Boaties step up to help each other out.

Boaties step up to help each other out.

A team of experienced tradespeople and marina industry workers have been coordinated through the BIA (Boating Industry Association) to support their members in the Whitsunday region coping with damage to vessels and marinas. The team arrived in region yesterday and set to work almost immediately assisting with pontoon repairs at Abell Point Marina.

Led by BIA Queensland Manager, the team of nine will provide a quality mix of expertise in marina construction and boat handling which are much needed throughout the region at this time. Aaron McKenna who coordinated the logistics for the trip said “The effort is meant to support local existing efforts. At first it was heard to contact anyone to understand what was needed, but when we finally got through, the offer was overwhelmingly wanted and appreciated.”

The team consists of Peter & Jason Kilpatrick from Orca Marine Services, John Lawler from Empire Marina, Lars Steele-Mills from D’albora Marinas, Ryan Hogan from Superior Jetties, Alister Copley from CM-Consulting, Bobby Hale and BIA life-member Doug Olding. We are incredible grateful for the assistance they have offered to us and other BIA members within the marina and Whitsunday region.

Abell Point tenants R Marine Crawley, whose head office is on the Gold Coast, have sent a team of yacht management crew up to Airlie Beach to assist their owners, customers and any new clients requiring vessel cleaning and maintenance services. R Marine Crawley have long standing relationships with both the insurers and assessors and can manage the full project management of all repairs. They are working to get vessels safe, secured and assessed as soon as possible. At which point they will also be able to provide initial damage reports, particularly for those owners unable to access their vessel. They can be contacted through their head office on 07 5529 5007.

Other marine services tenants back up and running are AB Marine Electronics, All Marine Services, Airlie Marine Electrics, who can all assist with any mechanical and electrical repairs and maintenance. Their contact details are on our eConcierge app or website –

On a local level the boating community has stepped up to help out their fellow boaties. We have been inundated with offers of help from customers and locals alike over the last few days and would like to thank all those people who have been in touch for their amazing offers. If you have not yet been in touch with the marina in relation any future booking, please get in touch and let us put your mind at rest that we are open for business – or 07 4946 2400.

Joscelyn O'Keefe

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