Meet The Award Winning Team

The Crawley family and Riviera go hand in hand, their 30 year association with the brand coupled with boating experience in excess of 60 years of the dealer principals in a variety of Riviera cruisers ensures they have the knowledge and experience to help guide you & your family in all your boating needs.  Known for hosting a variety of client boating experiences, golf days, VIP dinners and the monthly “Sunset on the Deck” at the centrally located R Marine Dealership on Runaway Bay Marina rest assured if you’re looking for the ultimate boating experience R Marine Crawley has something for every boatie! Specialising in all things boats, the large qualified sales & support team can assist all your needs be it Service, Warranty, Maintenance, Pre-Loved Sales, New Boat Sales & Client Functions. We welcome the spontaneous drop in for a coffee anytime, our friendly well trained team are always available.

Ben Crawley

Owner/Dealer Principal
Mobile: 0421 054 182
Email: bcrawley@rmarinecrawley.com.au

An avid boatie, it’s taking his clients out on a luxury yacht or cruiser for the first time and training them on their new multi-million-dollar vessel that Ben finds highly satisfying.

More about Ben Crawley

Owning a luxury boat carries immeasurable benefits. It’s a lifestyle choice, with no one day ever the same.

To R Marine Crawley Dealer Principal Ben Crawley boating equals freedom; one of the only ways he can put his feet up and relax. An avid boatie, it’s taking his clients out on a luxury cruiser for the first time and training them on their new multi-million-dollar vessel that Ben finds highly satisfying. He says dealing with people who are in an exciting time of their lives is a pleasure as he knows they have worked extremely hard to achieve their boating purchase. Being a multi boat owner himself doesn’t mean he still doesn’t dream boats, with the release of the new Riviera 565SUV this is high on top of his list for his next personnel boat. A constantly challenging and exciting career, it was inevitable Ben would sail into the marine industry after owning and operating two real estate agencies in Brisbane.

Boating has always been a huge part of his life, often spending three out of four weekends a month with his family on extended trips throughout Queensland & Northern NSW waterways. He has a long history with Riviera ownership, both within the Crawley family and personally owning Riviera vessels. His first boating memory with his family on an old timber cruiser when he was six years old sitting on the bow while the boat was on cruise control heading across Moreton Bay on the way to the Tangalooma Wrecks for the weekend. It is memories like this that Ben wants to create for his clients. He says the excitement never fades and when a client sees their new luxury cruiser for the first time it is always a memorable moment, it’s that passion that continually drives the business forward.

Offering more than just a sale, Ben says the business gives people an experience and they have successfully guided a number of new boat owners on many trips between Sydney Harbour and Hamilton Island. It’s that commitment and delivering a service second to none that Ben finds rewarding, as well as helping people use their luxury boats confidently and in the way they are intended as coastal cruisers. Ben welcomes you drop in for a relaxed discussion anytime at their prominent Runaway Bay Marina location.

Ben Leigh-Smith

Luxury Boat Broker
Mobile: 0491 200 213
Email: bleighsmith@rmarinecrawley.com.au

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Ben has joined R Marine Crawley with a wealth of knowledge from his numerous years of selling new and brokerage Riviera and Maritimo boats.

More about Ben Leigh-Smith

If there’s one element the whole team at R Marine Crawley have in common it’s their love of the boating lifestyle.

Luxury boat broker Ben Leigh-Smith is no different having spent his whole life in, on and around boats. In fact, his dad owned a Riviera dealership on the Gold Coast and his family is well known in the industry. Ben began working at Riviera in 2000 when it first opened at Coomera in the exporting and shipping side of the business. He was there for eight years before moving into a Riviera dealership at Runaway Bay with his Dad, Noel Leigh-Smith, where he was in charge of servicing, warranty and aftercare.

Boating has been a family thing Ben’s entire life. He couldn’t image life without it. Weekends, birthdays, holidays – in fact, any spare moment – is spent on the boat, and he pegs a trip to the Whitsundays aboard a Holland 46 yacht when he was 15 as one of his best boating memories. He is also an active competitor in sailing events, an activity he began when he was 11 and one that’s taken him all over the world. Ben’s family is synonymous with boating on the Gold Coast; his grandfather started the air-sea rescue service and built the first marina in 1987 at Runaway Bay where R Marine Crawley is located today.

Having owned his first Riviera vessel at 20, Ben’s role with R Marine Crawley allows him to carry on his family’s rich boating history and service his Dad’s former clients. As a luxury boat broker, Ben looks after everything from the listing to the sale of the boat, plus delivery and training. He would be happy to have a chat with you anytime about your boat.

Dream Riviera boat: The 57 Flybridge

Michael Donnan

Luxury Boat Broker Assistant
Mobile: 0491 200 215
Email: mdonnan@rmarinecrawley.com.au

R Marine Crawley are proud to have Michael Donnan working with Ben Crawley in the role Luxury Brokers Assistant.

More about Michael Donnan

Working alongside owner and Dealer Principal Ben Crawley, assistant luxury boat broker Michael Donnan is known in the office as the Grasshopper (the apprentice). With a combined total of more than 120 years’ boating experience at the dealership, Michael has access to some of the industry’s best boating minds within the R Marine Crawley team. After completing his trade as a diesel fitter with Hastings Deering he believes he has moved on to bigger and better things in his role and future with R Marine Crawley, which began as weekend work at the start of 2015.

Michael has been on the water since day dot, sailing boats in the heart of the Whitsundays at Airlie Beach, boating to Morton and Fraser islands, and owning his first boat when he was 17, a 5.4m Cruise Craft, which he says was a lot of fun and kept his mates entertained while cruising the Gold Coast waterways. Beginning a career as an assistant luxury boat broker was a natural and easy path for Michael to take and his role sees him interacting with clients, listing boats and selling brokerage boats, plus helping the other luxury boat brokers at R Marine Crawley whenever needed.  This, coupled with his mechanical experience, ensures not only helps you secure your dream boat but also gives advice and support in your time of need should any issues arise.

Having now owned three boats, it’s the lifestyle Michael enjoys; taking a dip in the ocean off the boat, fishing and hanging out with friends and family; his fondest memories of boating spent with his family in Gloucester Passage in the Whitsundays. It’s these memories that Michael wants others to experience too and why he enjoys working at R Marine Crawley. Please contact us today for any boating needs, we’d be happy to help you.

Dream Riviera boat: The 52 Flybridge

Jason Kowalski

Luxury Boat Broker
Mobile: 0491 200 050
Email: jason@rmarinecrawley.com.au

New to the RMC sales team but certainly not new to the Marine Industry Jason brings to R Marine Crawley a wealth of boating knowledge.

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New to the RMC sales team but certainly not new to the Marine Industry Jason brings to R Marine Crawley a wealth of boating knowledge.

Jason earnt his stripes in the Marine industry by working for Riviera for an impressive 11 years in Technical Support and Electronics. Jason has decided to put his extensive knowledge of boats along with his drive and passion into a sales role, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

His calming, friendly nature is what keeps his clients coming back for more. To contact Jason regarding selling or buying a boat please call him on 0416 057 326 Alternatively you can email him on jason@rmarnecrawley.com.au

Nick Westh

Warranty Manager
Mobile: 0406 806 062
Email: warranty@rmarinecrawley.com.au

The Gold Coast’s premier luxury boat dealership R Marine Crawley has appointed industry expert Nick Westh as the new boat warranty manager.

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The Gold Coast’s premier luxury boat dealership R Marine Crawley has appointed industry expert Nick Westh as the new boat warranty manager. Nick has carved an impressive career within the boating industry, which began when he was fresh out year 12 and completed an engineering apprenticeship with Riviera. Nick’s previous positions – which involved him being a marine engineer for commercial boats – brings a wealth of experience to the R Marine Crawly team. He also has an open coxswain licence and marine engine drive ticket (MED 2). Nick was the dock master at Sanctuary Cove for five years and worked as a marine mechanic for Volvo Penta. He’s been in the marine industry for more than 10 years and says it was the enthusiasm of the crew that attracted him to the position at R Marine Crawley.

As warranty manager, Nick’s role is pivotal in the business’s commitment to customer satisfaction and making sure their needs are met. His job entails full commissioning of all new vessels as well as an extensive training and handover schedule, which then follows on to looking after all of the warranty matters so customers can get out on the water as soon as possible. Nick is a boatie at heart, growing up in Cairns in Far North Queensland, specifically at the marina at Yorkey’s Knob. His father was the Commodore at Yorkey’s Knob Boat Club and the self-confessed “water rat” was always at the marina.

While his favourite memory is boating, skiing and fishing in Fiji when he was younger, his preferred place on the Gold Coast to go when he’s out on the water is Wave Break Island. When he’s not working on the weekends, this is where you’ll find him. Nick can help you with any warranty query you have, so please get in touch with the R Marine Crawley team today.

Dream Riviera boat: The 52 Flybridge

Tiffany English

Operations Manager
Mobile: 07 5529 5007
Email: admin@rmarinecrawley.com.au

Tiffany has recently joined the RMC team after moving from interstate, with her she brings a wealth of skills and business knowledge along with a love for the water.

More about Tiffany English

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Greg Stroud

Client Relationship Manager (Runaway Bay)
Mobile: 0491200220
Email: service@rmarinecrawley.com.au

With a career spanning some 23 years, Greg has extensive knowledge in all aspects of the marine industry and looks forward to handling any of your vessel management and maintenance needs, specialising in ongoing maintenance, detailing and full refits.

More about Greg Stroud

With a career spanning some 23 years, Greg has extensive knowledge in all aspects of the marine industry and looks forward to sharing his experience with you over the coming months.

From the age of three, Greg followed in his family’s love for boating, subsequently, when he came of age, deciding to undertake a Marine Mechanics apprenticeship, which he completed with Distinctions in 1998. Throughout his apprenticeship, Greg received three awards, Most Outstanding Workshop Skills, 1st Year and three Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Through his articulated approach to marine mechanics, Greg set out to learn all aspects of marine mechanical repair. During this period Greg had the opportunity to work with some industry leading brands such as Volvo, CAT, Scania and Yamaha, giving him a wealth of industry knowledge and a solid contact platform for the future.

To add to his busy schedule, Greg, during the same period obtained his Master Class V Certificate of Competency.

Looking for a change, Greg spent time working on Hayman Island in the Whitsundays, skippering the Islands 72ft Westcoaster Dive Vessel and crewing the Islands 35m fast ferry fleet.

During this time Greg obtained his unrestricted Master Class 1V Certificate and was responsible for vessel passages throughout the Australian East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. With a massive claim to fame, a highlight during this role was meeting several high profile guests on board including David Bowie, Bruce Springstein, Usher, James Taylor, Jennifer Anniston, Brittney Spears and Vince Vaughn.

On returning to his home base in Sydney, Greg spent five years in the position of Master and Manager of MV Whitehaven, a 120 tonne 90ft Norman R Wright commercial charter vessel, in full DNV classification survey. A diverse role, which involved constant travel, Greg managed all annual re-fit programs, ranging from, DNV Class surveys, re-paint and re-fit work, through to full engine re-power. Many of these projects taking place at the well renowned Norman R Wright shipyards in Brisbane.

After this time Greg decided to enter the Commercial Shipping Industry in the position of Operations which he held for ten years, working with an International Corporate Ship Owner/Operator.

In this role, Greg was the first land-based point of contact for vessel Masters dealing in stowage and loading of geared bulk carriers ranging in size from 20,000 to 80,000dwt. This role also involved DWT/draft calculations, stevedore, loading and discharge planning, bunker and passage planning, vessel performance monitoring, weather routing, anti-piracy measures along with vessel surveys and voyage profitability.

After ten years in this role, Greg decided to fulfil his lifelong dream and take his wife and young 3-year-old boy on an extended trip around Australia, travelling for 4 months.

Deciding to move up the coast and relocate his family to the Gold Coast, R Marine Crawley is humbled to have Greg on board. The R Marine Crawley team is excited to incorporate Greg’s strong background in the Mechanical and Commercial Marine Industry and to incorporate his Engineering and Commercial Operations experience into their growing dealership, this is also something they believe their valued clients can draw upon, both existing and new.

Yassmina Hamie

Marketing and Events Co-ordinator 
Mobile: 07 5529 5007
Email: marketing@rmarinecrawley.com.au

We are very excited to welcome Yassmina to the R Marine Crawley team as she brings with her a wealth of experience with an events and marketing background. Yassmina has managed a plethora of events both on and off water ranging from state-wide celebrations to exclusive luxury events for celebrities and royalty. She takes pride in her exceptional level of service and is extremely passionate about creating the most memorable boating experiences.

Yassmina has a love of water and is a boatie and sailor herself – she understands the infectious lifestyle of being on the water. The R Marine Crawley team looks forward to incorporating Yassmina’s skills and passion to create extremely memorable boating adventures for the R Marine Crawley Family.

Jo Shorten

Marine Coordinator
Mobile: 07 5529 5007
Email: info@rmarinecrawley.com.au

R Marine Crawley is very pleased to welcome Jo Shorten back to the team as the Marine Coordinator.

Jo brings to the team, a wealth of experience, with over 11 years’ experience as a luxury boat detailer. Having operated her own detailing business for several years, Jo prides herself on her quality of work and meticulous eye for detail.

With Jo’s professionalism, efficiency and love of boats, you can rest assured your vessel will be cared for to the utmost standard with her seal of approval. Jo looks forward to contacting our owners and arranging a tailor-made package to suit each vessel’s requirements.

Jo loves all aspects of the boating lifestyle and she looks forward to working hand in hand with the R Marine Crawley family to manage their vessels and have them out on the water in exceptional condition.

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