Mark Shotton came to
Australia in May 1999 with a surfboard under his arm ready to
embark on a career as a Propeller Technician.
After completing the
Propeller Dynamics Advance Propeller Course in May 1999 he
returned to the East Coast of the United States, where he spent
a couple of weeks at WildCat Propellers to get more
propeller repair experience.
Next he packed his
belongings and left for San Diego. Propeller Solutions opened
its doors in October that same year. Prop Scan was at this
stage well established on the East Coast of the USA but on the
West Coast a lot of work had to be done to convince boat
owners that it was worth paying more for your propeller to be
repaired the Prop Scan way.
of Marks initial marketing methods was to point out that his
Electronic Propeller Inspection System was more than making up
for his lack of experience as it enabled him to repair
propellers very high levels of accuracy. In February 2000 his opposition bought a
Prop Scan Copy. Now they had both experience and Electronic
Propeller Inspection Equipment and Mark felt his advantage had
However time proved the
advantage remained and, one year on he can hardly believe how
busy he is. This "inexperienced" Prop Scan Technician
is resolving problems in propeller made by some of the most experienced
traditional propeller manufactures in both the USA and Canada,
much to the delight of the boat owners he is serving. Propeller
Solutions is on track for further expansion.
Mark Shotton worked for an
air-conditioning company before this and had no propeller