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Port Solent Marinas Long-Standing Tenants!


With Premier celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, we are reflecting on some of our tenants that have been with us since the start. This month we are looking at Marine Electronic Installations who have been at the marina since 1993 and Goodacre Boat Repairs and Refits who are also long serving tenants of Port Solent Marina having been with us since 1996, the year after Premier Marinas took over the site.

Marine Electronic Installations Ltd (MEI) is a well-established family run business in Port Solent specialising in Custom Electronic Installations on board Yachts and Powerboats. Jim Staig MEI’s MD had already been in the Merchant Navy, worked for a Marine Electronics manufacturer and worked for another installation company before setting up MEI Ltd in 1992. Jim was joined in 1993 by Andrew his stepson who is now their Chief Installer, and Stephanie his stepdaughter joined him in 2006 in running the office. Natalia is also in the office, she has been with MEI for a number of years preparing quotes, dealing with administration and handling enquiries.

MEI prides itself on excellent customer service, going above and beyond expectations which is reflected by the loyalty of their customers; one example of this was a recent installation for a long-standing customer who is sailing in the Caribbean. He flew Andrew out to carry out a full Furuno installation on their boat as they did not wish to have anyone else do the work - such is the superb service offered by the team.

MEI also carry out installations for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets on their vessels John Jerwood, Jack Petchey and their flag ship TS Royalist, and they are part of the restoration team working on classic Yacht ‘Our Lizzie’ at the IBTC in Lowestoft. Our Lizzie appeared in several films and in every episode of BBC Television’s ‘The Onedin Line’.  She was also more dramatically one of the Dunkirk Little Ships’ playing her part in the evacuation of British Service Men during WWII.

MEI is also happy to carry out smaller installations and attend vessels to investigate faults or provide training on existing electronics. They are Authorised and Qualified Dealers and Installers for many manufacturers including Raymarine, Simrad, Furuno, B&G, Garmin, Icom and KVH among many others meaning they can sign off full on board warranties where applicable.

Jim Staig MD says ‘I am so pleased we chose our base to be Premier Port Solent due to the fantastic facilities and great people. We look forward to another 25 years!’

Goodacre Boat Repairs and Refits (GBR) were established in 1989 and have been tenants at Port Solent Marina since 1996. In this time the family run business has established themselves as one of the premier exponents of the marine repair, refit/service industry.

The team at Goodacre have extensive experience in GRP, wood and other types of construction materials with their high quality workmanship also covering gelcoat scratches, spraying, osmosis treatments and major repairs and refits at a competitive price. Such is the skill of the team that they are widely approved by major insurance companies and they are also approved Awlgrip paint systems applicators, as well as approved suppliers for Babcock. To get this type of recognition takes a lot of time and integrity as well as numerous inspections and countless high quality repairs and refits.

The GBR team is prepared to travel having worked all around the world including the Caribbean, Far East and the Mediterranean as well as all over the UK and Channel Islands. GBR also offers a fully qualified and experienced crew if boat movements are required.

The high quality work that GBR carries out is well known, having been written about in The Guardian and Motor Boats Monthly with their ever increasing number of highly skilled and qualified craftsman used to problem solving and creative thinking. The team is yet to meet their match with no repair proving too challenging for them regardless of the repair required.

Mark Goodacre, Director of Goodacre Boat Repairs and Refits said; “We have been at Port Solent since 1996 undertaking boat repairs and refits, mainly from the undercover shed. It’s been a memorable time here so far, with many repairs and refits undertaken. We regard many of the people that we have looked after now as friends. In that time, as you can imagine, there's been allsorts going on behind the scenes including births, marriages, and divorces. There are now 3 generations of Goodacre’s working here and a 4th now helps out occasionally as well so it's truly a family business!”

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