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Gavin Stichbury - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Gavin Stitchbury - Picton

After three years in the Navy as a marine engineer Gavin left New Zealand to go sailing around the Pacific and Australia for a year.

On returning to New Zealand Gavin went back to marine school and obtained his Commercial Launch Master's ticket and made a living driving water taxis, ferries, tugs and delivering various vessels around New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

After more study and obtaining his New Zealand Offshore Master's qualification, Gavin spent a period teaching Commercial Launch Masters and Coastal Masters at Maritime School before returning to delivering boats again. This took Gavin to the Caribbean, South and Central America and on to the USA and Canada. On returning to New Zealand Gavin and his partner Sarah worked as tender drivers for the super yacht fleet at the America's Cup In Auckland.

A chance meeting with the owner of a 90' Ron Holland yacht who was looking for a skipper and cook to sail himself and his guests through the Pacific to Hawaii was the opportunity for Gavin and Sarah to get into the white boat industry. This led to deliveries to Asia and on to the Mediterranean where, for three years, Gavin was fortunate to skipper yachts including a classic 72' Herreshoff schooner, a 70' Swan and a number of large motor vessels.

Returning again to New Zealand, Gavin and Sarah were involved with the last America's Cup in Auckland before returning to Picton to start a family and enjoy the Marlborough lifestyle. Being a broker for the last six years with Vining Shipbrokers has given Gavin the pleasure of meeting both experienced and novice boat owners. Whether buying, selling or just making an enquiry Gavin is happy to discuss your requirements.

— Call Gavin on 0272 757 716

Pip Strack - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Pip Strack - Picton

Pip has a lifetime of boating experience, starting at a young age he sailed a P Class moving through to the Cherub later on. From there Pip moved into Keeler Sailing, he occasionally purchased yachts in Auckland taking them south to Banks Peninsula for renovation and refurbishment before cruising to the Pacific Islands for some rest and relaxation.

Pip completed an Auckland to Suva race followed by a position skippering a 50ft yacht from Lyttelton to Tahiti.

Pip moved to Picton 12 years ago together with his wife Jill and their two sons. Prior to joining Vining Shipbrokers he was working as a boat builder at Jorgensen's Boatyard working mainly on traditional timber vessels.

Living in the Sounds prompted Pip to change from yachts to launches including a 47ft Charter Launch.

Pip is happy to use his experience with different types of boats to help clients find the boat best suited to their needs.

— Call Pip on 0272 744 886

Hamish Clark - Marine Broker, Picton Based

Hamish Clark

Hamish grew up sailing out of the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club. He first represented New Zealand at just 12 years of age sailing an optimist. Hamish followed that up, representing New Zealand every year to the age of 16 before switching to starling class and placing 4th at the National Championship in New Plymouth. During this time, he was also captain of the Marlborough Boys College sailing team.

 After the completion of high school, Hamish moved to Palmerston North where he gained his pilots license with Massey University. Hamish returned to Marlborough to engage in the Mussel industry, working his way from junior deckhand to deck-boss within 6 months.

Now, seeking a more stable position in the boating world, Hamish has turned to Marine Brokerage to build long and lasting relationships with boaties and yachties of all backgrounds.

Be it buying, selling or you just need a hand with your boat, Hamish is keen to help.

— Call Hamish on 022 046 8979


Rob Greenwood - Marine Broker, Nelson

Rob Greenwood, owner of the Nelson franchise of Vining Marine in Nelson, has been facilitating boat sales nationwide and internationally for over 10 years.

Reflecting his passion for boats, Rob has extensive and wide ranging boating experience. A qualified Yachting New Zealand keelboat instructor, a commercially endorsed RYA and Coastguard Boating Education instructor and examiner, Rob also holds a New Zealand Commercial Launch Masters qualification and a RYA Off Shore Yachtmaster commercially endorsed.

A past Rear Commodore of both the Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club the Nelson Yacht Club, and the Tasman Bay Cruising Club.

Rob has owned several sailing boats over his boating life, besides owning a 58ft motor launch which was in charter around the top of the South Island, he presently races his yacht a J 124 “Wild Blue” in around the buoys as well as participating in offshore events.

Skipper of both his own yacht and for other owners in ocean races to the Pacific Islands he has raced in the grueling two-man race around the North Island. As well as delivering launches and yachts up and down the New Zealand coastline, Rob has skippered international delivery trips from Asia and the Caribbean.

With his passion for all boating, Rob can provide a knowledgeable service to people thinking of buying or selling any sort of vessel and he looks forward to meeting you and discussing your boating needs.

- Call Rob on 0272 245 172 

Steve Raea - Marine Broker, Auckland Based

Steve Raea

Steve's association with the sea and boats charts back to his childhood racing dinghies in Auckland followed by a circumnavigation in the family yacht.

A journalist by profession, Steve has gone on to complete many trans-ocean passages amassing 70,000 offshore miles in racing and cruising yachts.

Steve holds a Yachting NZ Cruising Award for Outstanding Services to Yachting and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge equipping and preparing yachts for cruising and racing. He currently lives aboard his own yacht with his partner Cherie in Auckland.

— Call Steve on 021 560 436

Rob White - Marine Broker, Northland & Whangarei

Rob’s been sailing and around boats since he was 8 years old and has owned and skippered yachts since the age of 15. His passion is boating and has extensive knowledge about most makes and models of boats around the world.

His sailing history includes a number of trips up and down the South African coast, delivery from Fiji to Auckland, competing in the Agulhas Race (Similar to Sydney Hobart), winning a number of yacht racing series both in Auckland and South Africa and numerous Coastal Classics.


He has also served in the South African Navy as second navigation officer on a Frigate, officer in charge of a harbour patrol boat and running a diving unit. Yachts he has owned include Young 88, Noelex 30, Ross 780, Wagstaff 30, Whiting 40, Young 11 and his latest yacht is a Beale 33.

-Call Rob on 027 332 2535

Duncan Mortlock - Marine Broker, Northland & Whangarei

Duncan has enjoyed a varied career starting as an electronics engineer in the UK Ministry of Defence, Medical Physics in a large London Hospital to leading sales teams around the world on large complex deals with global companies. However, in 2019 Duncan followed his wife to New Zealand to experience something other than late nights, airport hotels and a different country every day.


Before leaving the UK Duncan was a Ranger on 200 miles of inland waterways in Norfolk where he ensured the safety of the thousands of holiday makers, protected the wildlife and habitat, and ensured the waterways remained navigable with a launch, blue light, and speed gun. On arriving in New Zealand Duncan became a Coastguard Volunteer in Hawke’s Bay, helming Celia Knowles, 11 tonnes and 1,000hp of Jet Boat. Now in Whangarei, Duncan continues to be a Coastguard Rescue Crew member on Circa, a 500hp outboard Naiad rescue Vessel.


Duncan learnt to sail on the challenging Norfolk Broads some 15 years ago before earning a skippers licence and progressing onto larger sailing vessels, longer passages, yacht deliveries and RYA Yachtmaster. Duncan is now the proud owner of a 44-foot, Bluewater sailing yacht, bought with the help of Vinings Marine.

-Call Duncan on 021 067 0099

Peter Rosoman- Marine Broker, Opua

Pete has been boating and fishing around the North since he was 8 years old. That was 70 years ago.

When he and “Jan” The Boss married in 1971 and moved North to live the dream he was the youngest Charter boat owner/operator in the B O I.

35 years at sea as an owner/operator along with a further 8 years commercially fishing the 3 Kings on his 40ft steel boat the “Gabriel” offers you reliable and solid experience.

Pete holds a Coastal Masters Ticket, a RLL Ticket and a Diesel Engineers ticket 2nd Class.

Over the years he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the boating world which he enjoys passing on to others.

Working from OPUA Office Pete will be concentrating on the Launch and Commercial boat side of the brokerage. But of course if you want to learn how to rig up a skip or swimming bait, run lures, set up your Game Fishing gear, or purchase a boat for fishing and cruising he can help you there as well.

— Call Pete on 021 293 7769

David Vincent - Marine Broker, Opua

Hamish Clark

David has been actively fishing since the age of 10 around the Stillwater estuaries on the Hibiscus Coast and bought his first boat at 14, relying on his brother to tow and launch at the local Stillwater ramp. He relocated his family to Opua some 20 years ago to optimise his love of fishing and diving, allowing his young family to grow up in a rural and marine environment that’s hard to beat.

Some 15 boats later his passion for all things marine has been made all the more pleasurable cruising on his Wavecrusher Sportfisher in the Bay of Islands.

David has a commercial background and holds an inshore skipper ticket and is based in Opua with an interest in the high speed cruiser and Sport Fisher market.


021 0271 1365

Jo Lowrey - Marine Broker,  Canterbury

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Joanna started her boating journey on Otago harbour working aboard “Southern Spirit” a 60ft ketch before moving overseas and racing Hobie 16s and Keel boats in Papua New Guinea. She moved through trailer yachts, offshore racing, twilight racing out of Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney and Hamilton Island Race Week 1996 before settling back to racing around the cans on a Young 88 out of Naval Point Yacht, Lyttelton, Mud House Wines Woman’s Regatta, PIC Coastal Classic on Lion NZ and cruising her Cavalier 39 back in NZ.

As a qualified chef she’s has worked in a variety of marine vessels from luxury yachts in Fiji to deep-sea fishing vessels being delivered back to NZ from Fiji, Mauritius and Hobart.

Together with her husband and teenage kids she’s an active member of the Canterbury yachting scene and, in particular has been instrumental in engaging youth with opportunities to experience keelboat racing and adventures. Each year she works with local clubs and the wider sailing community to take Southern Youth to Auckland to experience adventures with the NZ sailing Trust aboard Steinlager2 and Lion NZ.

Joanna has completed many off-shore miles and coastal deliveries and last year spent a few weeks in L.A sailing on “Maiden” in her journey to raise awareness for women’s sailing. She’s a qualified coastal skipper working towards her Ocean Masters and is passionate about all things boating. Working on her own boat has given her a full appreciation of what elements contribute for a safe and comfortable life aboard and she’d love to help you transition into a vessel that fits your dreams… or help you find the next owner of the boat you’re passing on.

— Call Jo on 027 891 0014

Ian Michel - Managing Director (Picton Based)

Ian Michel - Admin Manager (Picton Based)

Dec 2021 - Ian Has spent the last twelve years as part owner then outright owner of Vining Marine, Ian has overseen the expansion of the business into Nelson. Westhaven, Whangarei and Northland and has a number of Brokers working in other centres around New Zealand.

Over the two years Ian has licenced off the Westhaven Office to Steve Raea and the Nelson Office to Robert Greenwood and Whangarei and Northland to Rob White, and they are experienced Marine Brokers, and while these four areas are now independently owned and operated, they are still part of the wider Vining Marine Group.

Ian enjoys yacht racing aboard 'Astruso' and mucking about in the garden with his Rhodo's, Roses, Azelas and a whole host of other plants he doesn't know the names of!!

He is known to enjoy a quiet rum or three when the occasion demands it!

— Call Ian on 0272 467 531