About Us

Tim Knox – Founder


Tim-on-stern-185x215Tim Knox, Mothership Marine’s Founder is a family man with a passion for the water. Unfortunately, this passion is not altogether shared by his family.

Over the years he’s tried to get more water time with his family. Together they’ve had many interesting trips including a raft trip down the Hawkesbury and a canoe trip down the Murray. But as the children get older their “social commitments” seem to take precedence. And then there’s Tim’s wife, Sue, she’s lovely and likes a little comfort and Tim thinks she deserves it.

It’s a common story but one that is difficult to resolve and that is why Tim went to Andy Dovell with the idea of the MotherShip. A boat designed for mothers to be used all year round. A boat that is comfortable, very stable and has enough toys on it to keep the children and their guests occupied.

Tim like sails but his wife (because there can be some shouting) doesn’t, so going for the eco option of solar powered electric motors with a back up diesel is a great compromise. It’s quiet, green and easy on the pocket. And that is something every family man appreciates these days.

Andy Dovell – Naval Architect

Andrew_DovellComfort, style, efficiency, value for money, family friendly, eco friendly and heaps of fun were all words used in the brief to Naval Architect Andy Dovell. We were looking for a boat that would be a real alternative to a beach house and something that could be used all year round.

Andy’s credentials as a Naval Architect are well known in the industry and include 5 America’s Cups, the design of over 50 prestigious yachts and cruisers including the stately Palm Beach.

Andy’s responses was a houseboat that in fact wasn’t a houseboat. She is sleek, sea-worthy and has very elegant lines. She has a top speed of over 10 knots and enough storage space to keep a sailing dinghy and 2 sea kayaks.

The MotherShip is driven by solar powered electric motors that are backed up by a diesel generator. It means motoring is quiet and inexpensive. A real win win situation.

Rick Marks – Non-Executive Director

Rick-Marks-185x215Rick has a 45 year background in banking, finance and commercial activities and was previously the General Manager, Commercial for Avnet Australia. Rick had overall responsibility for credit management, banking relationships and financing facilities, contract and property lease negotiations and managing legal adviser relationships.

Rick was also responsible for the assessment of merger and acquisition opportunities as well as other business development initiatives. Prior to entering into the IT industry in 2005, Rick worked within the Australian commercial banking sector with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for over 35 years. His roles with the Bank included Senior Relationship Executive Institutional Banking, Executive Manager Corporate and Business Banking and Senior Manager Loans Head Office.

Rick’s primary interests are his family, collecting classic cars, historic motor racing and music. He enjoys all water activities and has embraced the solar concept wholeheartedly. He provides a balanced, commercial approach and guiding hand to the Mothership enterprise.