November 1, 2019
This month we introduce our Electronics Manager, Jim Catterall, who is running all our marine electrical and electronics work. Jim has been in the marine industry for over 20 years, his speciality being marine electrics and electronics with extensive experience in electrical installations. He brings strong knowledge to Berthon and is comfortable with an extensive array of marine and electro-marine systems, along with all peripheral equipment, fault finding and software maintenance. Jim has done everything from designing complete re-wires to extremely complex troubleshooting. He has installed countless systems across many different yachts from Raymarine, B&G, Simrad, Garmin, Maxsea, Furuno and many more.
“I started working on sailboats in the Lake District, and I after completing a repair for a customer, he asked me to help him with repairs on his other yacht: fortunately for me, it was in the Caribbean and it lead to 6 months’ of blue water sailing. To cut a long story short, we made a stop in Trinidad for some refit work, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay and work for a company on the island as their head electrical technician.”
In 2007, Jim started his own successful marine electrical company and built a large client base looking after onboard electrical and electronic systems.
“In 2016, my wife and I reluctantly decided that increasing levels of crime made Trinidad too risky for our family, so we made the decision to move our business to Tortola BVI. Everything was going great until Hurricane Irma, which destroyed the island and our business with it. We were forced to make the difficult choice to return to the UK.”
Jim secured a job at Raymarine becoming a Product Manager, but after a year concluded that the corporate life was not for him and that he wanted to get back to what he loved the most, working on yachts with owners.
Berthon embraces a consultative approach with the yacht owner, assessing and discussing the benefits and disadvantages of repair existing versus replacement with new. Our experienced project managers ensure that work is carried out in a timely and accurate manner whether as stand-alone electronics project or as part of wider refit project.
With our team of eleven electrical and electronic technicians, many of whom were trained in-house in our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, Berthon is also able to undertake minor electrical jobs including re-wiring, switch and light replacement, conversion to LED, charger and inverter installation, and all electrical repair work that your yacht or motorboat may require.
For more information about upgrading your yacht’s electronics please visit our marine electronics page or contact our electronics manager Jim Catterall.