BBW Builds Boats, Community, Careers and Citizens On Boston’s Waterfront

BBW Builds Boats, Community, Careers and Citizens On Boston’s Waterfront

We here at Boston BoatWorks love building boats with teams of people—who happen to be from all over the world as well as from neighborhoods in Boston. 

Take long-time Boston BoatWorks veteran (and COO) Raphael Silva for example. 

He was 19 years old when he came to the US from his native Brazil. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to study and learn English,” he says. 

And he was 23 when he started at Boston BoatWorks as a systems tech. “I never knew that I would enjoy working with my hands that much at the time. But as soon as I learned how cool it was to build boats from scratch—literally turning rolls of fiberglass into high-performance boats that bring our customers so much joy—I was hooked.”

He always loved technology and electronics so he jumped at a chance to work in the electronics department and learn from BBW veterans. Soon he was taking equipment manuals home every day to learn how each component was installed and worked together.

BBW’s General Manager at the time took him under his wing. “He was really hard on me,” Raphael says. “And I was convinced that he didn’t like me for a while, but I was wrong. Right before he retired, he told me that he pushed me harder than others because he believed in me.”

“He would also give me books about management and leadership and a deadline to have them read,” Raphael adds. “I had no option but to read my assignment and have questions ready by the deadline or I would be in his tiny notebook…And no one wanted to be in his notebook.

Boston BoatWorks COO Raphael Silva

“During that time, BBW was also kind enough to pay for classes and seminars I took that really helped me develop my electrical knowledge and skills. I am very grateful for their investment in me.”

As you can see Raphael is more than just a boat builder. He’s an ambassador that is equally at home spending many hours to make sure a customer knows every possible thing about his new boat or helping a member of his boat building team with work or even personal situations. He’s a leader. And he’s an innovator who’s always working to make BBW better than ever.

“Since beginning my career at BBW, I’ve started a family, bought a house in Hudson, New Hampshire and even become a proud US citizen. And even though I drive about 1.5 hours to get to work in the morning, I can’t wait to get back to spending my days with a team full of friends who share the same goals…to be the best and to build something special that will provide families the ability to create great memories for many years to come.”