My wife and I are from Cologne in Germany and certainly live a very different life in Mandurah now than we did then.
In Germany, we lived on the 35th floor of a high-rise apartment building, 128 metres above street level. We decided the German weather wasn’t for us and that Australia was the place to be.
After several trips to many parts of the country, in 2012 we chose Mandurah above all other places as our new home. We just loved the waterways, the wildlife and the lifestyle.
We had had the idea for a BBQ boats business from the day we moved here, having seen them in other parts of the world, and thought Mandurah would be the ideal location.
Adapting the BBQ boat concept that was already well introduced in Germany to the West Australian weather and water conditions was quite a challenge and our passion about making it eco-friendly with electric motors did not make things easier at all.
In the end everything fell into place when we stumbled across the electric outboard motors from Torqeedo, Germany’s world market leader in marine electric propulsion.
So now our boats are equipped with Torqeedo motors just like Queen Elizabeth’s royal rowbarge “Gloriana”.
That is why you get that royal feeling while you are cruising our little piece of paradise – Mandurah – with its relaxed holiday atmosphere, the magnificent waterways, the Venetian Canals and of course our dolphins.
Ellie – The Boss
Ellie is the boss of our little company and she joined our small team in October 2017. As she is extremely qualified in bossing people around she is definitely our first choice for the job. Her focus is Total Quality Management or to put it more simply: The best is just good enough. That is why our customers always get an outstanding experience – Ellie would not accept anything less.
Gerd – Operation & Maintenance
As Electronics Engineer and Innovation Engineering Consultant I love boating and am very passionate about electric boating being the future. With years of experience in electro mobility it was perfectly clear that the BBQ Boats had to be electric boats when I founded Eco BBQ Boats back in 2016.
If I am not busy with the BBQ Boats, I torture the whole neighbourhood with my saxophone – so better keep me busy.
Nathan – Rental Operations & Guide
Having grown up in Mandurah, Nathan loves the waterways and spends much of his time out on the estuary and in the ocean. As sailing instructor of many years he is very experienced with the operation of different kinds of boats. Aiming to start a career in Electrotechnology, he has got a strong affinity to electric boats in particular.
Nathan prepares your boat, conducts the safety and skipper’s briefing with you and lights the charcoal barbecues for you. Even if you are a boat novice, Nathan will have you confidently driving our donut-boats within only a few minutes.
Deanna – Rental Operations & Guide
Before relocating from Victoria to Western Australia in 2018, Deanna has worked as a Marine Technician at the Royal Australian Navy. So it’s not surprising that she loves working in and around boats.
Deanna’s smile is infectious and after having given you a warm welcome, Deanna will make you familiar with the boat operation so you can enjoy your floating BBQ. Or she will join your group as tour guide on our guided and private boat tours.
Acram – Rental Operations
Acram who migrated from Uganda in 2016 joined our team a year later. Once he has finished High School, Acram wants to go to university to become a doctor or a teacher.
Acram takes care that you have got all the equipment you need for your floating BBQ fun and is our expert when it comes to launching and retrieving the boats at the boat ramp in Perth and Mandurah.
Peter – Tour Guide
Having given up full time employment a few years ago following a successful career in Information Technology, Peter had trouble settling into a life of retirement and successfully managed a boat hire business in Mandurah for many years.
Being a resident of Mandurah for over 20 years and living on the canals, he developed a fascination with the history of Mandurah, its waterways and wildlife. As a result, Peter has a wealth of knowledge and can tell a lot of interesting stories.
He joined our team as tour guide in 2019 and will give you lots of insights and facts in relation to the Mandurah waterways. He likes having a good laugh too and you will enjoy every second with him onboard our private guided tours.