Liam Power has 37 years in the marine industry. Completing his apprenticeship in boat building with John Lidgard Yachts in custom boat building, the yard was renowned for designing and building power and sailing vessels for coastal and off-shore clients. Over the years Liam has clocked up a number of miles through yacht racing and deliveries with sail and powered vessels, coastal and offshore. After a number of years involved with offshore boat building projects, Liam returned to New Zealand where he joined Riviera in the new year of 2001 and has been with the brand ever since. Our harbour and coastal waters is what Liam loves and to help turn client’s dreams into reality with the brands he represents.
Craig began his working life as an apprentice plumber until a Motorcycle accident put him out of action. With his planned career path jeopardized a lucky break came in the form of a job offer as Deckhand on the renowned 70ft Luxury Motor Yacht D’urville. Craig climbed the ranks to become a sought after Skipper. Marine projects and Boat Brokerage sales occupied Craig for two decades prior to purchasing the Boat Chandlery at Westpark Marina to run with wife Tanya for eight years. Craig has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in both the sail and power boat circles.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Craig lists his interests as his family, hunting, diving, golf, game fishing, boating,yacht racing and swimming and making the most of each day.
Tony has been involved in boating through clubs, family and friends from a very young age throughout Southland, Otago and Canterbury eventually making it his profession in 1996 as a skipper, fishing guide and jet boat driver in Lake Wanaka.
Tony and his family moved to Auckland after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.
What do you like to do in your spare time? In his spare time Tony enjoys exploring the Hauraki Gulf beaches and bays with family and friends, fishing, boating and Saturday sports with his two boys.
Sam has always been passionate about boats and his experiences began at a very young age. His first sailing exploits were in the Optimist Junior class, where success began with a second in the Nationals and a good placing in the Optimist World Championships. He then progressed to the P class where he won the Tauranga Cup for the 75th jubilee sailed in Tauranga. Following that he moved on to the Starling, Laser and 29er classes.
In his early days he also set a Guinness World Record for how far you could travel on a gallon of fuel in a small carbon canoe. Sam’s passion is diverse and his next dream was to experience Offshore Power Boating. He campaigned in his own boat winning Sports B Restricted classes and soon after became very involved in New Zealand Water-Ski Racing. In this sport he soon set new F2 class records in his boat and still enjoys competing in the river races every year (where he is the team to beat!).
His profession came clear after leaving school; he became a boat builder for Cookson Boats where he was involved in building hi-tech race yachts such as Volvo Round the World yachts & America’s Cup boats for Emirates Team New Zealand. After finishing his 4 year apprenticeship for Mick Cookson he then travelled to Wally Yachts in Italy to build Super Yachts. After returning he has been with Oracle’s America’s Cup team and has worked now for two America’s Cups as a team leader assembling the all new AC50’s .
Sam’s progression to the Flagship Marine team is a step he has long aspired to. With his passion for boats and all things boating, he keenly looks forward to learning and developing in a professional brokering role as part of the prestigious Flagship Marine Team.
Murray has been on and around recreational boats for 40 plus years. In earlier times, diving/fishing charters were frequent, anywhere from Auckland to Three Kings Islands.
Living on Dunk Island in Far North Queensland for 4 years, he regularly filled in as a casual deck hand on the resident game fishing vessel, and helped out on the large Quick Cat with dive charters to the Barrier Reef.
On returning back home he had a stint commercial fishing on the Kaipara Harbour.
Boating over the last 13 years has been shared with long-time partner Jen, teaching their two young sons the art of fishing and water skiing.
Spare time sees them sharing in numerous family activities, including riding mountain and dirt bikes, water sports, snow skiing in winter and many more.
They love entertaining and socialising with great friends and family.
There were no Marine Engineering Apprenticeships back in Steve’s day, his engineering career began in a factory environment working for Plastic Developments Ltd as a Tool Maker after his time at PDL Steve began carving his niche in the Marine Industry in the Commercial Marine sector working for Fullers Ferry’s Steve’s diverse history includes managing new builds on behalf of clients and overseeing many yards engineering teams to ensure the owners exacting requirements are being met. With many many thousands of offshore miles completed he has firsthand experience of most problems you could ever hope to experience whilst on the water. Steve particularly enjoys making sure our owners have the most enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Car Racing and Flying Drones
Tim Vernon comes to us from a customer focused role in the marine industry in Singapore with extensive product and marine knowledge.
Tim moved to New Zealand 14 years ago to continue working in the marine industry. Bringing his family from England making home on the beautiful Tutukaka coast up in the winterless north. After 5 years running the fleet at Dive Tutukaka Tim got itchy feet and went off super yachting. Tim then came ashore in the Maldives on a Four Seasons resort as fleet manager there. Tim’s super yacht and five star training did him well for his role with Simpson Marine in Singapore where he has been handling commissioning, warranty and service work for new yachts sold over the past two and half years.
Wanting to return home to NZ Tim quit Singapore and is now with us here at Flagship Marine to continue to do what he does best. Bringing together his wealth of experience in the luxury yachting world, serving our owners by coordinating the service team enabling them to do what they do best.
Tim has spent more time on one wave than most people have spent at sea. So when he is not working he is planning his weekends away in his camper van.
With over 30 years in the automotive industry, the last 12 specialising in purchasing and inventory management Bart is new to the marine industry. However, with 26 years as a lifeguard at Muriwai beach on Auckland’s West Coast and a lifelong passion for boating and the ocean in general he is excited to continue has working career with Flagship Marine. Living on Auckland’s North Shore with his wife a dog and a cat, Bart enjoys getting out on the water at every opportunity and is a keen fish feeder…occasionally catching them as well!