Meet the masters in marine. Enjoy trouble-free boating! Is your boat in need of a service? Perhaps you need a gear box rebuild or a new motor installation? Get back on the water with the help of Southern Fish Marine. From serving, maintenance, gear box rebuilds, electrical, installation, chart plotters… anything and everything to do with repairs and maintenance on your vessel can be carried out at Southern Fish Marine.
The husband and wife duo behind Southern Fish Marine, Anthony and Wendye Tennant, bought the workshop in December 2016. Since taking over an already established business, Anthony and Wendye changed the name to Southern Fish Marine, increasing trading hours to 7:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturdays.
They have also introduced a chandlery offering all boating accessories from navigation lines through to life jackets and have become an authorised dealer for Mercury, Volvo Penta, Yanmar and Kohler power generators.
Anthony manages the floor and three marine mechanics, whilst Wendye and a part-time staff member take care of the administrative side of the business, completing the team at Southern Fish Marine. The team may be small but their service is second-to- none.
“Having a small team allows for great customer service and one-on- one communication,” Anthony explained. “Every time a customer comes in, they talk to the same person. They’re not getting passed around like you would expect in a larger company.”
On top of this, Anthony brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of the marine repair industry. Originally from Tasmania, Anthony holds qualifications in the diesel, auto electrical and automotive and marine trades.
Anthony and Wendye own commercial fishing licences in Tasmania but Anthony relocated to sunny Queensland to settle in Wendye’s hometown. “I moved up here because this is Wendye’s home,” Anthony said. “I love it here although I do miss the colder temperatures back in Tassie.”
Despite missing the cold, Anthony said that Southern Fish Marine is centrally located in the heart of the Marina at Sandstone Point allowing for ease of access for all marine vessels.
“People can leave their boats on our berth while we are working on them,” he said. “They can come in their vessel by sea or tow it in on a trailer. We also provide pick up and drop off services. So, I’m on the water almost every day.” Anthony jokes he’s not out fishing as much as he would like to due to work commitments Monday to Saturday, but he insists he loves what he does. “Growing up in the boating industry, I’m passionate about the water,” he said. “I want everyone to enjoy trouble-free boating.”