me to extract the nucleus of my huge lab full of legacy stuff that I’ll never use again. Once the essence is installed in the new wheel estate, I can more easily get rid of the rest.

  2. SanderO says:

    That mobil shop is the cat’s meow. I would think that this sort of capital investment, though not cheap, can mean faster install times and may be passed on to the customer. Seeing a rig like that certainly would install confidence in me about the installer.
    Good show Voyager!

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    That’s definitely the idea here, SanderO. I spoke with Voyager’s Jon Schimoler and he’s clearly thought a lot about maximizing installer hour effectiveness, which is good for his customers and hence good for his business.
    I was reminded a little of a totally squared away sail training vessel I once visited, whose proud mate claimed, “We don’t just have our sh*t together; we’ve got it in one pound bags!”

  4. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    In regards to the truck, this must be good for them attracting and keeping top notch talent as well !
    Imagine being and installer and having this at your disposal, would you ever think to leave for the competition or go solo on your own ? Would you leave a of job of 10 years, to work for this company ?
    Judging from how neat everything is, I would have to guess they get their choice from the cream of the crop.
    Is there a matching boat this can roll onto … so an installer can service boats on a mooring ?
    In regards to the showroom … that is quite a step up from my local West Marine store in regards to variety. That also must be a big expense to have when competing with internet resellers that have no overhead. Does the truck create so much customer confidence and cost savings that people who see the storefront won’t shop the internet ? Something else ?

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