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.
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