Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Features FishingBoating Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : Peter Jenkins calls it a day after a 50-year industry involvement
Peter Jenkins calls it a day after a 50-year industry involvement

Bob Wonders    Click Here to view large photo

For nearly 50-years, Peter Jenkins has been one of the best-known and most recognisable personalities in the Australian boating industry, but on Tuesday, April 17, his career came to an end.

Jenkins announced his retirement, effective immediately, from Maritimo, ending an association with the company’s CEO Bill Barry-Cotter that dates back more than 20-years.

The 69-year-old father of two and grandfather of four, is planning on an active retirement and it would be a safe bet to say that much of it will be spent in the cockpit of his helicopter.

Born in Melbourne in 1943, Jenkins’ boating industry career had its start when he joined Brooker Aluminium Boats; he was a natural for a boating lifestyle after a championship-winning stint at marathon water skiing.

In 1972, Brooker asked Jenkins to move to Sydney and shortly after that he was 'head hunted' and joined Chrysler Outboards as its sales manager.

In reality, it was to be the start of what could only be termed a 'glittering career.'

Living at Pymble, with wife of 44-years, Rhonda, Peter or PJ as he was to become known far and wide, travelled extensively visiting marine dealers around the country.

One client was Waldron Marine, based at Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches, a Haines Hunter, Quintrex, Swiftcraft and Johnson Outboard dealer.

In 1976 Jenkins purchased the dealership, including its freehold premises, re-named the business ‘Mr Boats’ and under his leadership it was to become one of the ‘brightest stars’ in the NSW marine dealer network.

Looking back, PJ told me he sold his house to finance the purchase and one week raided his kid’s money boxes to make salary.

'Initially, it was a very good week if we made $100,' he recalled.

Rhonda Jenkins interjected; 'I said to Peter I hope we’ll be able to laugh about this some day.'

'Yes, we did have some tough times, but it has all worked out in the end,' PJ added.

In 1980, with business at Mr Boats performing strongly, PJ purchased a Mariner Pacer through Mike Gaffikin, another long-term Barry-Cotter colleague.

As PJ recalls, at that time he certainly knew of Bill Barry-Cotter, but the purchase of the Mariner would mark the first time the pair met face-to-face.

It would be the start of a long and productive relationship for both men.

In 1985, PJ sold the Mr Boats business, but retained ownership of the freehold site.

Prior to linking in a business relationship with Barry-Cotter, Peter Jenkins succumbed to an offer that same year to join the then Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) as its national sales manager.

Shortly after joining OMC, PJ, a long-term member of the Boating Industry Association of NSW, served a term as vice-president of the peak industry group.

He would spend two-years with OMC and during his time there became one of the first marketing executives in the boating industry to utilise the power of television commercial to sell outboard engines.

Asked why he left the outboard company, PJ replied, 'I felt I was more of a ‘big boat man’ than to be involved with outboard engines and smaller craft.'

While all this was going on, Bill Barry-Cotter had sold the company he established in 1966, Mariner Cruisers, and the buyer had on-sold it to the New Zealand-based Questar Group.

In 1987 Bill Barry-Cotter re-acquired his company from the New Zealand owner began re-marketing Mariner Cruisers.

Peter Jenkins then formed PJ Marine and became a Mariner dealer operating from the Mariner Quays complex on Sydney’s Pittwater.

In 1980, Bill Barry-Cotter had established Riviera Marine, at Labrador, on the Queensland Gold Coast; for a time he campaigned the two brand names, Mariner and Riviera, against each other, but eventually decided to move all his manufacturing capability to Queensland.

Jenkins was shortly to sell his Sydney dealership and in 1992 accepted an offer to join Riviera Marine and make the move north.

At that time, the late Rick Koziora was responsible for Riviera Marine’s international dealer network, but w hen he was struck down by the illness that eventually claimed his life, Bill Barry-Cotter asked PJ to take the reins.

'Bill sort of cut me loose,' PJ, recalls, 'get on your bike and go and find some dealers was more or less the instruction I was given.

'Over the next few years I was to visit more than 30 countries and was spending up to 200 days away every year.

'In 2000, Rhonda and I lived in Spain for about three-months while I worked on fine-tuning and establishing the European dealer network.'

The industry was shocked when Bill sold Rivera in 2002 and a short time later for Maritimo in 2004.

Peter Jenkins would become one of several Riviera employees who would ‘follow the boss’ and join the new company.

PJ lists the early days at Maritimo as his favourite 'career highlight.'

'It was exciting, we had a brand new name, a brand new factory and a market that was not exactly booming,' he explained.

‘To do what we did with only two models was really quite something; we had the media on our back, we had people pestering us for model details, but when that first boat, the Maritimo 60 was named Australia’s Boat of the Year it set us on the right road.

'We went to the Sydney International Boat Show with just the two boats, even called on our wives to help on the stand, and that was to be the foundation stone of the Maritimo company,' he explained.

Peter Jenkins (right) with Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter. - Peter Jenkins retires -  Bob Wonders   Click Here to view large photo

PJ says one of the smartest things he has done through his interest-packed life was to retain the freehold ownership of the Mr Boats site.

He went on to build combined commercial/residential complex on the land which has helped the Jenkins bank account stay well and truly in the black.

Outside his work, PJ is a man of varied interests; a long-time car enthusiast (particularly Jaguars!), he still enjoys travel, getting out on his Power Cat and especially flying his ‘chopper.’

'I’ve now got more than 1200 hours up in the helicopter, I’ve flown around Australia and across to New Guinea; now I’m retired my next flight I’m looking at is a journey along the route of the Murray River,'

PJ’s life has not been a complete ‘bed of roses.’

Twice he has been hospitalised with serious injuries, once in Melbourne when he fell from the boa of a boat and was run over, nearly losing an arm in the process.

Late last year, he was a keen Harley-Davidson motor cycle rider until on a ride through the Gold Coast Hinterland he took a nasty fall, only the good fortune that there was not oncoming traffic preventing the accident from being probably a fatal.

'That was the end of my Harley-Davidson era,' he lamented.

Now happily residing in a luxury canal-front home at Paradise Waters, on the Queensland Gold Coast, PJ and Rhonda are contemplating a return to Sydney.

'Only because my son, daughter and grand kids are there,' he said, 'it’s something Rhonda and I will work out eventually.'

PJ said his decision to retire came suddenly.

'It was last week,' he said, 'and I just did not feel like going to work.

'I’ve never been like that and I just said to Rhonda, I think I’ve had enough, it was a simple as that,' added.

It’s been close enough to 50-years, and I’d suggest that Peter Jenkins, former Melbournian, former Sydneysider and current Gold Coaster has left an indelible mark on the Australian boating industry.

Peter Jenkins - Peter Jenkins retires -  Bob Wonders   Click Here to view large photo


by Bob Wonders

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96352

7:46 PM Sat 21 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







Power Boat News

Get set for the Sportjet by Sirocco Marine
The new Williams Sportjet range is an exhilarating new chapter for Williams Performance Tenders. ... [more]  

2014 Auckland on the Water Boatshow - Increased visitor numbers show strong support for New Zealand’s leading boat show. Feedback for the 16th Auckland On Water Boat Show (AOWBS), which ran from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September 2014, has been overwhelmingly positive, with several significant sales made at the show. ... [more]  

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Marine Training Centre will be open to the public for tours during the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from October 17 to 19. ... [more]  

Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, Kevin Humphries and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have announced the successful tender for the dredging of Swansea Channel has been awarded to Neumann Dredging Pty Ltd. ... [more]  

Have trailer, will travel *Feature by Jeni Bone
All Marine Spares were out in force at last weekend’s Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club Spectacular, which drew local and interstate participants and enthusiastic crowds numbering in the several thousand. ... [more]  

Auckland On The Water Boat Show: Images from the final day by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Auckland International Boat Show concluded today having enjoyed four days of moderately acceptable weather. Attendance figures have not yet been announced however they are expected to be close to or exceed last year's Show. ... [more]  

Mr Priddy hopes to shave up to seven days off the current powerboat record of 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes, held by New Zealander Pete Bethune. He will make the formal announcement at the Fathom Ship Efficiency Conference in London on Wednesday October 1st. The boat has been designed by Professor Bob Cripps, former Technical Director of VT Halmatic. ... [more]  

A new provisional World Record was set on the Viaduct Harbour today with 52 paddlers covering the 100 metre course on the Lancer SUP. There were no incidents in the attempt - which sets a new mark category in the Guinness World Records. ... [more]  

Marine Rescue Forster-Tuncurry has been named a winner in the 2014 NSW Water Safety Awards, taking out the prize for the Water Safety Event of the Year. The Award, presented tonight, is for the unit’s successful Water Expo, staged in January at the peak of the summer holiday and boating season. The award was accepted by Deputy Unit Commander Ray Mazurek. ... [more]  

Marine Rescue NSW volunteers have been recognised for their enormous contribution to safety on the water, with the rescue service taking out a prestigious title at the 2014 NSW Water Safety Awards. MRNSW won the Most Outstanding Contribution to Water Safety by an Organisation category at the annual awards, presented tonight. ... [more]  

An attempt will be made on Saturday afternoon set set a new Guinness World Record mark for the most people on a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) The SUP used for the record attempt will be supplied by leading New Zealand inflatable manufacturer, Lancer Industries, and the SUP uses Lancer's AirDock technology.. ... [more]  

Rescue vessel Point Danger 30 from Marine Rescue Point Danger base, went to the aid of a yacht with mechanical and sail failure shortly before 10 o’clock this morning. The yacht, with three people on board had been experiencing strong winds east of Cook Island off the coast of Northern NSW and was forced to seek help when its engine failed and mainsail blew out. ... [more]  

Having grown into the world’s largest marine motorsport brand over the last 12 years, Powerboat P1 has announced plans to take its SuperStock powerboat and AquaX jet ski race series to Singapore next year as a first step to racing throughout the region. ... [more]  

Sail-World did a quick tour of the on the water exhibits at the Auckland On The Water Boat Show. Her's a quick selection of some of the almost 200 boats on the water in the Viaduct Harbour. ... [more]  

The Auckland On The Water Boat Show opened this morning in brilliant Spring sunshine. Based on the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, there are nearly 200 exhibiting companies and over 200 boats are at the event which runs through to Sunday September 28. ... [more]  

RBT only applies when vessel is underway by Boating Industry Association
Following some reports RBT testing was occurring whilst at anchor, Michael Drake Principal Manager Boating Safety, Maritime Management Centre, Transport for NSW, has confirmed with RMS legal team that 'RBT only applies when a vessel is underway (i.e. not at anchor, moored or berthed at a wharf or marina)'. ... [more]  

BIA and MIMRA at RMS Boating Safety Day! by Boating Industry Association
BIA and MIMRA will be promoting our 50 Point Safety Check on Sunday the 28th of September, Bayview Boat Ramp, Rowland Reserve, Pittwater Road, Bayview from 10:00 am running until 2:00 pm. ... [more]  

Iridium have recently released the Iridium GO!, their latest product in the satellite communication market. It’s portable, battery powered, and creates a WiFi hotspot. www.predictwind.com!PredictWind!new have partnered with Iridium to put together a package catering specifically to the marine market. ... [more]  

The flagship of Riviera’s award-winning Sport Yacht collection is supremely comfortable with innovative alfresco lifestyle concepts, ultramodern marine technology and palatial appointments – a high-performance yacht akin to a floating six-star resort. ... [more]  

Growing affection for high-end luxury power boats boasting a noble and nostalgic design has inspired the new 54 Daybridge from award-winning boat-builder Belize Motoryachts. ... [more]  

These are some life’s great pleasures and ones you really do want to share. After all, if something has been finely crafted, it’s almost one’s duty to indulge others in the pleasures you’re partaking. Now ever since Aranui's significant keel was first laid down, this 40 footer has been a talking point and it was not long before Corsair Boats were on to building another Bass Straight Motor Yacht ... [more]  

Bristling with innovation, technology and time-honoured craftsmanship, Riviera’s new 515 SUV and 50 Enclosed Flybridge will make their West Australian premieres at the 2014 Mandurah Boat Show from October 10 to 12. ... [more]  

South Australian marinas and yacht clubs are planning a full day of predominantly free on-water and land based events on Sunday 12th October for people to experience the boating lifestyle first-hand and learn how easy it is to get involved. ... [more]  

Making its debut at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the BRIG Navigator 700 is 7-metres of versatility and durability, with room for 11 people in comfort – 12 in the twin engine version. ... [more]  

Marine Auctions at Runaway Bay hosted their first auction to welcome in Spring with a bevy of boats and marina berths up for purchase. ... [more]  

Digital is an important aspect of today's marketing mix and the marine industry has begun to embrace its importance. ... [more]  

Win an Electronic Device of Your Choice to the Value of $750 for Your Best Profit Idea. ... [more]  

John Crawford never dreamed a love of messing about on boats would lead to the creation of an empire. The Queensland boating identity has come a long way since his obsession for all things marine led him to set up a boatyard on the Wynnum Esplanade in 1964. ... [more]  

The operator of a Portsmouth-based barge has today been made to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of maritime legislation. Serco Ltd admitted an offence at Portsmouth Crown Court in relation to the health and safety of workers aboard the barge 1706, which is operated as part of a service contract with the Ministry of Defence. ... [more]  

You scratched my seagrass! by Steven Katona, Newport, RI
Sailors for the Sea publishes monthly articles that translate the language of marine science into fascinating articles about ocean health. ... [more]  

Join us on Boating Safety Day on 28 September by Roads and Maritime Services
Boating Safety Day is a free community event for the whole family. Join us across NSW on Sunday 28 September, between 10am and 2pm, enjoy a range of marine activities and learn about safe and responsible boating. ... [more]  

The closed waters area between Indian Head and Waddy Point at Fraser Island will re-open to the taking of finfish from midday Tuesday 30 September. Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district officer Geoff Fergusson said the closure was in place to protect finfish during their breeding cycle. ... [more]  

Lancer Industries Ltd returns to the Auckland On Water Boat Show after almost a decade away. It will mark several significant events for Lancer including new pricing, a Guinness World Record attempt and an Introduction to Sea Blade. The Lancer stand is located beside the ETNZ building. ... [more]  

Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters
Genoa International Boat Show 2014 responding to a changing market
New Zealand boating industry showing strong growth
Ten safe and clean refueling tips for boaters
Mercury heads field in ski racing’s World Championship selection
Abbot Point onshore disposal
New Zealand's largest on water boat show kicks off next Thursday
Auckland Water Boatshow: Practice session for Guinness World Record
Brisbane to host new boat show at Manly on Moreton Bay *Feature
2014 Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions crowned + video
Great Barrier Reef plan released for comment
Superior prepares for Monaco Yacht Show debut *Feature
Sharks more abundant on healthy coral reefs
RYA Advanced Powerboat Handbook unveiled at PSP Southampton Boat Show
Brisbane Boat Show - Opens with great attractions and innovations
Brisbane Boat Show begins *Feature
P&O and Princess Cruise Ships to continue operating into Abell Point
No more XCAT action in China this year, but landmark agreement signed
Yamaha major sponsor of 2014 Rip ‘n Ride 7
Superboat Champ: Maritimo well positioned as race series nears its end
Command Thrust outboards with Counter-Rotation find eager market   
Southport Yacht Club celebrates opening of 68th season *Feature   
Brisbane Boat Show starts Friday - biggest in 10 years! *Feature   
Marine Auctions adds new recruits   
Ministerial advisory group launched by united marine industry sector   
2014 Auckland on Water Boat Show: Coming up at the end of September   
Australian research sheds light on ocean garbage gyres *Feature   
Round the World racer joins Southern Pacific Inflatables   
2014 Gold Coast Int'l Marine Expo - Quintrex factory opens its doors   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Pons and Chris win the titles   
18 anti-piracy weapons for ships to fight pirates   
Skysol Frame Large: A new shading solution for sunroofs   
Mediterranean Grand Prix 2014 - Wins for Victory and Chaudron   
Mediterranean Grand Prix, UIM-ABP Tour: Pons claims Runabout GP1 win   
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi win race 1   
Court judgement a stark reminder about towing safety   
Australian Offshore Superboat 2014 - Superboats ready for Redcliffe   
Southport Yacht Club’s annual Sail Past and Blessing of Fleet Ceremony   
Gosport Grand Prix of the Sea finale to decide P1 champions   
Camper & Nicholsons Yachts presents the Sagitta 42   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT