About Ballina Marineland
For the staff at Ballina Marineland, boating is not a job — it’s a lifestyle!
Their motto is ‘we live it, we love it, we do it’. And indeed they do — included in the staff are people who have been a boat builder and a water ski racing champ, and there’s a couple of mad-keen fishos there too.
Ballina Marineland has been a business synonymous with boating in Ballina since 1982.
Ken and Kim Fitzgibbon bought Ballina Marineland in 2000. For Ken, a boat builder, it was the perfect choice. For Kim, a dental nurse, it was something entirely new, but she’s found the transition to a marine business a pleasure.
Their commitment to their customers is simple: To provide quality products and services with the ultimate in customer service.
Ken and Kim recently handed over the business to Allan McCarthy – Home port – Port of Ballina on the 26th of November 2018.
Allan McCarthy, new Proprietor of Ballina Marineland boat sales. Allan will be learning the retail ropes from Ken ‘n’ Kim over the coming 3 months of the retail/admin side of the proprietorship. Allan has recently hung up his ‘sea boots’ after ~ 47 years at sea – and being a Master Mariner – is duly qualifed to drive anything from a ‘tinnie to a tanker’ and has done, including 9 Years ice breaker ships in and around the Antarctic… even chased a patagonian toothfish pirate ship for 21 days around and through the antarctic ice on behalf of the Australian Govt… Allan left home on the Northern rivers and went to sea as a boy apprentice at the age of 15 and has returned to his home port to continue on with maritime career/work at Ballina Marineland to provide boats/motors/trailers to the public for safe boating pleasure.
Ken Fitzgibbon, once tried his hand at a job that didn’t involve boats — and hated it! That’s understandable for someone who had spent his working life on boats. Ken is a former boat builder, starting out on cray boats at Port Fairy in Victoria. Ken and Kim moved to Ballina in 1984, and Ken successfully turned his hand to building sailing craft, working with Chris Bell at Broadwater Yachts. Ken’s next job was building stereo speakers, but his passion for boats was too strong. In his own words, he suffered ‘boat withdrawal symptoms’. When the opportunity arose to buy Marineland Ballina, Ken and Kim grabbed the opportunity. Needless to say, Ken is glad they did! Ken and Kim recently sold the business to Allan McCarthy on the 26th November 2018. Ken and Kim will be around until the first week in March handing over the business then they take off on an around Australia trip for a few months before returning to Ballina.
Adrian Melchior is involved in commercial and recreational sales and general retail at Ballina Marineland. Adrian grew up in a fishing and boating family, and he’s as keen on fishing as he is on boats. Adrian is one of the leading contenders in ABT bass and bream tournaments, and he’s just the man help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing the boat that best suits your fishing lifestyle. He is also the man to see when it comes to Marine radios, sounders and electric motors.
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