About us

Damon Johns’ career begun with the Instep Program at his High School, All Saints College, in the year 2000. He carried out work experience at Seapower Australia, who, at the time, were a Yanmar Dealer, the Volvo Penta Centre for Western Australia and the MAN Marine Engine Importer for Australia. Upon completion of year 12 Damon jumped straight into his Apprenticeship at Seapower, training in Engineering to qualify as a Heavy-Duty Marine Diesel Mechanic and Fitter.

Throughout his 4-year Apprenticeship Damon completed extensive training on both marine and industrial Volvo Penta engines as well as common-rail engine training at MAN’s Head Quarters in Nuremberg, Germany. He worked on a variety of engines and models ranging from 10hp up to 3000hp across pleasure craft, commercial vessels and sail boats. He travelled interstate to work on industrial generators, internationally to Tahiti to overhaul engines on cruise liners, and to Fiji to replace common-rail injectors in a luxury fishing boat.

During the 2000’s Perth was booming. Luxury vessels were being delivered and commissioned on a weekly basis and many a Cray-Fisherman was refitting, repowering and then rebuilding the old engines to keep as spare. Whilst still regularly on the tools, once qualified, Damon became the youngest employee within the Company to be promoted to Workshop Foreman. It was in this role that Damon learnt not only the administration duties and responsibilities of overseeing the workload of fellow employees and to display leadership, but also the importance of time management, transparency, and guaranteeing customer job satisfaction.

In March of 2010, Damon decided to part ways with Seapower and begin his own business venture of Pleisure Marine Maintenance. Despite the GFC having only taken effect in Australia only a few months prior, demand within both the commercial and recreational of marine mechanical was still going strong. Thanks to the support of industry associates and customer word of mouth and referrals, within the first 6 months, Damon had developed a customer base of more than 100 vessels, taken on a Yanmar Dealership and had outgrown working solely from a ute and single carport. With further growth imminent and plans to build a new workshop on his residential property, Damon put on an apprentice to assist with the workload and upgraded his ute.

Over the next couple of years, due to high demand of experience and customer service, Damon increased his team to consist of qualified tradesman, apprentices and a trades assistant. By the end of 2012, Damon’s partner Emma, resigned from her position in Service and Accounts at Auto Classic BMW to take on the support of the administration and accounting of Pleisure Marine Maintenance full time. It became apparent not long after, that with the additional staff and the steady increase in clientele, that a commercial premises closer to Fremantle and its neighbouring Yacht Clubs and Marinas was prominent, and so, they sub-leased a workshop in O’Connor.

January of 2015, the plans were finalised, and the slab was laid on their very own workshop premises. 6 months later, Damon, Emma and the team moved into their current location of 15 Jones Street in O’Connor. The move permitted a more professional and organised approach, allowing them to further develop and expand the range of services they were able to offer. They have since become the sales and service dealers for MAN, Kohler, Seakeeper and John Deere. They are also the sole distributors in Western Australia for Rainman Watermakers and continue to maintain a strong working relationship with Volvo Penta.

In the past 10 years, Pleisure Marine have serviced more than 6000 engines, completed 100 + rebuilds and have replaced over 80,000 litres of oil. Damon and his team have been contracted to The Seychelles, Christmas Island, Darwin, Broome and Port Hedland to carry out works across a range of vessels including Super Yachts, Pilot Boats, Sydney to Hobart Racing Yachts, Game Fishing Boats and Border Force Vessels. They have employed more than 12 staff, trained 5 Apprentices and provided more than half a dozen students with work placement.

Now trading simply as Pleisure Marine, Damon and Emma look forward to the next ten plus successful and prosperous years providing and increasing their service and support to the Commercial and Recreational Marine Industries with plans to build a larger workshop, with separate sales, parts and service divisions.

Damon Johns’ career begun with the Instep Program at his High School, All Saints College, in the year 2000. He carried out work experience at Seapower Australia, who, at the time, were a Yanmar Dealer, the Volvo Penta Centre for Western Australia and the MAN Marine Engine Importer for Australia. Upon completion of year 12 Damon jumped straight into his Apprenticeship at Seapower, training in Engineering to qualify as a Heavy-Duty Marine Diesel Mechanic and Fitter.
Throughout his 4-year Apprenticeship Damon completed extensive training on both marine and industrial Volvo Penta engines as well as common-rail engine training at MAN’s Head Quarters in Nuremberg, Germany. He worked on a variety of engines and models ranging from 10hp up to 3000hp across pleasure craft, commercial vessels and sail boats. He travelled interstate to work on industrial generators, internationally to Tahiti to overhaul engines on cruise liners, and to Fiji to replace common-rail injectors in a luxury fishing boat.

During the 2000’s Perth was booming. Luxury vessels were being delivered and commissioned on a weekly basis and many a Cray-Fisherman was refitting, repowering and then rebuilding the old engines to keep as spare. Whilst still regularly on the tools, once qualified, Damon became the youngest employee within the Company to be promoted to Workshop Foreman. It was in this role that Damon learnt not only the administration duties and responsibilities of overseeing the workload of fellow employees and to display leadership, but also the importance of time management, transparency, and guaranteeing customer job satisfaction.
In March of 2010, Damon decided to part ways with Seapower and begin his own business venture of Pleisure Marine Maintenance. Despite the GFC having only taken effect in Australia only a few months prior, demand within both the commercial and recreational of marine mechanical was still going strong. Thanks to the support of industry associates and customer word of mouth and referrals, within the first 6 months, Damon had developed a customer base of more than 100 vessels, taken on a Yanmar Dealership and had outgrown working solely from a ute and single carport. With further growth imminent and plans to build a new workshop on his residential property, Damon put on an apprentice to assist with the workload and upgraded his ute.
Over the next couple of years, due to high demand of experience and customer service, Damon increased his team to consist of qualified tradesman, apprentices and a trades assistant. By the end of 2012, Damon’s partner Emma, resigned from her position in Service and Accounts at Auto Classic BMW to take on the support of the administration and accounting of Pleisure Marine Maintenance full time. It became apparent not long after, that with the additional staff and the steady increase in clientele, that a commercial premises closer to Fremantle and its neighbouring Yacht Clubs and Marinas was prominent, and so, they sub-leased a workshop in O’Connor.

January of 2015, the plans were finalised, and the slab was laid on their very own workshop premises. 6 months later, Damon, Emma and the team moved into their current location of 15 Jones Street in O’Connor. The move permitted a more professional and organised approach, allowing them to further develop and expand the range of services they were able to offer. They have since become the sales and service dealers for MAN, Kohler, Seakeeper and John Deere. They are also the sole distributors in Western Australia for Rainman Watermakers and continue to maintain a strong working relationship with Volvo Penta.
In the past 10 years, Pleisure Marine have serviced more than 6000 engines, completed 100 + rebuilds and have replaced over 80,000 litres of oil. Damon and his team have been contracted to The Seychelles, Christmas Island, Darwin, Broome and Port Hedland to carry out works across a range of vessels including Super Yachts, Pilot Boats, Sydney to Hobart Racing Yachts, Game Fishing Boats and Border Force Vessels. They have employed more than 12 staff, trained 5 Apprentices and provided more than half a dozen students with work placement.
Now trading simply as Pleisure Marine, Damon and Emma look forward to the next ten plus successful and prosperous years providing and increasing their service and support to the Commercial and Recreational Marine Industries with plans to build a larger workshop, with separate sales, parts and service divisions.