Meet the Team
Karen Schwerdt has over thirty years experience in the Marine industry, mostly with the Beneteau brand. She started work with the former Beneteau Dealer on the Lake in the mid eighties and apart from a four-year stint working in the Chandlery for a local Power Boat Dealer, she has concentrated on the Sailing side of the industry. She progressed from Chandlery Manager to Sales Manager and then when the opportunity arose in 1997 to form Maiden Marine, she did so, taking on the role of Managing Director.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Schwerdt brings with him a wealth of Industry knowledge. Formerly Managing Director of Melges Race Boats in the UK, he has travelled extensively, racing all types of craft, including doing the “Whitbread” in ‘89/90. His professional connections with North Sails, has brought Maiden the agency for the World’s leading sailmakers. He concentrates on Managing the Boat Yard schedule, New Boat Sales, Warranty and Aftersales back up and running the Sail and Canopy email@example.com
John Ettridge, (Karen’s brother and a founder member of the Maiden Marine team) is the Boat Yard Foreman and is a time served Boat Builder. He has twenty five years of experience in GRP repairs and just about anything to do with maintaining your yacht.
He organises the day to day running of the Boat Yard repair facility and is an essential part of the full back up service Maiden provides.
Brokerage Sales Manager
Chris Cianchi joined the Maiden Brokerage department in February 2016. He had previously been working part time with Lin in the Sail/Cover loft.
A boat owner himself, his main expertise is in Management Training but he is putting his sailing and lake knowledge to good use in the Brokerage Department.
Nick Morgans started working in Maiden’s busy Chandlery shop in March 2016. As well as his previous chandlery shop experience, he is a Dinghy Sailing Instructor, along with being a coach for both Paddle Boarding and Kayaking. So you are just as likely to see him on the water as in our firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Charlton runs the new branch for Maiden Marine in Whitehaven Marina, which focuses on Chandlery and Brokerage.
She also has a wealth of Sailing knowledge and lives aboard a boat in the Marina, which gives her first hand knowledge of the requirements of clients with boats based in this busy coastal email@example.com
Designer & Machinist in Sail Loft
The Canvas, Canopy and Sail Loft work is all carried out by Lin Gregory. She is incredible at designing and building custom built covers. She has extensive machining experience and can produce all types of covers/canvas work for both sail and power boats. She also produces new upholstery for inside & outside and carries out Sail valeting and repairs.
Boat Yard Technician
Ian Turnbull has recently moved to the Lake District from the South Coast, with his young family and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the Marine Industry. He specialises in gel repairs and Yacht rigging, as well as general repairs and maintenance, with race boats being a speciality.
OB Sailing Tuition & Charter / Book Keeper
Yvonne Crowder was formerly a customer, but is now very much part of the team, she has been with us for ten years. She looks after the book keeping side of the Maiden Marine office and she also does a lot of the organising for the Beneteau Regatta events.
Her husband Neil Crowder runs OB Sailing School & Charter business from our jetties. He provides sailing tuition to RYA standard and offers a variety of bareboat charter options.
If you would like to get in touch with Maiden Marine, you can call us on:
Tel: +44 (0)1539 488 050
or alternatively use our contact form below.