A Q&A with Yacht Care Technician George Winski
George Winski is one of the experienced and certified yacht care technicians working at Yacht Management South Florida Inc. As a yacht care technician, he is responsible for handling equipment installations, electric systems maintenance, hardware repairs, and a multitude of other services at our South Florida marina and full-service boatyard.
As a crucial member of our yacht maintenance team, George Winski is always on the move. We sat down with George on one of his short breaks and asked him a few questions. Find out more about him and what it takes to be a yacht care technician.
Yacht Management: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
George Winski: I was born in Boynton Beach, Florida, but I was raised in Warsaw, Poland.
YM: Where do you currently reside?
GW: I live in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
YM: Where did you go to school and what did you study?
GW: I went to Palm Beach State College and got an Associates in Electrical Technology.
YM: Do you have any certifications relevant to the yacht maintenance field, or your position as Yacht Care Technician specifically?
GW: Yes, I am Raymarine certified in electrical assembly and soldering.
YM: What yacht maintenance skill are you most proud of or confident in?
GW: I’m confident when doing electrical work, which is intimidating for most people.
YM: What is a day-in-the-life of a Yacht Care Technician like?
GW: A roll of the dice! You never know if you will be in a coffin-like space turning wrenches or in an AC environment tinkering with electronics. That’s what I like about it, it’s something different every day.
YM: What’s the best part of working at Yacht Management South Florida, Inc.?
GW: The variety of work I get to be exposed to at Yacht Management is great because I’m never bored. I also enjoy overall culture of the company.
YM: What drew you to working in the marine industry?
GW: In a world that’s sinking, working on things that float ensures job security!
YM: How old were you when you started working in the industry?
GW: I started working when I was 18 years old. I wasn’t even old enough to drink!
YM: What was your first job in the marine industry?
GW: I was first in Logistics.
YM: Do you have any advice for others who want to get into the marine industry?
GW: If you’re gonna be dumb, you’ve gotta be tough!
YM: What is your dream boat?
GW: Ideally, the one I build myself.
YM: Fishing versus sailing?
GW: I’ll have fishing rods on my sailboat!
YM: Favorite place to sail?
GW: The Caribbean.
YM: Favorite fishing spot?
GW: I go where the charter takes me.
YM: Biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
GW: *opens arms wide* This big!
YM: Describe your ideal day on the beach or on the water?
GW: Floating and not sinking.