Boat Charter Business
RICHARD HUDSON, Tangaroa Charters
Living on an island means you’re always surrounded by sea, so for me it was kind of a natural thing. I started sailing and generally messing around on the water from a very young age.
It wasn’t until my dad started designing and building boats that I really got into it: suddenly it clicked, this is what I want to do. I always thought the lifestyle wasn’t half bad either.
I completed my GCSE’s at Medina High School and then decided to take further qualifications in the marine environment. I obtained various powerboat courses resulting in a commercially endorsed powerboat advanced qualification. Along with this, I have studied many STCW95 courses to enable me to qualify for an MCA Passenger Carrying License.
I started the company this year and run it with my dad. Our company runs a charter boat, used by tourists and locals for a variety of things. This includes anything from an hour’s mackerel bashing to eight hours serious cod fishing. Press and photography to corporate or private charter, we do it all!
As company secretary, I am responsible for keeping the accounts together, doing VAT and Fuel Duty returns, through to taking the bookings and organising crew. When I’m skippering the vessel, my main job is to ensure safe passage for all onboard. This includes keeping a good lookout, following all the rules of the road. It keeps me very busy, but when at anchor I do occasionally participate!
The most rewarding part of this environment is when the customers are pleased with the service we have provided. If they catch lots of fish or take some decent photos and go home with a smile, then I know we’ve done well! My main challenge is nature; she always keeps me on my toes, and you never know what weather we will have next.
The good thing with having your own business is that you can take it to where ever you want to. As they say, the world is your oyster!