G.I.Marine Ltd was formed by managing director Ian Walker in 1996.Ian has been in the Marine Industry for 30 years plus.
Ian commenced as a full time Marine Broker in February 1985 with Hauraki Yachts and Launches Ltd, after selling boats part time over the previous year due to other work commitments.
Boats have always been a great interest of Ian's having purchased his first yacht, a 9ft 6in clinker sailing dingy, from earnings as a Star/Herald delivery boy many years earlier.
A passionate boatie, Ian purchased “Seika”, a 42 ft Sparkman Stephens Sloop in survey in 1986. This followed the 1986 Two Handed North Island Race in his yacht, “Tailgunner”, a Whiting 29.
To further his Marine knowledge, he also gained the Commercial Launch Master Qualification; (CLM) in 1986.
In 1990 Ian contracted to Orams Marine Ltd as a broker, later becoming Manager/Broker of New Boat Sales and Manager/Broker of Marine Brokerage from the end of 1997.
Ian then commenced trading in his own right as G.I.Marine Ltd in 2004 operating from Pier 21, where his office was until 01 April. We have decided to have a mobile base after 10 years, business as usual, we will meet you where ever as required.
Paul Dawson, a Wellington resident and boat owner, joined us in December 2012, as central region Marine Broker for G.I.Marine Ltd.
Paul will look after our valued vendors and buyers from the lower North and Upper South Islands. He has an extensive business and sales background and is keen to make deals happen to the satisfaction of both parties.
Paul is also a passionate boat owner having owned a variety of vessels from small trailer boats to his current 42’ launch. As a result, he has a total understanding of the right boat for the right person.
The key to the success of G.I.Marine Ltd; has been due to the proven commitment of Ian Walker. This is a 24/7 vocation, we are only a phone call, text or email away, and welcome your enquiries.
"Our brokerage has continued to thrive as a result of a personal approach, excellent service and an in depth knowledge in an ever changing market”.
2.0 The role of the Broker in the purchasing process.
There are also many repeat sales with clients and friends over the years.
There is never a moment when you need to go looking for something to do, and as a Broker you sometimes feel there are just not enough minutes made in the day.
Boat sales, are only, just a part of Marine Brokerage. The initial inquiry by phone, email or referral is just the beginning of an often long series of events that, with good Broker support, will hopefully culminate in a purchase.
These events range from collating the extensive information and data that often is required by a purchaser, to ensuring that a particular vessel would be suitable to meet the purchasers’ expectations and needs.
It is important to us as Brokers, for you, the purchaser, to put all your your cards on the table. What your boating situation is at present, do you own a boat, do you wish to trade your boat on another boat you may be interested in? When will you be in a position to purchase another boat? Do you require Marine Finance? These questions, followed, by your particular expectations in your next boat.
It is also important to make full disclosure of all the facts passed on to us by a vendor. This to ensure, as much as possible, that there is the minimum amount of “surprises” as the process continues with conditions of purchase being ticked off.
Naturally purchasers have become more cautious as the years gone by. As a result our check list prior to making an offer is more extensive, as we live in a very accountable world today.
3.0 The Selling Process
It is very important that all aspects relating to the condition of the vessel are clearly explained to the Broker. With older vessels, it is recommended that a current engineer's report is obtained, likewise a pre-purchase inspection report from a shipwright as to the integrity of the hull. These reports are critical in assisting a potential purchaser to make an informed decision.
4.0 Our Mission Statement
We are passionate about listing and selling boats, through to the happy occasion culminating with the 'hand over'. We go the extra distance.
There are numerous occasions where the broker is in effect, a 'Project Manager'. They assure that the items requiring attention as noted in the survey, agreed between the purchaser and vendor, as to liability. This includes the financial control and payment of contractor's invoices, settling any justified debt brought to our attention. This is managed via our Trust Account.
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