"Hi James and Jim at Port River Marine.
Thanks again to you and the team at PRMS in Largs North on the whole boat purchasing process recently. Your service through the whole process of buying our first boat, carrying out extensive repairs and upgrades to our 40 Foot Gulf Craft and then handover and commissioning was absolutely fantastic. Your safety advice and taking us out on the water to learn how the boat operates from the ground up after the upgrades was much appreciated.
Your honest and down to earth advice on all things marine backed up by the ability to get major boat refurbishment works done in quick time was spot on. The trip to Melbourne by James to ensure we landed the boat safely was beyond what you could possibly hope for and much appreciated by myself and the family.
Since the delivery of the boat we have enjoyed numerous days on the water, and whenever yourself or Jim are in town please ring me for a day on the water.
Thanks again guys."
Couldn't be happier
"I’d just like to say thanks heaps to all the staff at PRMS on a job well done. Jim said from the start of the job it will go faster, use less fuel and no longer need to use all the trim.
Well the trip back to Lincoln was calm but tests so far give an extra 2 knots maximum revs with more weight on board or for the same cruise speed as before of 25 knots show on instruments 25 to 30 litres an hour fuel savings!!
It rides flatter as it no longer drags its a***, carries more weight and fishes an extra 3 or 4 people with room to add a huge cool box in the middle of the deck so I couldn’t be happier, guys. Thanks so much."
“School's Out sustained major damage when "t-boned" during a Twilight Race on 24 Jan. The other boat missed our sewerage holding tank by 10cm - phew! Boat was out of repairs after the Australia Day Weekend. A huge thanks to Jim Theodore and his professional team at Port River Marine for getting School's Out ready for the race track this weekend. Impossible some said! The boys worked overtime in 40 degrees heat this week to get us back in business. And the end product is absolutely brilliant!”
Sale within a week
Hi James. Thank you for the way you handled the sale of my Alaska 45. I thought you showed exceptional professionalism in the way you sourced a buyer and expeditiosly arranged the sale within a week of my initial contact , a truely remarkable performance. Cheers. Alan Cotton.
Passion and Enthusiasm
I have been meaning to get back to you since we settled on my new purchase, my Hanse 342, and as you can imagine, it has taken a lot of my focus since I have taken possession of it.
I am extremely happy with the choice of boat and it’s well maintained overall condition, a credit to John, the previous owner.
The intention of this email is to thank you again for having being very involved throughout the whole process, from the very first inspection, helping with the survey and finally settlement. You have made the experience smooth and flawless and for a young man like yourself, I was most impressed with the level of knowledge and experience you possess, this is seldom found in people of similar age.
You have passion and enthusiasm, traits that are not only essential for running a successful business like Port River Marine Services but also traits like this reward you with a higher degree of satisfaction if the job is well done. This is usually only experienced by people that are organized and efficient like yourself.
Thank you also for the tour of your boat yard at Largs North. I was amazed with the incredible facilities and range of services on offer, from little boat related maintenance to a complete boat built from scratch and your massive high capacity boat lift.
It’s good to know my boat will receive the necessary attention whenever the time comes for it to be antifouled, polished or for any parts and repairs that at some stage may be required.
I look forward to dealing with you again in the future.
“How good the boat looks, you guys have done an excellent job on it and I thank you greatly for that”
I purchased a Takacat 260LX about 6 months ago from Port River Marine Services Adelaide. Great service and they shipped it out to me whilst in Kununarra WA.
PERFECT is the right word to use
"Hi Jim Theodore
Port River Marine,
Just to fill you in on the results of altering the chines and spray rails on the Aqua Jewel. We have had 2 months of constant fishing to test the boat in all kinds of weather. Port Mac Donnell seas are the roughest in Australia so are tested every day. Results were perfect, virtually no spray on the windows in all conditions, at all speeds, slow to fast.
The water hitting the chines is pushed down and away from the boat.
The slight adjustment you made to the chines is perfect, sorry I cannot help it PERFECT is the right word to use. When moored in open water (camping out) there is no slapping noise from the chines so sleeping is great. As you know Aqua Jewel was built especially strong and therefore heavier than other boats but the performance is superb.
The finished boat looked like brand new.
Thank you for a 100% professional job."
"Over the last 18 months I have had many dealings with Port River Marine, from the initial purchase of my 36 foot cruiser (from Port River Marine), along with the extensive repair work carried out, to its final launching earlier this year. During all my dealings I have found them to be a very professional operation providing greatly needed assistance to what was a first ever project undertaken by me.
Quality of work provided was always extremely high and whilst the pricing sometimes also appeared high (coming from someone who had no real knowledge), I was however, always confident the work would be done well.
External contactors referred by Port River Marine, when they were unable to do the actual work was also very good in particular the electrican who completely rewired the whole boat.
I am now very happy with the end result, enjoying the boat along with experiencing a continued friendship with both James and Jim Theodore."
Nothing ever hard
Quick note to say how great my boat looks after you guys gave her a wax and polish, looks like a new one and water beads off so well. top job.
Also the reason we use you guys is that nothing is every hard. no frowns, complaining etc always positive and can do attitude. This is what a good business does.
Thanks again James and to Jim who is a magnificent man.
Cannot be more impressed
I recently purchased a Theodore 720 Coastal from James at Theodore Marine and I can not be more impressed.
From the initial customer service along with the ongoing service, the guys have been great. The pride in which they display in their boats is second to none.
They were more than happy to take me through their workshop and show me the stages of a Theodore boat build, reinforcing how well these boats are built.
This is by far the best fishing boat I have purchased!
My boat is fitted with a 260hp Supercharged Volvo Penta and its performance is mind blowing.
With a top speed of 41knots with a comfortable cruising speed of 28-30 knots. The ride is extremely smooth and responsive and feels extremely strong, safe, and stable all of which you want in a boat. Added to this is the boats ability to punch through the waves without having to touch the throttle. A demonstration of how safe you feel in this vessel, on our first trip, we ended up half way to Port Lincoln from Port Victoria, a 200km round trip. A day spent on the water is an absolute pleasure.
Coming from a Boston Whaler Conquest 255 with twin outboards, I am happy to state the Theodore is a much more manageable boat with more fishing room, and much better on fuel. Although the Theodore is approximately 1m shorter in length, I don’t feel I am I smaller boat. Great boat would recommend to anybody with no hesitation.
“Boat looked great”
Thanks Port River Marine, very much appreciate the excellent service.
Years of experience
"Kinetic Energy and Runaway both underwent refits next to each other late last year in the yard at Port River Marine Services at Largs North. The rigs came out off both yachts so standing rigging, mast wiring, wind gear and halyards could all be replaced and for Runaway it was also time for the Tides track to be fitted in the mast track, this addition coming into its own once the yacht was to reach the sail change capital of the world… the Doldrums.
Runaway took up position in the keel pit with rudder removed leaving the waterline at chest height and thus the deck was at a realistically safe height without the deck gear removal team needing oxygen masks and altitude training, PRMS are the only yard in Adelaide where a deep drafted yacht can be worked on in a safe and efficient manner such as this. For Kinetic it was a different story she was bound for one of the Theodore's many sheds, the boat was lifted in the 70 tonne shiplift, the bottom gernied, keel nuts removed, fingers crossed and the keel which was fitted 11 years ago ( I had to settle the Southern Light re wiring account!) Slipped out, the boat was set up on a low trolley and backed into the shed, the gunwale just above eye level, another nice safe work height for her 30 year refit. All this took about 4 hours as we under took the work in a yard that had the gear and the operators with years of experience.
As the refits progressed, small unforeseen tasks came up but were all dealt with easily because of the surrounding resources and knowledge. 24 hour access to the authorized refit team members meant that never an idle moment was spent at home! The Theodores support of the Runaway campaign ‘just because it’s good to see people getting involved with projects and a bit of adventure in boats, that’s what it’s all about’ has to be admired and shows there is more to Port River Marine Services than just a well-appointed and well maintained yard. December brought the relaunch of both sparkling vessels and well, the rest is history.
Attention to detail
"We have used Port River Marine over the last 13 years for the maintenance of our Salthouse, Serenity. Over the years we have been impressed with their quality of work, and attention to detail.
I would not hesitate to recommend Jim, James and the Team"
First class work
“I’m relieved to see the final account didn’t contain any surprises!
In terms of the work, I’m delighted with what you blokes have done – it’s all first class work. In fact I’m disappointed that I’m on the other side of the country and can’t be there to pick it up and see it in all its glory. I’ll have to be patient. The bottom line is that Buzz is now in better shape than it’s ever been in, in the 30 plus years that we’ve had it. I’m really excited about that and thank you and the boys for the great work done on it.
It remains my ambition to finish the job properly with a new paint job and we’ll get back to you on that when there are some dollars back in the piggy bank again.
And thank you for being great to deal with and for the time and care you’ve taken. Let’s get you up on the river sometime soon and show you a little ‘inland boating’ fun.”
“As mentioned we are really happy with the way the boat is performing since the re-build, very frim and responsive to drive.”
We’ve had a good business relationship with Jim and James Theodore of Port River Marine over many years.
When it came time to sell our Hanse 34 this year, James was the obvious choice as Broker. We listed it with him and within 10 days had a contract in our hands! James understands the market and discussed realistically what we could hope to achieve in terms of dollars. He was absolutely “spot on”!
James has been around boats his entire life and understands what potential buyers are looking for. He proactively works to match the buyer to a boat offered for sale unlike some agents, who put a photo in their window and wait for a buyer to happen along.
The contract was straight forward, no hidden extras and the listing and advertising prompt and concise with excellent description and photos.
We recommend James to anyone looking to buy or sell a yacht or power boat.
John Phillips and Annette Rogers
We would like to thank James for making the sale of our Yacht so easy. He presented us with a clear sale strategy at the start of the process at executed it perfectly.
He handled everything from pre-sale maintenance right through to the final documentation. He found the serious buyers quickly and got us the agreed price within a short timeframe.
We would certainly recommend Port River Marine to anyone serious about selling a boat.
Richard and Tanya Jacka
Thanks for a great experience.
Your facility is clean well run and efficient. Your whole crew are very helpful and friendly.
To get rig out , boat lifted, all onto truck and on the road in under 3 hours is great. The same goes for the previous visit. Rig in and bottom antifoul in just under a day is great. Thanks so much.