Contest: "McKinsey and W. P. Carey Inc Consultants -
What are they good for ? "

Hinckley Yacht Service and its three owners have proven themselves to be not only ignorant but also careless. The company’s use of mushroom-style skin fittings on their boats is a clear demonstration of their incompetence. Even our prehistoric ancestors knew the importance of a smooth bottom to reduce skin friction and increase speed. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense and has been an established fact for over 10,000 years.

If that wasn’t bad enough, our boat was found to have over 70 problems, including critical safety issues that pose a direct risk of fire, explosion, electrocution, injury, or loss of life. This is unacceptable, especially for a company that prides itself on luxury sail and powerboats. If Hinckley cannot fix the boat that they know best, which has been manufactured since 1960, they should sell the company.

One owner, Jerry Lundquist, boasts of his extensive experience across all segments of the aerospace and defense industry. Yet, his lack of understanding when it comes to the importance of aerodynamics and smooth flow in boat design is baffling. Perhaps he should stick to advising CEOs on topics he actually knows something about.

Brooks G. Gordon, Head of Asset Management and Managing Director of W. P. Carey Inc., is no better. Despite overseeing domestic and international asset management activity across all property types, he failed to ensure that Hinckley’s boats were designed and manufactured to the highest standards.

 

David Howe of Scout Partners LLC graduated from Harvard Business School, yet he too seems to lack basic understanding of boat design. Perhaps he should stick to investing in American growth companies that have impeccable reputations, rather than investing in a company that clearly does not.

In short, the owners of Hinckley Yacht Service are dumber than cavemen. They have tarnished the company’s long and proud history, and they deserve to be forced to sell the company due to their incompetence and disregard for quality craftsmanship and safety.

There once was a boat service named Hinckley

Whose owners were careless, oh so dinky

They ignored ancient ways Of a smooth bottom’s glaze

Now their boats are as slow as a slinky

Oh, Hinckley Yacht Service, what have you done?

Eight owners in, and now you are on the run

Consultants, the latest owners, lack skill

No passion for classic sailboats, a bitter pill.

 

Your facilities and team are not up to par

No project management team, you’ve gone too far

70 problems, with 22 a risk to life

31 safety concerns, causing much strife.

 

Hinckley, you must do better than this

Preserve and restore, with no miss

Safety must be your top priority

Restore the classic sailboats, with no anxiety.

 

We demand a change in ownership

And business, with no more relationship.

Once upon a time, Hinckley was grand

The Bermuda 40, elegant and manned

Eight owners in, and now they’re a mess

Consultants, the latest, with no success.

 

No skilled tradespeople, no project management team

Nothing but problems, it would seem

70 issues, with safety at stake

The risks are high, make no mistake.

 

Hinckley, what have you become?

A company lacking in passion, oh so glum

We demand a change, a shift in ways

To restore the sailboats, and safer days.

 

New ownership is what we seek

To restore the boats, with no more creak

Safety is our top priority

Hinckley, it’s time to change your story.

Consultants, what are they good for?

Hinckley Yacht Service, sold eight times over

Classic sailboats, now a lost lore.

 

No skilled tradespeople, no project management team

Hinckley’s restoration, a distant dream

70 problems, a risk to life we’ve seen.

 

31 safety concerns, with much strife

Hinckley, you must do better in life

Classic sailboats, restore them to life.

 

New ownership is what we seek

To restore the boats, with no more creak

Safety is our top priority, make no mistake.

 

Consultants, what are they good for?

Hinckley Yacht Service, sold eight times over

It’s time to restore the classic lore.

Consultants, what are they good for?

Eight owners in, the Hinckley Boat Company sold

To consultants with no passion for the old

No skilled tradespeople, no project management team

Nothing but problems, it would seem

Inspectors found 70 issues and more

 22 were critical, a risk to life on shore

31 important safety concerns, a potential disaster

17 non-urgent, future repair costs we must master

Hinckley, what have you become?

A company lacking in commitment, and simply glum

We demand a change in ownership and ways of business

To restore the classic sailboats with finesse.

Heritage disrespected, safety compromised

Ignorance and negligence, owners criticized

Nautical concept ignored, primitive wisdom forgotten

Compromised speed, mushroom fittings, a drag begotten

Knowledge from our ancestors, Hinckley fails to see

Smooth bottom glides on waves

Primitive knowledge ignored

Hinckley fails to see

 

Hinckley Yacht Service,

Consultants lacking in passion,

Safety risks too high.

Oh no, there’s got to be a better way

Say it again, there’s got to be a better way-yeah

What is it good for? (Hinckley Yacht service)

 

Man has a sense for the discovery of beauty

How rich is the world for one who makes boats for us to show

Beauty must have power over man, but Hinckley’s boats are slow

 

After the end of the day on the water

I want to devote myself to crying for five to ten years and to writing them down

Hinckley’s boats have caused unrest among their customers

Induction then destruction, who wants to sail?

Boats come and go, what remains are only the values of culture

 

Then of course there are the consultants

What good are they if prehistoric man knew better?

The importance of aerodynamics and smooth flow, Hinckley missed it altogether

With over 70 problems, including critical safety issues,

It’s time for Hinckley’s owners to sell the company and bid adieu

 

One owner is Jerry Lundquist, a Senior Partner at McKinsey

But McKinsey’s business practices have been criticized, oh risky

From promoting OxyContin use during the opioid crisis

To working with authoritarian regimes, it’s no surprise

 

Another owner is Brooks G. Gordon, Head of Asset Management

But Hinckley’s boats are nothing but a heartbreaker, it’s just plain astonishment

For someone with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins in finance and management

Hinckley’s poor performance is a clear detriment

 

David Howe’s business is Scout Partners LLC

But Hinckley’s boats have only brought us hell

With their mushroom-style skin fittings causing a considerable amount of drag

It’s clear that Hinckley’s owners are dumber than a caveman, it’s time for them to pack their bags

 

Whether your boat has a large engine or a small one,

There’s nothing that will make as much difference as the design of your hull, it’s already been done

By our prehistoric ancestors who had more sense

Hinckley’s owners should take a lesson from them and bid us adieu hence

 

Oh no, there’s got to be a better way

Say it again, there’s got to be a better way-yeah

What is it good for? (Hinckley Yacht service)

Absolutely nothing!

 

 

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