WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The predecessor company of Marine Solutions started life soon after the marina came into existence.
It operated out of a small tin shed and its first big job was building al the cradles for the marina, which have now been in service for more than a quarter of a century. Shortly after this the company moved to its present location.
Ownership changed in 1996 and the business was then bought by Ralph Kearton in 2007.
The renowned Gulf Harbour Marina boasts to be the home to some of New Zealand's finest vessels. Ideally located, it has easy access to Marine Solutions' engineering workshop.
The trading name was changed to Marine Solutions Limited soon after to better describe the company’s purpose.
Full-service dealership agreements with both Volvo Penta and Yanmar have been in place for approaching two decades. These two brands currently dominate the leisure marine market for diesel powered craft in New Zealand.
We are the point of contact for both these brands in the Gulf Harbour area as well as various other brands. In an industry with many unqualified participants, we are proud to say that all our engineers have the highest training and all relevant qualifications. This combination of experience and training ensures a very high standard of service.
For anything mechanical to do with petrol or diesel powered boards, from parts supply to full repowers, Marine Solutions is the obvious choice in the Gulf Harbour area and is the most central Marina on the Hauraki Gulf.
Meet The Team
Ralph (Managing Director)
After an early working life in the telecommunication and electrical trades, Ralph found he had an affinity for building renovation and property investment.
He successfully did this for 20 years, dealing with several hundred tenants from all walks of life. When this no longer kept him interested he decided on a complete change and bought this business in 2007.
Since then he has been working to improve every aspect of how Marine Solutions operate.
"Over the last 15 years, the marine industry has changed a great deal and Marine Solutions are committed to changing with it."
Outside of his work, Ralph's interests are travel, history and art from the 1800's. He also has an interest in vintage radios and has a sizable collection.
Debra has worked at this company for more than a decade and takes care of all the accounts as well as maintaining the spare parts inventory. This allows us to always have common spare parts in stock so that we can supply to our customers' needs on demand.
Outside of work, Debra enjoys fitness and she is also an amazing Mum to her daughters.
Shay Is from an old Bluff fishing family and was on boats before he could even walk. By the time he was 14 he was working on the Bluff Wharfs. This led to more than a decade in the navy as an engineer and it’s this experience that stands him in good stead in dealing with complex technical issues. .
Shay is currently the Workshop Supervisor and is our go-to for any software issues. He has extensive Volvo Penta specialist qualifications and continues to undergo all relevant training courses that are offered.
In his spare time, he's into BBQ competitions with his team mate Adam, who was a previous employee.
Vernon served his time in the Simonstown Navy Yard as a gun fitter for the South African Navy, after which he operated his own panel beating business before deciding to follow his wife's brother to New Zealand, nearly 20 years
He has been at Marine Solutions for more than a decade and is the go-to-guy for drivetrain work. Vernon is also great with training a whole new generation of engineers.
After working all day with boats, he spends his spare time with them as well!
Jayden is a real local, living just up the hill from the marina.
Being so close to the water, he decided that he would like to train to be a Marine Systems Engineer.
He is now almost finished with his training and has completed all relevant block courses which has him well on the way to becoming a qualified Marine Systems Engineer.
Out of work he is keen on cars and loves four-wheel driving.
Nathan came to us as a school leaver and began his training with Vernon.
He has excelled with all his course work and is now a fully qualified Marine Systems Engineer and as such is automatically enrolled for every new Volvo Penta course.
In his spare time, he is keen on four-wheel driving and snowboarding.
Andrew has worked for more than a decade with a well-known major brand franchise in the automotive industry and he now offers his expertise as part of the Marine Solutions team.
In his free time he is a keen racing car builder, motorcycle enthusiast and along with renovating his house, has plenty to keep him busy.
Austin was lucky enough to be bought up around boats which after a short time working in the transport industry, led him to pursue a career in the super yacht industry. After working in the Caribbean for over a decade where he excelled in his career, he returned home and joined the Marine Solutions team.
He is now furthering his studies while he enjoys spending time with his daughter.