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NT News - Motoring - - MARINE GUIDE -

AS a boy grow­ing up in Cairns in the 1940s, John Quinn and his broth­ers made boats from sheets of gal­vanised roof­ing iron.

The en­ter­pris­ing youngsters would fill up the nail holes in the roof­ing iron with bi­tu­men off the streets and it was an­chors aweigh.

Fast for­ward to 2009 and John is now cel­e­brat­ing 50 years in the boat­ing in­dus­try.

It was a call­ing that was in his blood — John’s fa­ther had a marine en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness in Cairns.

John ran Quinn Marine in Cairns for 17 years be­fore sell­ing the busi­ness in 1976 and mov­ing to Dar­win where he set up ABC Marine in Bagot Rd, Co­conut Grove where McDon­ald’s now stands.

He shifted to his present premises in Win­nel­lie in 1988.

John is a keen boat en­thu­si­ast and loves to see cus­tomers young and old get a kick out of fish­ing and boat­ing.

‘‘It’s great to see the en­joy­ment fam­i­lies get out of boat­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘I like see­ing kids catch a fish for first time or peo­ple hav­ing fun tak­ing part in wa­ter sports.’’

John has seen a lot of changes in his 50 years in the marine busi­ness.

‘‘When I started, you were do­ing well if you had a 2hp to 3hp out­board mo­tor,’’ John said. ‘‘Now you can buy a 300hp en­gine. ‘‘And in those days there were no alu­minium boats, they were all wood.

‘‘Then fi­bre­glass took over and now alu­minium is tak­ing over.’’

John will cel­e­brate his 70th birth­day this long week­end with his five sons and sis­ter.

To cel­e­brate his golden an­niver­sary in the marine busi­ness, John is giv­ing away a $500 gift voucher with ev­ery boat sold and de­liv­ered in Au­gust.

ABC Marine is at 22 Win­nel­lie Rd, Win­nel­lie. Phone 8947 0882.

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