In the Beginning
M & W Marine Servicing was established in 1977 and was bought by the present owner, Robert (Bob) Oomen in 1985. At the time of purchase the focus of the business was on servicing and wrecking outboard engines, specifically those on "trailerable" boats, that is, boats that are small enough to be loaded onto trailers and pulled by a standard domestic vehicle. Inboards, stern drives and outboards fixed to boats too large to be trailed without special arrangments were usually not part of the custom of this business and this continues to be the case.
Servicing and Wrecking are Not Enough
Wrecking outboard motors, that is, purchasing an old or damaged motor to strip it of usable parts to sell second-hand or use in the servicing side of the business, has been a vital part of the business from the start. However, it became apparent that in order to improve turn-around times on jobs for customers, M & W Marine needed to own stocks of spare parts in the major brands. In 1994 the opportunity arose to purchase a major holding in OMC (now Bombardier) and Mercury and the new spare parts side of M & W Marine Servicing came into being. From there it was an obvious step from selling second-hand parts to supplying both new and used parts. From holding what we need for our own use, the spare parts side has grown until supply of new parts by mail order across Australia is now the bigger part of the business of M & W Marine Servicing, complemented by the wrecking and servicing.