Jan Saull and Bruce Dickie
One of New Zealand’s most established boat builders is now in its 68th year of business and according to owner, Jan Saull, they have come through the Covid-19 Lockdown with a whole new appreciation of how they run the business in the future.
“It has been very hard for us, as we had a lot of work and just had to close the doors and go home, so when they announced we were going into Lockdown 3, and allowed back at work, I was really relieved”, says Jan.
We are back in full swing now and the great team of craftsman I have behind me are busy catching up after the lockdown”, added Jan.
Brin Wilson Boat Builders has a long and distinguished history spanning over 68 years with its beginnings in 1952. Brin Wilson was a distinguished yachtsman who was one of the first Kiwis to compete internationally and dedicated himself to his passion – designing and building yachts, many of which earned international acclaim whilst sailing. Competing in and winning races and regattas around the world.
In 1974, after Brins death, his sons Bob and Richard Wilson took over the family business, continuing his legacy of designing, building and repairing some of New Zealand’s most notable timber boats.
Nick Saull took over Brin Wilson Boats in April 2000 after serving his apprenticeship with the company, working closely with Bob and Richard until his untimely death in 2016, the company moving more into the refits and extensions, repairs and insurance work. His wife Jan Saull has continued on with running the company along with Bruce Dickie and a long serving and trusted team of tradesmen building on the company’s reputation of high quality craftsmanship. I certainly didn’t expect to celebrate 20 years of being at Brin Wilson in lockdown says Jan.
“We offer a very diverse range of services to cater fort all aspects of the market, such as
upgrading and restoration of current vessels from complete restoration projects to customised and specific detailed alterations”, says Jan.
Whether you’re considering extending your vessel’s length, fitting a new hardtop, bow thruster, repowering the vessel, or would simply like to install a new teak cupboard, no project is too big or small for the skilled craftsman at Brin Wilson Boats.
The company also offer a complete osmosis solution with a variety of specialty services from osmosis and gelcoat repairs to wooden hull planking, they also have the agency for Flexiteek which is an alternative for teak.
Brin Wilson Boats is one of the few boat builders that has the expertise and knowledge in repairing both traditional-built craft, and modern composite yachts. Additionally, Brin Wilson is recognised and has extensive administrative experience working with a wide variety of local and international insurance companies. This combination helps to ensure that your damaged vessel is not only restored back to its original condition, but that all insurance requirements are met, and that you’re repaired vessel is back in the water in a timely manner and with minimal disruption.
The company has the expertise to build and repair timber and composite crafts using a vast range of construction materials, including: carvel planked, double, triple and multi-skinned timber boats, plywood, solid fiberglass hulls, cedar, balsa and foam-cored yachts.
Since 1952, Brin Wilson Boats has built numerous vessels of different sizes and construction methods, and today, over 50 years since their first wooden boat was launched, they are still able to assist with your design and budgetary requirements, and from the initial schematic to the launch of your new vessel, Brin Wilson Boats oversees and manages every detail and aspect of your project. A number of vessels designed and built by Brin Wilson Boats are moored at Gulf Harbour Marina.
The Brin Wilson yard, conveniently located at Gulf Harbour Marina, consists of one fully enclosed shed totalling 1200 sq meters of covered work shop. This allows them to carry out refits, repairs and maintenance year round with no weather interruptions. Also onsite are: engineers, riggers, painters, electronics, osmosis repairs, chandlery and upholsters, all with their own premises, making Gulf Harbour Marina a one stop shop for all your boating needs.
There are two travelifts – a high aspect 30 ton and a 100 ton – making haulouts easy and convenient. Additionally, there is over 16,000 sq meters of sealed hard standing. Rentable apartments within walking distance from the marina, along with restaurants, cafés and convenience shops make the Brin Wilson yard ideal for any size project.