About Us

We have a combined 100 years plus worth of experience in making custom designed interior and exterior upholstery and covers. Every item we make is designed, measured, patterned, cut and then manufactured in our shop all by hand, using the the best quality materials and fittings available.aboutus.jpg

Our Promise

To provide excellent customer service, inspired design and durable crafted products, without the slighest compromise to quality.

 

Our Staff

 

 

Steve Fleming – Owner / Manager

Steve founded The Boat Cover Company in 1983 to service the local marine market. Over the years the business grew through word of mouth and now operates from a modern showroom and workspace with 8 employees situated just around the corner from its original location over 30 years ago.

Steve’s strength lies in his unique ability to visualise frames and covers on boats that are in keeping with the boat’s design, look good and yet are practical. He has always played a ‘hands-on’ role, and therefore his experience in the industry is unequalled.

Don't expect to find Steve at work if there is an easterly blowing. He will be surfing the west coast! He and Louise have two adult children.
 

Louise Fleming

Louise joined The Boat Cover Company in 1988 from a background as  PA for the Chief Executive of a Public Company. Her organisational skills keep the workshop and team running smoothly. Louise has an eye for design and is instrumental in guiding clients towards the best options available for a job. Much work goes on behind the scenes researching and sourcing specialist materials and she has more than 20 years experience in design and manufacture of Superyacht interior and exterior upholstery.

Louise and Steve’s individual skills combine superbly and between them there isn’t much they don’t know with regard to covers and exterior upholstery in marine, residential and commercial applications. As hands-on managers/owners of the business you can be assured of personal service.
 

Gavin Young - Upholstery Manager

Gavin has been with the company since 1998. Gavin has been involved in our industry for around 35 years and his experience and attention to detail is unequalled.  He has upholstered some of the world's biggest and best Super Yachts. Gavin can turn his hand to most things and any ‘tricky’ jobs become his. He can always work out a solution when everybody else has given up!!.  He also has a wealth of knowledge and the other guys in the team will often seek Gavin’s advice..

Gavin and his wife Sally have 2 adult children and are now grandparents.They love to head down to the Coromandel whenever they get the opportunity.
 

John Loader - Covers Manager

John came to us from an Air Force background of 22 years. He joined the company in 2002 and bought with him a myriad of skills that he gathered in his time in the Force.

John manages the Covers division and oversees the training of the cover team.  He is motivated and well organised; he sets high standards in all his work and meets all challenges with enthusiasm and innovation to see all projects through to the end.

John is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending his weekends out on his boat with his wife, Tanya, and their 3 adult children.

 

TRADESMEN:

 


Geoff Rennie 

Geoff  has been with us since 2009 from a marine background. His versatility and dependability make him an important and reliable member of our team.

Caleb Nathan

Caleb joined as as an apprentice in the middle of 2011 with no experience in our area of expertise. He has now completed his apprenticeship and is a valued member of the team.

Paul Rogers

Paul joined the team in 2012 and is our go-to man who can turn his hand to most things.  He completed  his apprenticeship in 2016 and being a boat owner himself makes him a very handy person to have on the team.

Jordan Garces

Jordan  joined the team in 2017 as an apprentice. With a background in engineering from his home of Columbia and a diverse range of work experience, he will be one to watch out for.