A rich his­tory in the Whit­sun­days

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IF HIS­TORY is a sound in­di­ca­tor for the fu­ture, then you can rest as­sured All Ma­rine Ser­vices will con­tinue to deliver the goods - hav­ing suc­cess­fully catered for the Whit­sun­day re­gion for 15 years.

Owner Al­lan Robin­son, a res­i­dent of Air­lie Beach for 20 years, can lay claim to a rich his­tory in the in­dus­try which started in 1999.

“I re­ceived a phone call from Ray Har­ris of Power Equip­ment (Queens­land state man­ager) who asked if I would like to meet Alan Fos­ter (Power Equip­ment owner) and him­self for a meal and a chat at Club Croc,” he re­counts.

“Not be­ing one to knock back a free meal, I ac­cepted. This was the foun­da­tion meet­ing that was in­te­gral to my com­pany ‘All Ma­rine Ser­vices’ be­ing formed and be­com­ing an au­tho­rised dealer for the Yan­mar prod­uct.”

Mr Robin­son, also a ded­i­cated mem­ber and in­com­ing pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach, moved to the Whit­sun­days in 1994 af­ter pur­chas­ing the char­ter yacht Am­bi­tion with the in­ten­tion of cruis­ing around the Whit­sun­day.

“This worked well for two years un­til I put a re­lief crew on the yacht, which meant I then had time to spare,” he said.

“Not one to sit still, I com­menced car­ry­ing out re­pairs to other char­ter ves­sels in the ma­rina...the busi­ness was mov­ing along nicely un­til the meet­ing with Ray and Alan when ev­ery­thing stepped up a notch.”

In 1999, Mr Robin­son pur­chased the lo­cal Yan­mar deal­er­ship, re­ly­ing only on him­self as the sole me­chanic.

Within four months there were five me­chan­ics fol­lowed by an ap­pren­tice early the fol­low­ing year.

Orig­i­nally the com­pany was called Abel Point Diesel Cen­tre but changed to All Ma­rine Ser­vices at the turn of the century as Mr Robin­son ac­quired the neigh­bour­ing ma­rine elec­tri­cal busi­ness.

In March 2003, Mr Robin­son pur­chased an en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness, en­abling his com­pany to cover all facets of ma­rine me­chan­i­cal re­pair.

“These ac­qui­si­tions cer­tainly in­creased the work­load and the stress of op­er­at­ing ma­rine re­liant businesses,” he ex­plained.

Al­though cov­er­ing all as­pects of main­te­nance on ves­sels was ex­tremely ser­vice­able, it wasn’t sus­tain­able for Mr Robin­son be­cause of the close prox­im­ity of the mine – mak­ing staff re­ten­tion a prob­lem.

Ul­ti­mately the elec­tri­cal side of the busi­ness was sold.

“It was a pity be­cause it was handy. You could do the whole lot, elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal,” he said.

“But be­cause of the lack of staff [we had to give it up].”

In Novem­ber 2012, All Ma­rine Ser­vices was ap­pointed the Whit­sun­days au­tho­rised dealer for Volvo Penta, as the com­pany recog­nised the value of hav­ing a dealer based at the ma­rina with com­pe­tent me­chan­ics at hand and a large work­shop.

“This ac­qui­si­tion cer­tainly en­hanced All Ma­rine Ser­vices’ pres­ence within the lo­cal ma­rine in­dus­try,” Mr Robin­son said.

RICH HIS­TORY: All Ma­rine Ser­vices' owner Al­lan Robin­son has con­tin­ued to grow the busi­ness over 15 years.

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