Our boatfolk at Deacons Marina
Richard has three passions, travel, curry and Westerly’s - and not necessarily in that order as anyone who’s met him knows. He’s a fab multi-tasker and the first to help anyone who asks, one-minute sanding a keel stub, the next showing a new customer the ropes on site. When not on the water, Richard loves to travel and his been all around the globe – including a fantastic trip afloat from Cardiff to Norway during 2018. He’s a great cook and has a sweet tooth (chocolate gratefully accepted), but he’s not shy to use the old ‘ping & ding’ at work either. With a musical ear and previous experience in IT Richard is basically a multi-talented individual who is worth his weight in gold!
boatcare Service Coordinator
Crikey, there can’t be many who’ve been within a mile of a 12 km glacier…?!
Andrew has spent a lifetime on the water, all around the world on a variety of vessels, holding positions from the New Zealand Navy to building the confidence of youth through sail training on the water – must have been inspirational training too, because one such youth just turned up in Deacons with his 5.5m yacht and a project to sail the UK, undertaking community beach cleans enroute! With his enormous maritime knowledge, attention to detail and calm, friendly demeanour, Andrew is perfectly placed to help our customers. Super-efficient Andrew handles the lift diary and keeps us all abreast of what boat repairs we should be working on next – so if you need to squeeze in a quick lift, he’s the man to talk to!
When not at work, Andrew can be found watching the rugby (anyone see the England/NZ game!) and…well… afloat!
With a lifetime on the water and having previously worked with Seaward and Crabber Yachts, David has an in-depth knowledge of boat design and build. Cool as a cucumber, he whittles through the workload and looks forward to discussing any projects you may have, large or small. A keen racer, David can be found aboard on The Solent throughout the summer – that’s when he’s not acting groom for his partners horses at an event!
Divisional boatcare Manager
The most commonly heard phrase to Nick is “Can you just…” Nick heads up Boat Care, not just at Deacons but across all our South Coast marinas and he is a man in demand. With his considerable ingenuity and skill there is nothing he can’t fix. When he’s not at work, he can be found enjoying a beer, tuning the engines aboard his motorboat – often with a little assistance from one of his daughters!
Our ace painter Sam is responsible for all the fantastic copper coat jobs that leave our yard – they look beautiful further to his careful attention. A creative guy and with green fingers, when not at work he can be found tending his garden and allotment, heading downhill on his mountain bike, or walking his beautiful collie dog “Flo” – who occasionally hitches a ride in the telehandler.
Deano's talent speaks for itself - you can see your own reflection in the boats he’s worked on! Undertaking jobs from a cut and polish, to the complete repair of vessels which have undergone serious impact, they have been mistaken for new after his careful ministrations. He enjoys a beer, loves nothing better than a BBQ out camping and takes a keen interest in the fish locally.
Jamie works with Deano and again, you can see where he’s been – if you want your vessel to gleam like this just give us a call. A party animal, he loves a good night out, cocktails anyone?
Friendly and helpful, Ollie can multitask, one-minute managing the lifting, the next fitting sea cocks. Ollie previous worked as a Yard Operative and now is our Lifting Supervisor, taking great care to ensure vessels being lifted are in the best hands possible. When not at work he can be found watching the action with a beer at Twickenham.
After many years as Assistant Manager at Haslar, Rachael now heads-up the marina team at Deacons. Rachael likes travel, mountain scenery and sailing in sunny locations.
Senior Berthing Master
Whenever Adam is not at work, he is busy with his voluntary commitments. As a Coastguard Rescue Officer he is part of a team that responds to coastal emergencies in the local area, working closely with other emergency services and search & rescue teams. As a former Sea Cadet he gained qualifications on the water at an early age, and now spends his free time as an instructor with the Warsash unit.
Jo joined us in 2021 and is a meticulous and experienced Service Engineer. When not working he can be found bobbing about on The Hamble River or enjoying a good night on the town.