A rich history in the Whitsundays
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.