The production of an Iguana is composed of two main stages: before-decking and after-decking. It is the final mounting of the deck that separates these two major stages of production.
Before-decking consists of assembling all the elements inside the hull, mounting the “arms” (the Iguana Mobility System) and preparing the deck. Once the deck has been received, the team cuts it out and assembles the hatches.
For the elements inside the hull, as well as for the cutting of the deck, the team must take into consideration the options chosen by the owner. One of the most obvious examples is the choice to add a toilet. Obviously, this choice has an impact on the pre-deck work because it can modify a part of the deck plan compared to a boat not having this option. Each option can therefore have an impact on the pre-deck work. Thus, from the beginning of its production, an Iguana can be very different from another.
The assembly of the arms is a very technical and precise job. The Iguana Mobility System is a unique system characterized by its perfect integration into the boat’s hull. Indeed, the IMS allows the boat to keep all its capacities at sea because it is perfectly integrated into the hull lines. Thus, the installation of the arms is a work done to the nearest minimeter.
In before-decking, the team also prepares a maximum number of elements to facilitate the assembly of the boat in after-decking. For example, the steering console is cut out manually with a jigsaw. This type of work shows the importance of craftsmanship at Iguana Yachts.
An Iguana remains in the before-decking phase for 10 to 15 days before being handed over to the after-decking team.
Unlike before-decking, the time spent by an Iguana in after-decking is very difficult to define.
After-decking is the assembly of all the elements being on the deck of the boat. Thus, the after-deck workers are the last link in the chain. The progress of their tasks is extremely dependent on the progress of the other links (before-decking, painters, electricians, suppliers…).
Moreover, the work of this team is almost entirely dictated by the options chosen by the owner. Indeed, it is during this phase that all the finishing touches are made.
Electricians and painters
Whether it is before or after decking, the teams of painters and electricians are involved throughout the production of an Iguana.
The electricians play a major role in linking the work done by the two main teams (before-decking and ater-decking). They ensure that an Iguana is easy to use. They link the controls from the steering console to the system installed inside the hull by the pre-deck team. Again, the work of the electricians is different for each boat because it is highly dependent on the options chosen by the Iguana owner. In addition, some models require more time. For example, the Iguana Commuter is a sophisticated model with a convertible hard-top, a cabin, an electric ladder, memory seats… All these features are accessible via the pilot’s touch screen and therefore require a lot of work from the electricians.
As for the painters, they work on some small elements that can be painted, like the fuel tank for example, but the most impressive part of their work is the sanding and painting of the hull. Again, the work of the painters at Iguana Yachts is considered as craftsmanship because they create unique and intricate paintings. Each hull is a new piece of art for this team of artists.