Wiarton Marina, a 250-slip marina in on Georgian Bay has new ownership. Ian Allan, who has owned the marina since 1978, transferred ownership to Jeff Hammill.
Hammill says it was his passion for boating that motivated him to purchase the marina. "We had a family business prior to this in Guelph, Ontario that we sold in 2005,' explains Hammill. "I stayed on for a couple of years but wanted to pursue other interests.'
Hammill and his family are long time boaters of Georgian Bay. Since the early 1960's the Hammills' have cruised most of the Great Lakes as well.
Ian Allan will stay on with Wiarton Marina for a year as a consultant during the transition and then plans to retire. Hammill says there has been no major changes to the business since he assumed ownership. "Our plan is to keep status quo here,' says Hammill. "The marina has been very successful and we have a great staff with a long history. So we'll keep on doing what works.'
Wiarton Marina is an authorized dealer for the Mercury, Honda, Volvo and Yanmar brands. The business also operates a 25-ton Travelift.
For more information visit www.wiartonmarina.ca