Keeping You On The Water

DAVE GRIFFIN

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ADVISOR AND SHIPWRIGHT

Dave Griffin is a third generation shipwright and qualified marine surveyor. Boats and boat building are in Dave’s blood.

He’s travelled all over the globe with his job… and recently he’s come full circle and is back to where he started… constructing boats on the shores of Pittwater.

These days, of course, it’s not building from scratch but rather putting together our Hanse, Moody and Dehler yachts once they arrive here from Germany.

He’s still travelling as well.

The Windcraft Group often send Dave interstate to work with local labour and oversee the assembly of our larger yachts.

Dave’s also still playing on Pittwater – racing his Adams 10 in the twilights and social sailing at the RMYC on Pittwater with his partner Rosemary.

More about Dave and the Griffin shipwright family here.

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Club Marine Review

The factory that David Griffin’s father, John owned in Mona Vale is no more, the space replaced by a storage centre and an Officeworks outlet.

Perhaps that’s a comment on the times and how things have turned out for Australia’s once thriving yacht-building industry.

Our country is not alone in this – you only have to look at the car manufacturing industry to see the effects of globalisation;

the benefits may be great for the consumer, but it doesn’t foster local craft trades.

David Griffin knows the story all too well. These days, much of his work involves commissioning brands like the German Hanse, Moody and Dehler yachts for their importer Team Windcraft, headquartered on Sydney’s Pittwater.

The day I met him, he was undertaking final checks on an all-new Moody 54, a pilothouse luxury motorsailer built in Germany to a British design and Australian specifications.

Read the Full Article Here

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Then, as on-water property grew in value, Dave’s family sold the boat yard at the Quays and bought a factory in Mona Vale.

These were busy days… the company employed 30 tradesmen custom building timber yachts and cruisers from 30 to 65 feet.

After leaving Pittwater High School Dave did a 6 year apprenticeship with his dad and grandfather. Then the travel bug bit and he headed overseas to work with Camper and Nicholson in Southampton… (these are yacht builders to the Royal family).

For 6 months Dave worked on the rebuilding of 120ft timber J class yacht Shamrock – a fabulous project to be involved with.

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When he headed home to Australia Dave set up on his own building custom made timber boats from 26-50ft.

The yachts were designed by his father and also Rodger Martin and Laurie Davidson.

When it became too costly to build timber boats, Dave spent 3-4 years doing patterns and molds for production companies including Northshore yachts, Mariner Cruisers and Sonata yachts.

In 1999 he went to Malaysia to build cruising and racing yachts and custom boats and then on to Borneo to set up the industry needed to build crew boats in composite fibreglass for oil and gas rigs.

And in 2003 he project managed the building of 5 pilot boats for the Johore port authority before heading back to Australia once more to build high speed pleasure boats.

The GFC ended that!

And now Dave’s come full circle and he’s back building boats on Pittwater. These days, of course, it’s not building from scratch but rather putting together our Hanse, Moody and Dehler yachts once they arrive here from Germany.

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Team Windcraft often send Dave interstate to work with local labour and oversee the assembly of our larger yachts.

Dave’s also still playing on Pittwater – racing his Adams 10 in the twilights and social sailing at the RMYC on Pittwater with his partner Rosemary.

I asked Dave if he enjoys being Team Windcraft’s shipwright,

“I like the values here” he smiled…

“I like the fact that things are done properly. When Peter or Allan ask me for advice I always say well… if it was my boat I’d do it this way.”

“And there’s never any question. They take my advice and do the job right. Team Windcraft have great integrity. They do the right thing by the customer.”

We feel very privileged to have a shipwright of Dave’s calibre on the team. It’s good for us to know that your boat is in such experienced hands.