20 years of marine services
FOR the last 20 years Proserpine locals and Cannonvale Marine owners Darrell and Leanne Hinschen have served the boating community’s needs for marine supplies and services.
Darrell started his apprenticeship with the business in 1979. He left the business for a few years, working in his wife’s family business and travelling around Australia with his family.
“I worked for Cannonvale Marine before leaving to manage newsagencies in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale for seven years with Leanne and her family,” he said.
“When we got back I learnt that Cannonvale Marine was on the market and Peter Droman provided me with an opportunity to purchase the business.”
After taking over in 1993 Darrell and Leanne wanted to expand on the business and things have gone from strength to strength.
“The first thing we did was ensure we could stock a much larger range of boats and outboards. Business was expanding to the rate that we could afford to buy our own site and that’s what we did,” he said.
“We took the opportunity to expand and moved to our current site on McIntosh Drive. It gave us total control over how the business progressed.”
Darrell said the biggest change he has seen in the business is technology advances and he marvelled at how far the industry had come from the days where there was no such thing as a computerised outboard.
Customer satisfaction is also key. “We always make sure we are trying to sell our customers a product they want to purchase rather than a pro- duct we want to sell them. It’s all about having as many conversations it takes to ensure the person is purchasing the appropriate boat and package for them,” he said.
BLUE BAY ESTATE: Cannonvale Marine made the move to the Blue Bay Estate in the mid-1980s and spent a number of years at this location before moving up the street to their current premises.
CURRENT LOCATION: As their business progressed Cannonvale Marine purchased their own block of land at 14 McIntosh Drive in Cannonvale. They welcome everyone to come to their open day and boat show this Saturday.
SHUTE HARBOUR ROAD: Cannonvale Marine operated out of it's original building on Shute Harbour Road from 1973 until the mid 1980s.
25 YEARS: Owners Leanne and Darrell Hinschen and former business partner Matt Telford receive a plaque commemorating Cannonvale Marine's 25th anniversary from Johnson and Evinrude representative Paul Harmer.