Highlights of last 40 years in business
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.