20 years of marine ser­vices

Whitsunday Times - - CANNONVALE MARINE -

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.

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