On a pleasant October morning, we were joined at the HOC test centre by Simon Börjeson, the most recent addition to the HOC Yachts team. Simon fills the position of shipyard project manager and has a background from the Norwegian oil and gas industry, project managing the installation of subsea structures.
We took some time to ask Simon some questions to get to know him a little better.
Interviewer: Tell us a little about the journey that led to you working in the marine industry.
Simon: When I was young, my family didn’t own a summer cottage, instead we went sailing for the summer. For me, that was the highlight of the year, I would count down the days until the start of each summer break. Since then, more or less everything in my life has been related to the water in one way or another.
I. Working on offshore installations must have been quite an exciting job, can you let us know what your favourite part was?
S. The most exciting part of the job was that I was able to follow the process from winning the contract, through preparing documentation and procedures, coordinating the structural design, building the tooling required and then finally going offshore. That was really great to see the whole picture, and in many ways that will be very similar to how I will be working here at HOC Yachts.
I. What attracted you to HOC, and what are you most excited about moving forward?
S. Initially, it was the great product that they have created. Then, once I became familiarised with the team, and I realised that they were super passionate about the product. Also, I really liked the courage that they have taken to think a lot outside of the traditional boat building norms.
Moving forward, I am really excited about seeing more HOC yachts being produced with the same high-quality finish and by the same skilled and experienced team of boat builders, but in the modernised yard that will be completed during the coming spring.
I. You’ve only been employed for a short while now, but can you give us a small taste of what your role consists of?
S. My job normally consists of a nice mix between solving short-term challenges that arise during production, but also continuously identifying ways to streamline the processes even further, without compromising the quality.
I. You mentioned that the product helped attract you to HOC Yachts. What is your favourite thing about the HOC 33P?
S. For sure the driving environment; with the super crystal clear, large display, right in front of the wheel. That is perfectly suited for high-speed navigation in complex archipelagos, such as the Stockholm archipelago. Of course, it is also the really efficient hull and the beautiful seakeeping capabilities.
I. We’ll take it to a bit of a lighter place now; as a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
S. Pilot. Pilot for sure. I haven’t succeeded in that yet, but it’s never too late. Actually, in 2010, I won a competition called ‘Red Bull Flugtag’. The aim was to build a homemade gliding aircraft, and fly as far as possible from a 6-metre ramp. We won the competition and the prize was an ultra-light aircraft flying course, which I haven’t completed yet but I certainly will have in the near future.
I. Outside of work, what is the biggest thing in your life right now? Is there a main hobby or a passion?
S. In the summers, it’s ‘Swimrun’. It’s still a small sport but growing rapidly, especially in Sweden and more and more through Europe and the rest of the world. It involves swimming and running through archipelagos, running in your wetsuit and swimming with shoes on, to get from one point to another as fast as possible. And in the winter I really enjoy skiing.
I. One last, quick question: motor or sail?
I. That’s great. Some really interesting answers there and it was good to get to know a bit more about you. Thank you so much for your time.
S. No problem at all, thank you.