Photography by McConaghy Boats Australia
Australia’s premier performance racing builder, McConaghy Boats Australia, has announced that Jono Morris (pictured above right, with joint managing director, Mark Evans) will be leaving the company, after accepting an offer from Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks and Palm Beach Motor Yachts, as Production Coordinator at Grand Banks in Malaysia.
“This has been a challenging decision, I have enjoyed taking McConaghy Boats into new territory of quality and performance over the last 19 years and will continue to support the great team we have now in Gosford.
“I will continue to take a keen interest in seeing the three boats currently on the floor being launched in the coming months, and will continue to support the Australian businesses on quotes for new projects currently in play and any new work won,” Morris said.
Morris also said that the opportunity to work with Mark Richards in Malaysia will be a unique opportunity for him and his family. “There has always been a synergy between what Mark Richards has created with Palm Beach Motor Yachts, [now joined with Grand Banks] and McConaghy Australia. Our companies share the same passions and values, but serve different niches in our industry,” Morris shared.
The experienced yachtsman and managing director further confirmed that he will be transitioning to take the role with Grand Banks over the next few months as other new members will be identified to grow the team.
Wanting to express his gratitude to McConaghy Boats Australia, Morris confirmed that he will continue to be available during this transition period to help complete the three boats on the floor: the elegant Frers 57’ high performance cruising boat, a 46’ Reichel Pugh race boat conversion, and the “modernisation” of a dazzling ex-Alfa Romeo 100’ race boat.