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Movers and Shakers at Berthon

October 31, 2014

Over the past year Berthon has strengthened the Lymington Marina and Yacht Maintenance & Repair divisions of the business.  To go with this growth are new faces and the deployment of experienced managers from other parts of the business to strengthen the teams now in place.  Now that Autumn is here and thoughts turn to refitting and maintenance of yachts we thought it might be a good time to introduce you to some of the new and not so new movers and shakers at Berthon.

Simon Barnett

Simon Barnett - Berthon Boat Care Manager
Simon Barnett is a consummate professional and definitely the person to turn to when you want everything to be freshly cleaned, pressed and well turned out. He and his team will ensure that your yacht gleams from truck to keel throughout the yachting year.
Joining Berthon as Boat Care Manager in early 2014, Simon brought with him a wealth of experience having worked in the marine industry both in the UK and abroad for 15 years.  He has his RYA Coastal Skipper and Power Boat Level 2 certificates as well as an RNLI Atlantic 85 crew certificate for his local lifeboat but professes to hate cold water!
When asked to describe his job Simon said: “to not only meet but exceed our clients’ expectations whether that be interior yacht cleaning, wash downs or polishing’.
If you want to discuss anyyacht valetingwith Simon, please contact him direct at 01590 647 448. You never know he might help you with all those other problems you’ve been trying to sort out too!

James Hollingsworth

James Hollingsworth - Berthon Project Manager
James Hollingsworth is also one of our movers.  He spent 2 years working over in the Big Blue Sheds at Berthon honing his skills in the Project Office learning on everything from completed RIB rebuilds to large sailing yacht refits.  He is now one of our project managers in Yacht Maintenance and Repair. Prior to working at Berthon, James spent 5 years as a sailing instructor and earned a BEng (Hons) in Yacht Production and Surveying.
When asked to describe what he does on any given day he said: ‘whatever I am given to do, and more’.  James is tasked with managing the 80+ yachts that Berthon’s Sales Division have on site for sale at any one time and is you’re selling or buying from Berthon you will find that he is a wealth of knowledge and an indispensable part of the process. So if you would like to give James a project please visit him in the Yacht Maintenance and Refit department in our Marina Building. or 01590 647 407.

Dave Street

Dave Street - Marina Manager
Dave Street started with Berthon as an apprentice in 1972 with one day a week at technical college to achieve his City and Guilds qualifications. After his Berthon apprenticeship, Dave remained with the company working in all aspects of marine engineering from machining, welding and fabrication to installations, engine repairs & service and quickly progressing from charge hand to workshop supervisor.

After 5 years as foreman, he was invited to join the management team as an assistant and never looked back.  Over the years Dave continued to excel as a manager and then senior manager running the Yacht Maintenance and Repairs department. After 25 years in the front line he decided pass on the baton to Greg (see above) and move to the Dockmaster’s Office.

When asked about this move Dave said, “I see my new position as a vital link between the clients, many of whom I have known for years, and the Yacht Maintenance and Refit department helping to improve the service to our clients, existing and new”.
Dave’s main hobby is sailing, and with his Sadler 29 in Keyhaven he cruising the south coast and crossing the Channel with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.  He is a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and a very active member of the Keyhaven Yacht Club cruising section.
If you have any questions for Dave please pop into the Dockmasters’ Office or you can reach him at

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