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Dominic Smulders

Dominic Smulders

Dominic's love affair with boats and all things to do with the river started at the tender age of 4 (back in the days of steam boats) living next to the river. After seven years as a civil engineer he joined Bray Marina in 1987 as Assistant Marina Manager and by the time he became Marina's Sales Manager, he was running the busy brokerage operation and wanted to branch out on his own. This coincided with Marina Development Ltd selling off their boat sales operation in early 1992. And so, on 1st August 1992 they opened their doors and Bray Marine Sales was born, with a listing of three boats at a total sales value of £25,000!... his love affair with river and boats endures. Dominic loves holidays on the Thames on his Aquanaut Dutch Steel Cruiser and hopes to spend summers on her cruising the French Canals when he eventually retires.

Bruno McGain

Bruno McGain

Bruno grew up on the Thames living on his parents' boat for almost 20 years; his father, a wooden boat builder, gave him the opportunity to earn his first pocket money, working at weekends mooring boats and helping with general boat repairs. He found that everything to do with boats was definitely in his blood and he decided to start his career at Thames Ditton Marina initially in the chandlery and maintenance and latterly moving into sales. Working his way up over the years to become a Yacht Broker for Boat Showrooms at Shepperton; exhibiting at Southampton and London Boat Shows gave Bruno the chance to become more hands on with demonstrating boats not only on the Thames but also on the South Coast.

Simon Allum

Simon Allum

Simon has worked in the marine industry for 30 years for companies such as Bridge Boats, Caversham Boat Services and most recently as a skipper for Thames Rivercruise near Reading, driving their flagship the Caversham Princess a 75ft passenger boat. He joined TBS Boats Bray in 2006. Simon and his family can be found on days off cruising the upper Thames on their much loved and cared for Fairline Mirage