Favourite boat in the Beneteau range: Antares 30
Years boating: 50
Bob has always been focused on sales. His background was the world of car sales and mechanics. Bob ran his own car sales garage for many years, until the call of the sea came to him. Bob spent 15 years as a commercial fisherman. In 1999 Bob decided to come back onshore and he was approached to open a used boat sales department at South Pier Shipyard, as it was then. Bob spent many happy years as a yacht broker before joining forces with his Son Nick and purchasing Compass Marine from Ed Gladwell in 2005. Compass Marine was a small boat yard looking after a loyal customer database of local boat owners. Bob expanded Compass Marine, creating a boat sales department and later a sail and cover loft. In December 2007 an opportunity to purchase the assets of South Pier Marine came up, the rest is history.
Director & New Beneteau Boat Sales
Favourite boat in the Beneteau range: Antares 9 outboard
Years boating: 33
Nick was born with boating in his blood. At 3 months old, Nick was afloat and out boating, with the help of his parents of course. By the age of 14 he had his own boat and loved going lobster and crab fishing. From his early teenage years, Nick followed his dad on many boat viewings and sea trials. So by the time Bob & Nick owned Compass Marine, Nick had a good idea that the boating industry was the career path he wanted to follow. This followed on from studying Electronic engineering at Collage. Nick quickly mastered the art of selling boats in the brokerage office at Compass Marine. This skill was to prove to be very useful when in June 2008 Nick & Bob completed the purchase of South Pier Marine. Since then Nick has sold many millions of pounds of new and used boats. New boat sales are a passion for Nick and he and Bob had to learn quickly about dealing with new boat sales, rather than just brokerage deals. Gradually Nick developed and expanded the workshops at South Pier to make sure all the Beneteau clients had the best possible after sales care.
In December 2015 Bob and Nick purchased New Horizon Yachts of Guernsey, which made the business pan Channel Island.
Boat Yard Manager
Favourite boat in the Beneteau range: GT40
Years boating: 35
Starting as an apprentice at South Pier Shipyard back in 1985, Ed has not moved very far from South Pier ever since. Apart from a brief stint of self employment. Ed has been in charge of the Boat Yard since 2008 when Bob & Nick took on South Pier Marine. Ed moved with Bob and Nick from Compass Marine, which Ed started back in 2000. Ed specialises in Shipwright work when he can escape from the office and organising a very busy workforce.
Dave joined us in September 2017 to take on the role that Bob has been undertaking for the past 10 years. Which is the Boat Yard Admin role, making sure all the workshop jobs are being accounted for, taking workshop jobs in and communicating with customers.
Please contact Dave if you would like to book a job into the yard, or if you have any questions about on-going work.
Mark joined Bob & Nick in 2008 when he took over as the Chandlery Manager. Marks attention to detail on our stock holding is 1st class. Making sure we have the latest products on the shelf, plus plenty of the core boat care products. If we have not got it, Mark will order it for you, either as a special order, or on our next stock order.
Beneteau After Sales, Spare Parts & Warranty
Having been an after sales technician for the local Jeanneau dealership in the early 2000's. Euros went away to the Caribbean to skipper a large sailing catamaran. After many enjoyable years Euros returned with his wife to Jersey & we were delighted to welcome Euros onboard with us back in 2012. Euros transformed the way our new Beneteau clients were looked after. Going from having very little support, to having someone at the end of the phone was a game changer for South Pier. It quickly meant any teething problems on new boats were dealt with the same day, or as soon as we had parts from Beneteau's excellent support network. We believe it is to Euros's credit that many customers return several times over for new boats.
Euros has expanded his knowledge, not only at the Beneteau factory, but also with Raymarine electronics.
Feel free to contact Euros if you need spare parts for your Beneteau.
Rob Le Marinel
Beneteau After Sales & Warranty, Raymarine install and technician.
Rob joined South Pier in November 2016 - coming from a mechanical background, Rob knows his way around a boat's technical systems, which means fault finding is second nature. Rob is also trained in servicing Seago life rafts and lifejackets.
Rob has attended courses at Raymarine UK for installing new Raymarine electronic. Also Rob has attended a service and install course at Lewmar UK, which covers bow thrusters, windows and winches.
Rob supports Euros in getting new boats ready for hand over to clients.
Phil Le Brocq
Honda Marine trained engineer & outboard engineer
Phil joined the team in 2010. At that time, South Pier did not have a marine engineering department, but Phil came along and hay presto. An experianced engineer, Phil can turn his hand to most things mechanical. in December 2013, South Pier Marine took on Honda Marine in Jersey. Phil was already trained as a Honda Marine engineer.
In January 2018 we also took on Suzuki marine for new Beneteau and Orkney boats. We can also service Suzuki engines.
Boat Yard Technician - Beneteau aftersales, warranty & new boat commissioning.
Pierre first made an appearance at a Jersey boat show about 8 years ago. He bounced onto the stand telling us all about the models we had on show. A great start in our book. He asked for a Saturday job in the shop when he was 15. This lead on to moving into the boat yard when he was 18. Pierre is now an integral part of the boat yard team.
Boat Yard Technician
If you want something clean, then we always ask Laurence. He loves to power-wash and get stuck into a project. We love Laurences determination.
Yachtbroker - Jason joined South Pier in April 2020 to help in the boat yard for the summer. Jason's on water experience and boating qualifications showed a keen interest in the boating world. Having left the world of finance, Jason was keen to pursue the opportunity that arose in the boat sales department. If you would like to sell your boat, please give Jason a call. 01534 711010 or 07829 711010. or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan joined us in 2017 as a Saturday helper in the shop. Now he has a huge knowledge base of products and will be happy to give you help in the shop. Jordan is currently working full time for South Pier.
Office & Boat Sales Administration
Clare joined us in 2017 - She is a keen boater & owns a Beneteau, which means she knows first hand what our customers experience. If you have an admin question, or a question about your account, please contact Clare.
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