High­lights of last 40 years in busi­ness

Whitsunday Times - - CANNONVALE MARINE -

THIRY-FOUR years ago Dar­rell Hin­schen started his ap­pren­tice­ship as an out­board me­chanic with Cannonvale Marine, un­der then owner Ron Dor­man, work­ing with Ron’s two sons Peter and Mark.

Fast-track to to­day and Dar­rell and wife Leanne are cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary since they took over the busi­ness and 40 years of busi­ness for Cannonvale Marine.

“I started as an ap­pren­tice in 1979 when the busi­ness was lo­cated on Shute Har­bour Road, where Home Hard­ware is to­day,” he said.

Lo­cal boy Matt Telford served as an ap­pren­tice un­der Dar­rell. Four­teen years later the Hin­schens and Mr Telford came to­gether to pur­chase the busi­ness. Mr Telford was a part of the busi­ness un­til 2007.

Af­ter so many years in the in­dus­try, Dar­rell looks back fondly on his start as an ap­pren­tice, in­clud­ing win­ning Queens­land ap­pren­tice of the year in 1979-80 and his run-in with Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Kirk Dou­glas (Spar­ta­cus, 20,000 Leagues Un­der the Sea) on the com­pany’s first ever game fish­ing boat.

“One of the high­lights was go­ing out on the fish­ing boat with Kirk Dou­glas. We had a Cannonvale Marine fish­ing team back then and ev­ery­one was so ex­cited to have him on board with us,” he said.

Other high­lights dur­ing his time with the busi­ness in­clude sup­ply­ing mo­tors to the Day­dream Is­land para­sail­ing ves­sel that broke a world record and win­ning a govern­ment ten­der to pro­vide boats for the Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries Depart­ment.

HORSING AROUND: Matt Telford and Dar­rell Hin­schen got their start work­ing as ap­pren­tices for Cannonvale Marine. Telford was a part­ner in the busi­ness with Dar­rell Hin­sh­cen and wife Leanne from 1993-2007.

FISH­ING TEAM: The first ever Cannonvale Marine fish­ing team Kerry Sym­monds, Ray Dibben, cur­rent owner Dar­rell Hin­schen and for­mer own­ers Mark and Peter Dor­man.

PATROL BOATS: Cannonvale Marine owner Dar­rell Hin­schen stands in front of the patrol boats they fit­ted out af­ter win­ning the govern­ment ten­der from Queens­land Boat­ing and Fish­eries.

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