Captain Raymond Pincott - The owner (don't call him Ray) of the Navigation Centre and a Master Mariner holding Master Class 1 qualifications as well as teaching and assessing qualifications. Raymond is also an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) qualified Compass Adjuster. He is a member of the Nautical Institute of London. His aim is to encourage safety at sea after spending many years on the water both for pleasure and professionally. He appreciates the value of correct procedures on-board ships and when the opportunity arose to purchase the Navigation Centre in 2004 he saw it as the ideal opportunity to spend more time at home (with his lovely wife) and still pursue his love of all things nautical.
Anne Pincott (the lovely wife) has many years experience in office administration and public relations and is an experienced sailor herself. The family has lived in the region for over 30 years after sailing from Sydney on a 34 ft yacht (with 3 kids on board!) so Anne is able to talk nautical jargon and advise customers as well as keep the mighty paperwork flowing. Anne retired in 2012 and is now enjoying her time sewing and Dragon boating.
Gillian Pincott - The Manager (one of the kids on board) is a real computer whiz so a real asset to the business. Gillian has many years experience in sales as well as office administration and has a ready supply of jokes and sends most people from the shop laughing.
David Pincott (also one of the kids on board) is our chart correction king and drummer extraordinaire. As well as our delivery driver, David is the general dog's body around the office and just loves being told what to do by his big sister Gillian!! David can often be found tapping out a catchy beat with correction pens or parallel rulers.
Captain Raymond Pincott, Mr Peter McDonald, Margaret Chambers and "Blue" Bulling are just some of the qualified trainers who guide our students through the intricacies of navigation, marine radio, marine engineering, collision regulations, loading and all aspects of the training required by the Maritime Authorities. See our page for information on the courses that we run.
AUSTRALIAN HYDROGRAPHIC CHARTS
We stock a comprehensive range of Australian charts and can offer advice for voyage planning particularly from Townsville to Papua New Guinea or Brisbane to Darwin and everything in between. We also run courses for COASTAL NAVIGATION for all levels of mariners and we are more than happy to give advice if required.
Our Australian charts are fully corrected from fortnightly notices to mariners (including blocks and tracings) from the Hydrographic Department.
BRITISH ADMIRALTY CHARTS
We have BA, NZ & Japanese charts brought in overnight and fully corrected. The notices to mariners are available free online from the UKHO website, and a catalogue of their charts and publications is available in our shop.