Our boatfolk at Royal Quays Marina
Matt’s been involved with the marina since it was on the drawing board, so he’s very much part of the furniture. A keen sailor who enjoys both racing and cruising, he’s taken to sailing other people’s boats whilst his own lies languishing in the yard – but he tells us that’s about to change.
Assistant Marina Manager
A big cuddly family man,ex-trawlerman, Brian joined the marina when we first opened and has helped get us to where we are today. Famed for living off what he’s just killed using rod, gun, ferret or creel. Failing that he’s partial to a bit of roadkill!
Sue is ‘Wright’ by name and ‘right’ by nature! All her numbers add up, and she keeps our accounts ship shape and in order – and she’s fun and friendly too! A stalwart of the local sailing club, in her day she was pretty hot in Enterprises and is an old hand sailing back and forth across the North Sea.
Berthing Master - Boatyard
Alex is our main man in the boatyard. Being chief hoist driver and crane operator, like as not it’ll be Alex setting your boat down. Alex’s many talents include building rowing skiffs, puppetry, rock musician and a subtle wit. He’s big into wooden boats but chooses to have a fibre glass one!
An all-round nice guy and people person. After a career in retail management, David pursued his love of boats and ‘fled to the Med’ to work as a motor yacht crew before washing up in the north-east as a Yacht Broker and finding his true calling. He loves his work nearly as much as he loves his dogs.
A guitar obsessive, classic Porsche restorer, and owner of the good ship ‘Florrie’, Craig keeps us entertained! A former singer on the club circuit he resolutely refuses to sing at work, but you might catch him picking out a few guitar riffs in the wee small hours of a night shift.
Guy is cool, calm and capable and never gets in a flap! Having worked as Mate on sail training vessels and charter yachts, Guy has just embarked on the joys of owning & restoring his own boat, having acquired a Nantucket Clipper yawl.
As with all the Berthing Master team, you will find Ken answering the VHF, operating the lock gates, taking your lines, lifting boats, serving fuel, keeping the marina clean, tidy and well maintained, checking boats, recording all the ins and outs, doing security, and working the till. Phew! And he still has time to smile!
Active Marina Events (part-time casual)
20 years ago, as a student Nicola was teaching boat handling to youngsters at the local Red Seal Rescue, and worked for us as a summer assistant. Fast forward through stints as RNLI lifeboat crew, RN reservist, and the local marine police, and she’s back! Where did all the time go?