Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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2019 Will be an Exciting Time at St Francis Marine and the Start of a New Era.


Founder Duncan Lethbridge has decided to step back from day to day management in the factory and after extensive searching has appointed Rob Brennan as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to take over all aspects of the day-to-day running of the business, Manufacturing, Quality control, Customer Liaison & Warranty. Lethbridge will remain in the background in an advisory capacity for the near future.

Rob has been involved in the boating industry for 18 years, first as Quality Assurance Manager for the largest catamaran manufacturer in South Africa and latterly as an accredited Marine Surveyor.

He has extensive knowledge of fiberglass catamaran manufacture & repairs and has surveyed boats all over the world. Among his many qualifications, he is an accredited Marine Surveyor with the European Certification Bureau (ECB) in Holland, a South African Sailing (SAS) Safety Officer, a Certified SAMSA small boat surveyor, an NMMA Conformance specialist and an IMMARBE tonnage surveyor.

“I am confident that Rob will continue my legacy of Custom-made Quality Catamarans and wish him well for the future,” says Lethbridge.


At the same time Morton Beckley has joined Rob as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Morton will handle all financial negotiations, costing, electronic media and advertising.

Morton is a qualified engineer with a BSc (Eng.) from the University of Cape Town. After working in both the construction and consulting environments he founded IT companies that produce programs for both the aviation and engineering industries. He is a keen sailor and has crewed on many . . .

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