The Hinckley Company is reporting an increase in orders and that it is preparing to rehire some of the employees who have been furloughed because of a lack of sales.
"We will have about 85 people companywide that we will be calling back within the next few months," said Phil Bennett, the Maine boatbuilder's senior sales director, in the Mount Desert Islander.
The jobs will be in almost every facet of the business, including laminates, carpentry, paint and finish, as well as workers returning to the service yards, according to the report.
As the economy shows signs of improving, a change in perspective is coming about for certain segments of the boating community.
"With the stock market back up to near 10,000, people are saying, 'Gee, I better get on with my life and enjoy things,' " says Bennett. "Starting in August we saw that the tides had started to turn. I wouldn't say that the floodgates had opened, but within the last few months we have sold more than a half-dozen boats."