Dean Hankins

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. Dean Has been in the marine trade for 35 years. Starting out in Cowichan Bay. Over the years he has worked in Vancouver, Port Alberni and Parksville. Then he started his own home based business in 1999. After 13 yrs at home we expanded & moved to our current location. Taking on 4 mechanics and a mercury dealership.

You will find Dean wherever he is needed during the day. He may be helping the boys, busy at his desk doing estimates, sourcing parts, troubleshooting jobs, finding answers to the never ending supply of questions. Dean is always happy to answer questions and give his well acquired advice.

Karen Hankins

Office manager. Raised in the Cowichan Valley.

You will find me most days in the office answering phones, booking in customers, ordering parts or god knows what. But don’t ask me mechanical questions, at that point I will be more than happy to get one of our qualified mechanics to get all your questions answered and your concerns addressed. Then I will be happy to get your repairs booked in.

Dean and I have known each other since we were children and have been together 14 years, he never hesitates to teach me more about the business if he could he would have a wrench in my hand most days.

I think we have a great team here and welcome you to come in and get to know us.

Nicholle Duce

Office Assistant / Parts Person.

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley.

I have worked at Deans Marine Ltd alongside my Mum and Step-Dad part time for years, and in 2016 I joined them full time. If you need parts looked up, I’m your girl. Although I am just learning I will do my best to help you, and anything I can’t find I have no problem asking one of the mechanics or even pestering Dean with “boat loads” of questions to help you out.

In my spare time I enjoy working on my photography business and finding new places to get that perfect shot. I also love getting out kayaking and boating and am always on the elusive hunt for J-pod around our island.

Terence McMahon

Qualified Journeyman. Raised in the Cowichan Valley.

Hi, my name is Terence and I am a fourth year apprentice. I have always had an interest in mechanics since I was a kid. My family has always maintained their own Vehicles, which is where my learning and tinkering started.

I began my trade in 2011 attending VIU. I also have experience in construction and even though Marine Mechanics is my career, I still enjoy getting out and seeing what I can build. In my free time, I keep myself busy doing online courses, working towards getting my mercury certification. Also, taking the time to talk to our customers, answering questions and getting to know you all makes me enjoy my job even more.

Chase Manhas


Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley.

Hi, my name is Chase and I am a first year apprentice. Before my interests in the marine industry I was fixing your wheels as an automotive mechanic in Cobble hill. Being born as a mechanics son I’ve learned to pull wrenches at a very young age and always continued to learn more over the years. I might not be under the hood of a car as much anymore, but more likely upside down in a boat, or stretching my arms trying to start a kicker. When i’m not at work, you can find me taking online courses working towards my mercury certification or i’m spending time with family members and working on my many projects.

Richard Luxon


Born and raised in Yellowknife.

Hi, my name is Richard. I started my career fixing everything from weed wackers to forklifts in 2006. As soon as I started, I knew I was hooked. In 2008 I moved to another company and was working towards my Outdoor Power Equipment Certification specializing in the BRP line up.

After moving to the beautiful Cowichan Valley, I decided to change Marine Maintenance.

Usually on my time off you will see me with my family or SCUBA diving in the area. I enjoy talking with people about almost anything so if you see me around, I’m more than willing to chat.


Harley is our 7 yr old sharpee greeting committee.

He will happily great everyone with his very grumbly disposition (which he comes by honestly) but if you ignore him he really is harmless.

If you have a cookie in your pocket you will be friends for sure. (Today anyways)