In the third in a series of profiles of vendors who will be taking part in the St. George’s Marine Expo on Sunday, April 23rd, we spotlight Rance’s Boat Yard, with Debbie Rance saying she wants “to encourage women to take up boating and to not be intimidated by the male dominated industry.”
1. What is the name of your company?
Rance’s Boat Yard
2. What does your company specialize in?
Established in 1947, the family owned business specializes in hauling small to medium sized boats, power-washing, painting and detailing. Rance’s Boat Yard is also one of only three places in the world licensed to sell the Beacon Boat dinghies. Currently run by manager Damian Payne, a noted Bermudian sailor, the boat is yard [located at 46 Crow lane Devonshire] is open from Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.
3. How long have you been in the Marine Industry?
Rance’s Boat Yard, a staple in the local boating community for nearly 70 years, is now under new management. Long-time entrepreneur, Debbie Rance, the owner of popular toy and candy store Treats of Bermuda, has officially taken over her late father Edward’s business after his sudden passing in 2015.
4. How has your company benefited from the Americas Cup?
The America’s Cup has benefited us indirectly as we have seen a surge in people interested in having their boats spruced up for the summer.
5. What advice would you give you an aspiring young entrepreneur?
I started my first business when I was twenty four and unfortunately I encountered business people who wanted to see me fail. Determination, perseverance and a stellar work ethic are characteristics any budding entrepreneur should have an abundance of if they wish to succeed.
6. Why are you participating in the Marine Expo?
The Marine Expo is a great way to get the word out about Rance’s Boat Yard. I would like to encourage women to take up boating and to not be intimidated by the male dominated industry. We are looking forward to connecting with our current clients and meeting new people interested in boating.
Most people do not know that our boat yard offers a wide range of services including haulage of boats less than 28 feet; power washing of bottoms, sides and cockpits, bottom painting and interior and exterior detailing.
We also have a small retail division that sells two models of Beacon Boat fiberglass dinghies, cutless bearings, ship chains, galvanized shackles, mooring buoys, commercial life rafts and more. Our products will be on display and our staff we be on hand all day to answer any questions.
7. Why is the Marine Expo a good thing for Bermuda?
The Marine Expo gives small business the opportunity to connect directly with the community in a way that is relevant and engaging. The event is well organized, family-friendly and perfect for a new comer or an expert.
I would encourage everyone to come down and take a look whether you are interested in developing a new hobby, learn more about the boating services available on island, or buy products, the Marine Expo is a great event to attend.
The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation [BEDC], along with title sponsor RUBIS Energy Bermuda, will host the second annual St. George’s Marine Expo on Sunday, April 23 from 11.00am to 6.00pm.