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Simon has been involved in the sailmaking and marine Industry for 24 years. After his sailmaking apprenticeship in New Zealand he traveled to Hong Kong to further his sailing career. This lead him to work with the Neil Pryde group running the sailmaking business. Some year later he formed China Sail Factory one of the largest sail manufacturing facilities in the world today. On his return to NZ in 2000 worked with the Doyle sails NZ group for 11 years covering all aspects of the business.
In 2010 he was keen to get back into his own business and formed Beacon Marine Ltd with business partner Scott McLaren. The business covers a wide range of products and services such as Sails, Rigging, Electrical and Electronics. These key areas have given Beacon a broad range of abilities and have become a one-stop shop for many of the local marine projects.
Simon’s background in racing is still very visible and is now focused on the fast growing Beacon Sails brand. His design knowledge along with the technical experience means customers have sound advice and confidence they are getting a great product and reliable service.
With a passion for boats and water sports, being out on the water is one of Scott's favourite pastimes. After 10 years managing operations and engineering for a large NZ animal health company, Scott set up Beacon Marine with his business partner Simon Kidd.Scott has spent many years out on the water, sailing in the Stewart 34 series on Promise, racing in the Young 88s and with the Flying Fifteens on Explosiff. Scott enjoys time on the water with his wife Rachael and his 3 children. Having owned a Genesis 335, On-Line, and Back Chat, Elliott 10/50. He now owns Omega, Bakewell-White 42 which will be raced from both the BBYC in East Auckland and the NZ Yacht Squadron in Westhaven Marina, central Auckland.
Cam joined Beacon Marine after deciding that the marine industry had more going for it than the auto electrical industry. He brings with him a great knowledge of battery systems, servicing of alternators and starting systems. Fault finding and diagnosis of electronics is a specialty of his.
Adam also joined the marine industry from the auto electrical industry. He brings valuable electrical skills and also a great head for heights when it comes to changing mast wiring and helping in the rigging department.
In 2008/09 Ben took part in the Volvo ocean race as trimmer/helmsman, and competed in the Round North Island Two Handed twice. He project managed the build and sea trailing of Hugo Boss’s open 60 sails for the Barcelona world race.
Ben has been a sailmaker since 1999, and since then he has been actively sailing and sailmaking, being involved with many projects like Nicorette sailing team and Bols sport, as the sail coordinator and trimmer for both projects competing in most of the major ocean races like Fastnet and Sydney to Hobart.
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