Multihull Solutions Australia Team
Mark Elkington, Chief Executive Officer
They say the key to a successful career is doing something you love. Mark took this advice early in his life after learning to sail dinghies as a boy in Western Australia. He completed studies at the Fremantle Maritime College, bought his first cruising boat at the age of 20, was appointed Safety Officer for the America’s Cup in 1987, moved east to Hamilton Island to manage a fleet of luxury vessels, and was inaugural President of the Hamilton Island Cruising Yacht Club.
As one of the founding directors of Sunsail Yacht Charters in Australia in 1994, Mark was responsible for the development of the Hamilton Island base and its fleets, overseeing the highly successfully importation of Fountaine Pajot Catamarans into Australia. He imported the first Lagoon Catamarans, worked on the interior redesign of the Perry 43, and assisted the growth of Catana in the region.
In his spare time, Mark kayaked over 2500kms to raise money for childhood leukaemia, and sailed more than 10,000nm in various offshore races including the Sydney to Hobart. In between, when the wind dropped, he ducked ashore to get married and have three children.
Wayne Dickenson, Chief Financial Officer
Understanding why Multihull Solutions chose Wayne Dickenson as their new Chief Financial Officer is simply all about numbers. Born and bred in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, Wayne ticked the important first box with his love of the outdoors, having represented his school, district, and Country NSW in School rugby. He graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Business/ Accountancy degree and started out in the auto industry, rapidly working his way up the ladder to GM for a major Bathurst dealership.
Wayne also satisfied the obligatory ‘world experience’ criteria, having travelled through Europe, Russia, India and Nepal in his faithful VW Combi. He moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife Monique and two children, operated his own finance business for five years, worked at Sunstate Motorcycles as Financial Controller for six years, owned several motorbikes which he uses to explore the region, and now spends a vast portion of his weekend ferrying kids to sporting commitments.
After finding leftover time to go camping or renovate their house, Wayne returns to his waterfront office where he has rapidly become the number one asset for Multihull Solutions!
Rohan Gull, Chief Operating Officer
Having spent 23 years on Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays, Rohan has an enviable history of boating in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds and has a proven appreciation of the yachting lifestyle. When not soaking up the majesty of Whitehaven Beach, Rohan was responsible for developing Hamilton Island Weddings into a highly successful business operation with a renowned international reputation. He has since played an integral role in assisting numerous businesses across Australia optimise their systems to achieve greater efficiency and productivity. Specialising in streamlining processes using technology and online digital solutions, Rohan has joined our senior team with a commitment to making clients’ experience with buying and selling yachts a more smooth, simple and enjoyable experience.
Patrick Gilot, Brokerage & Business Development Manager
Born in France, Patrick studied and lived in Europe as well as South America and USA, and is subsequently fluent in French, Spanish, English and German. He started sailing Lasers when he was young in his hometown of Marseilles, then later cruised the Mediterranean on various catamarans.
Prestigious catamaran manufacturer Catana recognised his value when he worked as one of the company’s agents in Florida, and soon appointed him as the company’s Export Sales Manager in 2003. In this role, he travelled the world attending boat shows and played an integral role in the launch of the new range, as well as managing after-sales service and brokerage issues.
He then became Catana’s Australian agent, representing the company with his outstanding product knowledge and experience with the international multihull market. His sales skills, technical knowledge, industry experience and multilingual talents strengthen the Multihull Solutions’ team immeasurably.
When he’s not working, Patrick is a volunteer surf life saver at Mooloolaba.
Taryn Poole, Marketing Manager
Taryn not only brings 18 years of marketing expertise to the Multihull Solutions team, but also her passion for sailing and the cruising lifestyle. Having worked in the marine industry, including operating her own consultancy for 12 years, she has a wealth of experience in delivering effective and strategic marketing solutions. Taryn fell in love with the sailing life after a catamaran charter on Sydney Harbour and purchased a Lagoon 41S2 with her partner Mark soon after. Aboard Zenitude, they cruised the Australian east coast, relaxing off Yamba, snorkelling at Lady Musgrave, exploring the Keppels and island hopping around the Whitsundays. The couple is also currently building their dream holiday home in Vanuatu. Based on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Taryn is enthusiastic about helping position Multihull Solutions as the industry leader in the Asia Pacific region and helping effectively engage clients so they can realise their own boating dreams.
Greg Boller, Group Sales Manager
Greg Boller brings to Multihull Solutions 25 years of experience in recreational and commercial boating, including management of yacht clubs, water sport tourism operations, sailing schools and yacht charter businesses. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Greg was general manager of Sunsail Australia before taking on the role of Asia Pacific director of Sunsail and The Moorings throughout the region overseeing operations in Seychelles, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, French Polynesia, New Zealand and Tonga.
Greg recently returned to Australia after spending eight years in China operating a composite manufacturing and boat building facility, greatly expanding his understanding of yacht construction and composites.
Having started sailing at the age of eight on Moreton Bay , he has continued to sail all his life both competitively and recreationally on dinghies, off-the-beach cats, monohulls, cruising cats and more and has enjoyed introducing a constant stream of new people to sailing along the way.
Greg is a passionate boater with an intimate understanding of the global yacht charter business, both commercially and operationally, making him the ideal person to assist clients who are considering purchasing a yacht to operate in a charter fleet.
Vanessa Davis, Accounts Manager
Many people don’t develop a real work ethic until after they’ve
backpacked in Asia, downed pints in an Irish pub, sponged a car deposit off their parents, and then tried and quit several jobs because “they’re still trying to find themselves”. While these people were nursing hangovers and wondering how they were going to pay that week’s rent, Vanessa Stewart was carving a career before she had finished school.
This dynamo was only 14 when she started a school-based traineeship at Pacific Ford on the Sunshine Coast, completing Business Management Certificates 2 and 3 in the process. Vanessa’s commitment and drive led to Pacific Ford offering her a full-time administration job after high school graduation. She spent almost seven years with company, during which time she also had her first child with husband Chris and had bought and cleared a block of land, then built their first home in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. (At this stage, it should be noted that Vanessa was not yet 22!)
Shifting gears, Vanessa moved to the Finance department at Sunstate Motorcycles where she spent a further nine years, until Multihull Solutions heard about her legendary skills and persuaded her to join the team. Now with three daughters, Vanessa has settled into our company wasting no time transforming our systems, improving our efficiency, and making us all feel rather tired just watching her!
Christina Notley, Administration Manager
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Christina Notley has a natural affinity for the ocean and outdoors. When she and her family aren’t enjoying their spare time camping, water skiing, diving, snow skiing or lifesaving, they are embarking on amazing adventures like their recent caravan trip around Australia where they sailed the Whitsundays, swam with crocs, and even mingled with Great White Sharks off Port Lincoln!
Remarkably, Christina has still managed to build an impressive set of administrative, retail, banking and business skills in between all the action starting as a 14-year-old at Coles checkouts. She worked her way up the management ladder in the retail industry, accruing numerous qualifications in retail management and business administration while still managing to juggle the arrival of two sons over the years. After working at Coastline BMW for several years, Christina and her husband launched their own Chartered Accounting practice where she oversaw the administration and client relationships.
Adventure soon beckoned again, and following their unforgettable trek around the country, Christina has returned to the coast to take up the new role of Administration Manager at Multihull Solutions where she is looking forward to developing wonderful relationships with our clients as they plan and embark on their own adventures at sea.
Rebecca Bryett, New Yacht - Account Manager
Rebecca has lived in Australia for the past 15 years, having grown up on the south coast of the UK. She has truly earned her sailing stripes after living on a 36ft yacht for five years, sailing the Atlantic circuit and completing the famous ARC rally, plus cruising the Caribbean, Venezuela, the ABC’s, Bermuda and the Azores before returning to Europe. Rebecca worked for Ancasta International Boat Sales in the UK selling new Beneteaus and Lagoons, then moved to Melbourne where she lived for 11 years.
Her passion for the great outdoors was indulged when she moved with her children to the Sunshine Coast in 2016, and now, when she’s not at Multihull Solutions helping others fulfil their own boating dreams, Rebecca spends as much time as possible windsurfing, scuba diving, trail running and enjoying the coastal lifestyle.
Sarah Lloyd, Brand Manager
With a BA in Design and Marketing, Sarah brings almost two decades of invaluable experience to the Multihull Solutions marketing team.
Since starting her career as a graphic designer, she has worked as an art director, copywriter, illustrator, web designer, traffic manager, account manager and marketing coordinator across an expansive range of industries.
After travelling the world and living in England, Spain and South Africa, Sarah has carved a strong portfolio of work on the Sunshine Coast and is now set to help Multihull Solutions reach an even stronger audience throughout the Asia Pacific.
Kelly Petering, Client Relationship Manager - Victoria
With extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, Kelly joins our team to help deliver the highest standards of service to our clients. She has spent the past seven years owning and operating a boutique hotel and restaurant in Yea, Victoria with her partner and was previously a tour guide throughout the USA and Australia. Kelly has a passion for travel and exploring new cultures, and looks forward to assisting clients embark on their own cruising adventures.
Marcus Ashley-Jones, General Manager - NSW
It’s been said that the supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play, and that’s exactly what Marcus Ashley-Jones has managed to do.
Our New South Wales Regional Manager has built a career out of his passion for sailing having accrued an impressive list of achievements on the water, including competing in the Volvo Ocean race, Extreme sailing series, racing 18-foot skiffs and participating in 15 Sydney to Hobart regattas, most recently aboard the super maxi Scallywag 100.
When he has not been facing down the ocean’s challenges, he has worked in professional sailing and race yacht management as well as project managing a variety of yacht builds. Marcus has also developed extensive marine industry experience as the importer and distributor for SLAM, manager of Handy Crew and in yacht sales for many of the world’s biggest nautical brands, including Vicsail, Lagoon, Swan, Sunreef and Heliotrope.
It’s hard to imagine him finding time to do anything else, but Marcus also enjoys yoga and skiing when he is not cruising aboard his 37’ catamaran!
Leon Bowles, Service Manager
For Leon Bowles, there was never any question that the marine industry was his calling. The ocean stole him away from a career in law, which he had been studying in Sydney after leaving school. A simple year away from the books took Leon to Cyprus where he did some work on boats and he simply never returned to the campus, heading to the northern Red Sea for the next two years instead. He spent numerous years working on liveaboard dive charter boats and a couple of small superyachts as a deckhand before working his way up to become an engineer and finally skipper.
There’s hardly a vessel Leon doesn’t know: he has experience on power and sail boats, and multihulls including large aluminium commercial power cats up to 30 metres long. He’s cruised some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, including a year spent sailing on his own 33’ cat from Fiji to Australia via Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as well as skippering two 50’ sailing tris through Thailand, Myanmar and the Andaman Islands of India.
In between, he accrued myriad qualifications, including AMSA NC24 (Master Class 5), MED 2 and PADI divemaster. Living full time in Phuket from 2001 where he married Boo and started a family, Leon steered his career into the business side of the marine industry, founding and operating Phuket’s first Volvo Penta Dealership and Parker Stores for nine years before the lure of the ocean led to him selling both companies in 2012 and taking the family cruising on a 42’ monohull for six months through Indonesia. In 2013 Leon started a new marine project management company, which involved managing the build of a one-off 80’ high-end powerboat in Sweden and then running it with occasional private diving trips through Asia for its owner.
In 2017, Leon and Boo relocated with the kids to Australia where he spent time in Darwin before settling on the Gold Coast managing a marine engineering workshop at The Boat Works, however he missed utilising all of his skills. Leon’s experience is now a huge boost for Multihull Solutions’ clients who benefit from his extensive technical knowledge and commitment to helping new owners enjoy smooth sailing.
Andrew de Bruin, Senior Yacht Sales Executive
Andrew de Bruin discovered early that you can mix business with pleasure, and he built his impressive career around sailing and selling yachts in the world’s most exotic destinations.
Starting out as a charter yacht skipper in Greece and Turkey, Andrew returned to Australia and spent several years as operations manager for Sunsail in the Whitsundays. A move to Sydney Harbour followed where Andrew was appointed service manager for Beneteau Yachts-Vicsail before he set sail on his own 36’ yacht Awatea for Singapore. From there, he spent several years undertaking numerous regional and international yacht deliveries, then was recruited to manage the daily operation and major refit of the sailing vessel Star Gazer while based in the Gulf of Thailand, Malacca Strait and Andaman Sea. In 2002, Andrew embarked on a ten-year position as Senior Broker with Lee Marine Co.Ltd where he supervised a successful team of yacht brokers across three offices in Thailand.
Previously based in our Thailand Sales Centre, Andrew has relocated to Manly, Brisbane.
Brett Horner, Senior Broker - Gold Coast, QLD
Born in South Africa, Brett grew up on the water spending his free time powerboating, skiing and fishing. He launched his own businesses after studying Business Management and IT and operated them for 20 years before moving to Australia with his wife and two daughters.
He brought his passion for the ocean with him to his new home and is a committee member of the Gold Coast Sportfishing Club, giving a lot of his spare time organising club competitions and events.
When not helping multihull enthusiasts get out on the water, Brett loves nothing more than marlin fishing on his boat with his family and friends.
James Beeby, Senior Broker - Mooloolaba, QLD
James brings a rich tapestry of experience to Multihull Solutions having worked in various industries, including business development, IT, managing an export company and 100T trading ship, and working as a professional yacht broker in Cairns and Mooloolaba.
He developed a passion for sailing at an early age while adventuring on his Corsair dinghy, then later progressed to Lasers and Hobie cats. Since then, James has owned several cruising yachts and accrued an ocean of miles along the east coast and PNG while delivering yachts and racing.
He now brings his experience and skills to help Multihull Solutions’ clients realise their own cruising dreams.
Andrew Craig, Sales Consultant - Brisbane, QLD
Born and raised in Brisbane, Andrew Craig has extensive experience in the marine industry throughout the Asia Pacific region. He moved to Thailand in 2000 to join the team at Lee Marine where he handled brokerage sales as well as new yacht sales for a range of brands including Riviera Ferretti Pershing X-yachts and Jeanneau. After seven years, he diversified into the property industry managing Luxury Villas & Homes, Thailand’s largest private prestige property and rental company, joined Elite Havens in 2017 to run their Thailand operation before moving to Japan in 2018 to set up their operations in Niseko. In 2020, Andrew made the decision to return to Australia to be closer to family due to the restrictions created by the Covid pandemic. With a passion for all things water related, from surfing and swimming to sailing, he is a perfect fit for the sales teams at Multihull Solutions and The Yacht Sales Co where he can share his knowledge and experience with boating enthusiasts in Brisbane.
Mark Hodgson, Sales Consultant - Gold Coast, QLD
Mark Hodgson joins Multihull Solutions with an enviable career that has combined his passion for the ocean and outdoors with his gift for sales and customer service. Raised on Sydney’s northern beaches, he has an affinity for the sea, spending his childhood surfing the famous breaks of the region. For 12 years, Mark worked as a qualified landscaper and stonemason before purchasing a surf shop in Sawtell, just south of Coffs Harbour, which he successfully operated for 13 years. He further developed his sales experience with a career change to the automotive industry, working for both Ford and Toyota, before making the decision to purchase a yacht. After doing extensive research into the myriad brands and models available, Mark found a Lagoon 450f for sale in Bali in May 2021 through Multihull Solutions and recognised it was ideal for the lifestyle he and his wife had dreamed of. He tackled the limitations imposed by the pandemic, and flew to Indonesia to collect the catamaran and sailed her back – against the wind – to Australia, which was an impressive feat. Mark now brings his passion, experience and skills to the team and looks forward to helping clients realise their own cruising dreams.
Fabian Courtaux, Sales Consultant - VIC and TAS
Fabian Courtaux adds even further multicultural depth to the team with his fascinating background and impressive experience. French-born and bred with Italian heritage, he is married to a Russian who he met in Colombia, and they now live in Australia where they are instilling in their two boys a shared passion for adventure and world travel. Before moving to Australia 11 years ago, Fabian worked for the French military shipyard Naval Group (DCNS) selling boats, albeit it the imposing grey and black kind. When negotiating the sale of a new fleet of French submarines, his wife opposed his involvement in the sale of arms and served him an ultimatum in true Russian style resulting in their relocation to Australia shortly after. Fabian established a successful business, Trusted Negotiator, which became a leading provider of high-stakes negotiation support, advising and coaching executives and their commercial teams in negotiations across many sectors and industries. Fabian now brings his fascinating skillset, maritime background and passion for the ocean to the Multihull Solutions team and looks forward to creating strong and successful relationships with cruising enthusiasts looking to embark on their own adventures.
Will Anido, Sales Consultant - NSW
The ocean has defined Will Anido’s life since he was young, starting his career has a council lifeguard, a role he continued to serve for 20 years. He opened a SUP school while also working as an SUP instructor for The Academy of Surf. During this time, Will travelled the world from Finland to Peru helping people become instructors and teaching how to operate SUP schools. For the past six years, he has been a yacht skipper looking after an extensive range of sailing catamarans ad monohulls, and he is now committed to sharing his knowledge and passions with other cruising enthusiasts looking to embark on their own ocean adventures.
Alexis Depeille , Sales Consultant, Brisbane
Originally from Provence where his family has been established in the wine industry since 1886, Alexis has a remarkable professional history across diverse sectors complemented by an enviable stint cruising the world’s oceans.
Following time spent at Military Academy and the French Army, Alexis held various sales and management roles in the security industry in London and Paris before being instrumental in the highly successful growth of a Professional E-Learning languages business in Paris in his role as partner and International Development Director.
Despite having a wonderful life with in Lyon, the call of the ocean was too strong and Alexis and his family decided to embark on the ultimate sea change. Ordering a new Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, they undertook intensive offshore sail training and set sail for an unforgettable three years that included exploring the Mediterreanean, a transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean, discovering the Turks, Caicos and US east coast.
The family arrived in New Zealand seven years ago where Alexis established some imported businesses, set up a French café in Auckland, and returned to his family roots working for a leading wine company from the South Island.
Now based in Brisbane, his passion and extensive skills are a valuable asset to clients of Multihull Solutions who are ready to pursue their own boating dreams.
Romain Crozon, After-Sales Service / Ex-factory Liaison
Romain Crozon’s life is governed by the ocean. Born in France on the Finistère coast in Brittany, Romain developed a natural affinity with the sea, sailing Laser and Hobie cats and surfing the best waves he could find.
He completed a degree in Nautical Industries and then embarked on a world adventure through Central America, Asia, the United States and Oceania where he worked for a charter company before starting work for Multihull Solutions. This experience gave him a comprehensive education in the multihull industry and he stayed close to the company even after transferring to the Caribbean where he managed a surfing school for eight years.
Now, Roms has returned to the Multihull Solutions fold helping clients prepare their new boat by splitting his time between Australia and La Rochelle in France.
Gordon & Louise Coates, Multihull Owners | Ambassadors - Sydney, NSW
Gordon and Louise Coates really like multihulls. In fact, they like them so much they have become ambassadors for Multihull Solutions!
The couple have been avid multihull enthusiasts for many years, after both growing up sailing and then racing dinghies when they first met. Gordon spent most of his adult life in the air, first working as an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer with Qantas before advancing to become a Captain on the Airbus A380. After 42 years with the airline, he handed in his wings to pursue his passion on the water. Louise has worked part time as an optical dispenser whilst she and Gordon raised three daughters.
The couple bought their first Fountaine Pajot catamaran, an Orana 44, in 2006, and have since visited the Fountaine Pajot factory in France three times. On Gordon’s retirement, the Orana 44 was sold in order for them to purchase a new Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, and for the next few years they sailed throughout the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and onto the east coast of the USA.
They are now adventuring again, this time on a brand new Fountaine Pajot Elba 45, doing a half-circumnavigation from France to Australia!
David and Bev Smale, Multihull Owner | Ambassadors - WA
Multihull Solutions’ David Smale has been on the water all his life, giving him a unique perspective on the age-old debate of which is best: power or sail. As a typical teen he embraced the need for speed, buying his first ski boat at 16 and becoming a fanatical waterskier on Western Australian’s Salt Lakes.
Throughout the late 80s and into the 90s, David constructed and managed a waterski park in Baldivis and also introduced Jet Sprinting to the state, constructing and promoting several tracks throughout Western Australia while also racing jet boats throughout Australia, New Zealand and the US until 2002.
He purchased his first ocean-going boat in 1997 – a 38’ Riviera – and subsequently owned numerous power boats until 2013 when he felt a calling to the ‘other side’. In 2013, David purchased his first sailing catamaran – a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 (#8) – which he had delivered to Australia. A year later, he did it again, purchasing another Helia 44 (#61), this time picking it up ex-factory in La Rochelle. He sailed the cat back to Australia via the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Carribean, Cuba, Panama, and South Pacific, and then sold her in 2017. He then returned to his roots and purchased a 43-foot power boat but swiftly realised that he had made a mistake and his heart was now firmly fixed in the sailing camp.
He is now awaiting the arrival of his new Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40, and is looking forward to enjoying more idyllic days onboard with his wife of 42 years and two children and grandchildren.
Contact our Australia team
Multihull Solutions Australia:
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Marine Precinct, 1 Boat Works Drive, Coomera, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4209, AUSTRALIA
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