Before starting the Fareast 26 project, Shanghai Far East had become a leading builder of Optimist dinghies and rigid inflatable boats with a capacity of 5,000 boats per year. Voogd, having previously witnessed the same uneven quality from Chinese builders that we’ve seen, remarked on two things about the work from this builder. First, its craftsmanship with resin-infused composite construction is top-notch. Second, where its own expertise isn’t to that level, it brings in the help and suppliers it needs from outside. Voogd travels about once a month from Holland to Shanghai to coordinate design and construction.