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Koehler Kraft Co., inc., a San Diego tradition in boat building and repair since 1938, has job openings at our Shelter Island facility. We are a team passionate about providing the best service and product to the boating community through hard work, ingenuity, and dedication to our craft. Our reward is the success we create with our hands and mind.

Koehler Kraft company offers upward mobility to successful individuals based on their performance.



Koehler Kraft on Shelter Island in San Diego has positions open for immediate employment! We are a small team of skilled tradesmen and we need more skilled people who have experience working in a boatyard. We are looking for an all around boatyard tech who has experience working in a boatyard repairing recreational boats. 


Job Tasks

  • Assist with crane and marine railway operations, haul outs, maintenance, and cleaning.

  • Pressure washing

  • Bottom Painting: applying anti-foulant coatings on boat hulls including surface preparation and primers. 

  • Application of epoxy resin systems and associated fillers, sanding, and fairing.

  • All aspects of marine systems service and repair (Examples of service items include: thru hulls, plumbing, electrical, cutlass bearings, pulling props/shafts, packing glands, etc.)

  • Assist in boatbuilding tasks

  • Assist with yard and facility upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Operation of the following equipment:

  • Assist with crane and marine railway operations.

  • Oversee yard maintenance and cleaning.

  • Responsible for yard and facility upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning

  • Oversee maintenance and logs required of hydro-washer, railway system, and crane.

  • Ensure daily procedures are successfully completed and logbooks are up to date.


Qualifications and Skills

  • 1 -- 3+ years working in a boatyard.

  • Ability to lift heavy item such as boat stands & blocking in different positions. 

  • Able to work on hands and knees for long periods of time.

  • Must own tools needed for the job OR willing to purchase tools as needed (ie. Drill, grinder, shop vac, hand tools, etc).

  • Willing to learn on the job AND on your own time. 

  • Candidate MUST have comprehensive working knowledge of epoxy, epoxy fairing compounds, fiberglass repair, antifouling paints, and application thereof.

  • Make the commitment to the disciplines of your trade and hone skills to be a member of a successful team.

  • Full time job. Must be available Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm.

  • Strong communication skills, English required.

  • Must be able to tie basic knots (i.e. bowline, trucker's hitch, rolling hitch. . .etc.)

  • Strong work ethic, self starter, able to solve problems on your own and desire to work as a member of a fast paced team.

  • Strong sailing/boating experience preferred.

  • Experience with Marine Railway a bonus.

The qualified applicant will work under the direct supervision of the yard foreman and service manager.


Job Type: Full-time


Salary: Negotiable depending on skills and qualifications (Range $30,000 - $60,000/year)


Hiring Process

If you are interested in joining our team please email us at Attach your resume to the email. If you do not have a resume you may submit a job application instead. Include references and describe in detail your hands on experience working in a boatyard.  Download application here

For serious inquiries please take our aptitude test to show us you are the person for the job:

Successful applicants will be contacted within 5 working days to schedule a phone interview.


All positions offer room for advancement. Employees who are boat owners receive discounts on haul outs and slip rent. We offer profit sharing and bonuses based on performance.  Employer provides paid sick time.

If you are interested in joining our team please email us at Please attach your resume to the email. If you do not have a resume you may submit a job application instead. Download application here.

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