Dean & Stacey Wilkes

Owners & Operators

Managing Director Dean Wilkes is originally a Sheet Metal Engineer by trade, completing his 4.5 year apprenticeship here in Invercargill, where he met his wife Stacey. He began his boat building career on a working holiday in Australia 25 years ago and has never looked back. He has built ferries, 30-60 foot fishing boats, pontoon boats and other commercial crafts.

Dean and Stacey travelled the world extensively before returning home to start a family which now consists of daughters Anastasia, Arielle and Raquel and son Lachlan. Lachlan is employed after school at Image Boats continuing the family feel of the business. Stacey works in the retail arm Pleasure and Marine, and Anastasia and Arielle also make lures for the shop to fund raise for extracurricular activities.

Dean was brought up on or near the water, his family holidays include memories of water skiing, fishing and camping. Traditions he and Stacey have continued with their own family.

Dean and Stacey have been blessed with a lot of family support in the start up and running of Image Boats Ltd. Dean’s father Ron can often be found joining Dean on the long trek up the country delivering boats and attending boat shows. In the early days Stacey’s father Davey was heavily involved in the construction of the boats, and would often be there till 2am helping out. Davey also worked in the workshop up until recently and is still available when ever Dean needs a helping hand.

A Wilkes family tradition is the annual Christmas tour, where all six members travel the South Island in the latest Demonstrator boat. The dates and locations are advertised as the boat is available for viewing and test drives. Not only is it a great family holiday, it also shows the versatility of a boat being able to comfortably house a large family for a month.

Dean & Stacey Wilkes