Have you ever heard of Baobab Marine? This company has become the recommended yacht repair specialists in Fiji.
With an ever increasing number of yachts visiting our shores, the demand for skilled repairs, maintenance and fabrications at costs competitive to neighboring Australia or New Zealand has become significant.
In the seven years since setting up as a marine/yacht repair and maintenance support specialist business, this company has carried out varying works on close to a thousand vessels.
Beginning on a small scale with initial emphasis to avail their services to visiting international yachts, it was only natural to accommodate the local commercial and private sector especially as Baobab Marine represents two outstanding names in the marine industry; Yanmar and Mercury.
Baobab Marine is the authorised sales and service dealer for Yanmar marine diesel engines, generators and pumps. They have sold and installed countless new marine engines into foreign yachts and local commercial boats.
According to Michelle Philip, Director of Baobab Marine, Yanmar is a well respected, reliable inboard engine that's becoming the engine of choice for new engine installations not just here but around the world.
Likewise Yanmar generators are recognised as reliable, fuel efficient work horses than some brands now available in Fiji. Yanmar is built to last a lifetime and most importantly spare parts are always available.
That's an important point to bear in mind when considering purchasing a generator.
Baobab Marine is also a distributor and dealer for Mercury Outboard engines and MerCruiser Sterndrives and Inboards. Their aim this year is to establish sub dealers in areas they feel needed the backup service and support for Mercury.
Ms Philip says they are continuously looking to diversify our varied operations and have recently started to concentrate a little more on bespoke or custom designed stainless steel and wood work commissions for the building industry such as feature doors with a nautical touch.
She says they have undertaken some beautiful stainless steel work for a few super yachts which they know couldn't have been done in Fiji otherwise.
It all comes under Brian's watchful eye, knowledge, and attention to detail.
Together with his Fiji born partners Michelle Philp and Lorenzo Ah Sam, they all pool together an understanding of various trades; the marine business, sailing, yacht construction, boat building and diesel mechanics.
She said their staff had been trained on a range of skill areas including marine painting, fibreglass, joinery and cabinet making, engine servicing and stainless steel and aluminium fabrication and welding.
They are located at Vuda Point between Port Denarau Marina and the Marina at Vuda Point.