|  First Published: December 2010

In ten short years Carla and Dean Grieve have developed their start up business, The Tinnie Shack, at Mission Beach, to become Queensland Honda Dealer of the Year in 2010.

The dynamic couple were flown to the Gold Coast in mid November to receive their award at the Honda outboard dealer’s conference, held at Sea World Nara Resort. The Tinnie Shack has only been selling Honda outboards for three years and have grown their business in that short time to be the biggest seller of high horsepower Honda outboards in Queensland last year.

Carla and Dean started The Tinnie Shack from scratch in 2000, with Carla running the shop front and Dean, a qualified mechanic, running the workshop. Carla is one of the very few female marine saleswomen in the country. She has also grown an enormous reputation as a star of ABC Local Radio’s Fishtalk program, on both the Queensland wide show and the North Queensland program, and is heavily involved in promoting women in fishing. Carla and Dean are both fanatical anglers and are particularly active in the game fishing community where both have been tournament winners. Dean has on numerous occasions taken out titles at a North Queensland level and Carla won Champion Angler at last year’s Mission Beach Game Fishing Tournament.

The dynamic duo have grown their family run business to now employ six full time staff and they enjoy a formidable reputation for specialising in the sale of plate alloy boats; being the only dealership in the country to do so. The Tinnie Shack is North Queensland dealers for Formosa, AMM and Yalta Craft boats and carry a comprehensive range of these craft on display. They also sell chandlery, tackle, seafood, and new and second hand boats, motors and trailers from their premises at Mission Beach. They operate a boat storage facility on site and are also heavily involved in boat design, research and development, as well as building their own brand of aluminium trailers.

The Tinnie Shack has developed an excellent reputation for service in the recreational, commercial and tourism sectors and has maintained very strong trading through the recent financial downturn. The company will be in good hands in coming years with their son, James, just completing his qualifications as a marine mechanic.

Dean and Carla Grieve with Mark Suttle, Queensland Territory Manager for Honda Marine, receiving their award for Honda Dealer of the Year at the Honda outboard dealer’s conference, held at Sea World Nara Resort last November.

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