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Gweek Quay Classic Boatyard

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Justin Sinclair’s role as a Marina and Boatyard Operative is to assist and support the Yard Manager in the day to day running of the boatyard. Justin is also responsible for the daily maintenance checks on the yard plant and tools as well as leasing with crane drivers and the office in planning the movements and lifting of customers boats.

Carrying out general yard duties as defined by the Yard Manager to ensure the safe and efficient running of the yard including cleaning of customers boats, preparing hulls for antifouling and to antifoul when ready to a high standard, chocking and laying up of vessels for winter, carrying out the necessary checks to the chocks during the lay up.

Since starting, Justin has had to quickly come to grips with a small working boat yard that prides itself on customer service and developing capability. The team is highly experienced, and Justin had the challenge of knowing little about the marine industry. He quickly familiarised himself with all the safety aspects and was signed off by the leadership team on allt he tasks he would be required to do. Justin quickly picked up boat handling and will be completing his RYA Powerboat Level 2 later this year. 

Justin has been released to complete his studies as an apprentice and has been carefully mentored by Drew Pilley. To widen Justin’s experience the yard organises for him to spend time with Andrew Cox Marine (amongst others) where he has learned a good preliminary knowledge of marine engines and has been able to trouble shoot on a regular basis. This has been very helpful during lock down when services were not available. 

During the Covid Lockdown Justin had already moved onto the yard with his partner Hannah and Husky dog Luna. Justin went beyond the call of duty of looking after the shielding residents living on houseboats on the yard, maintaining the security and condition of customers boats and looking after the yard while everyone was forced to be away. He took this on cheerfully and voluntarily and was regularly seen as the visible face of the yard during the hard-hitting lock down. Justin would support people happily and ensure that the yard and its residents remained safe. Quite an achievement for an apprentice!

As soon as lock down was relaxed, he jumped into his yard hand role ensuring we put the maximum amount of boats back into the water as quickly as possible. The workload for the small team over the period has been extensive and we are delighted with how well Justin has performed and still maintained his desire for learning. Justin is a success story as an apprentice, and we look forward to working with him further into the future. 

A huge debt of gratitude to Steve at Cornwall Marine Network in supporting Gweek Classic Boat Yard in their process of recruiting an apprentice and making this happen. Drew Pilley for his attention to detail and enthusiasm in mentoring Justin. A big vote of thanks to Justin in showing how an apprenticeship is done and becoming a vital member of the team at Gweek Classic Boatyard. 

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