Leading boat builder farewells co-founder

Leading boat builder farewells co-founder

Telwater’s co-founder, Bruce Shepherd, has passed away at 75 years old last month.

Bruce spent 30 years as the Co-Owner of Telwater, the manufacturer Australia’s leading aluminium boat brands: Quintrex, Stacer and Savage boats.

Bruce will be deeply missed by Telwater’s staff, dealers and associates who have always valued his hard work, leadership and friendship.

The iconic Quintrex brand was purchased in 1987 by Bruce and his business partner Paul Phelan. Growth was quick with its first major expansion in the 90s followed by the acquisition of Stacer in 1999 which sparked the creation of Telwater Holding Company.

Telwater’s production expanded year over year to keep up with high demand for its premium boats especially after the 2008 acquisition of Australia’s oldest boat brand, Savage Boats.

An eye for opportunity, Bruce and Paul solidified their strategic partnership with BRP Inc. when Telwater was appointed the official distributor of Evinrude Outboards across Australia in 2016.

Open communication with staff and the entire dealer network was extremely important to Bruce, he believed in empowering people to share knowledge and take pride in their opinions which greatly contributed to the overall success of the organization.

Current owner and Managing Director Paul Phelan said over the last 30 years, Bruce was more than a business partner to him, he was a mentor and most importantly, a great friend.

‘It is with great sadness we say goodbye, but he will not be forgotten,’ Paul said.