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 going on 16 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.

Susan McNeill

Bookkeeper. Born and raised in Ontario.

Hi, my name is Susan. My favourite subject in school was math. My entire career has always involved math in some form or another. From tallying up car insurance premiums with a calculator to using online accounting programs. I have enjoyed every major change in the way record keeping has evolved over the years.  I was proud to validate all my years of accounting experience and studying new trends when I became certified in 2013 by the Institute of Professional bookkeepers of Canada.

I moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1990 and recently returned from a 4 year adventure in California. I am happy to be back and serving customers to the best of my ability. On my free time, you will probably find me visiting family and friends, cooking, taking photographs, or making crafts.

Terence McMahon

Shop Foreman. Raised in the Cowichan Valley.

Hi, my name is Terence and 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.

Tom

Parts Guy. Born and raised in Queensland, Australia.

Hey, I’m Tom. I have been working and playing on boats since I was 16. Living aboard my father’s yacht since an early age gave me a strong interest in anything that floats on water. Most of my sea time was experienced in Australian waters. However, fishing the 2016 Salmon Run on Vancouver Island was enough for me to return to call Vancouver Island home.

I will now be working closely with Dean and the team to assist in providing you, the customer, with quality parts and service for your vessel.

Lucas Richards

Journeyman. Born and raised in Bamfield, BC.

Hi, my name is Lucas. Growing up on a float-house allowed me to experience the majestic west coast. I was immersed in boating from a young age, as it was my main source of transportation. I remember being 8 year old when I first became fascinated with the way engines worked; which 12 years later led me to pursue a career in Marine Mechanics from VIU. I did my apprenticeship at Breakers Marine, where I obtained my Suzuki certification. After completing my apprenticeship in Bamfield, I moved to the Cowichan Valley to further my experience in the field. On my spare time, I enjoy working on small engines and automotive projects. I am excited to learn more about Mercury engines and increase my knowledge by becoming Mercury certified.

Chase Manhas

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley.

Hi, my name is Chase. 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

Harley just had his 10th Birthday!

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)