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The Novatex/Option Marine Story

Celebrating 15 years in business this year, Ross Wilkie established Novatex in 2004 after many years in the industry – kicking off with a motor trimming apprenticeship in the 80s and following that with a period spent running his own trim shop. And it’s those formative years that give Novatex its edge. As a former trimmer himself, Wilkie has a great understanding for what motor trimmers are looking for by way of quality and workability of materials. When you add
them all together, his staff have over 100 years of experience in the field.

Three years ago Wilkie came across an opportunity too good to pass up – buying Option Marine from its original owners Paul and Phil Baker. The Bakers
had built the company after visiting the US and being inspired by the marine fabrication industry there. Option Marine was a way for them to share the high cost of the MOQ (minimum order quantity) items they wanted to access with other trimmers and fabricators. Today, with keen boat enthusiast and angler Wilkie at the helm, Option Marine is constantly adding new products and improving existing ones.

The company invests in new tooling, while manufacturing many of its own fittings and PVC sail track. Brands carried include Sunbrella, Sattler, WeatherMax, StrataGlass, Lenzip, StayPut and more. With a brand new website, Wilkie is inviting mailing list sign-ups. Visit to find out more.  


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