Photo by Kageaki Smith
Shipshape: Rigging work gets underway on the Octavia.
Photo by Kageaki Smith Shipshape: Rigging work gets underway on the Octavia.

World-class sail maker Ocean Sails is now the exclusive dealer of Raymarine on the island.

Ocean Electronics, the electronics arm of the company, has secured a dealership with the global brand.

Suzanne Hollis, co-owner of Ocean Sails Custom Canvas & Upholstery / Doyle Bermuda with husband Steven, said: “Raymarine are the world leaders in marine electronics, continually advancing technology in the field and constantly winning awards for innovation.

“For years our transient yachts would pull into Bermuda needing a marine electronics service, repairs or replacement instruments.

“With the limited service available and the lack of on-island expertise it was a natural decision that Ocean Sails would take on becoming Bermuda’s Raymarine dealer.”

Somers Kempe is the company’s certified Raymarine technician.

“With Somers’ extensive boating experience coupled with his IT background, it was ideal for him to head Ocean Electronics,” said Mrs Hollis.

Ocean Sails was founded in 1971. The renowned sail loft offers canvas, upholstery and sail/rigging expertise.

Mr Hollis has been at the helm since 1980 and is consistently rated the best sailmaker on the island.

He has the skills for any ‘yachts in need’ and is on hand to troubleshoot and provide technical advice.


Mrs Hollis said: “We are internationally recognized and have done custom upholstery and canvas jobs for some of the finest yachts in the world.

“We have fabricated the largest canvas job in the world for a 300-foot steam yacht that was being refitted in Germany, using 18,000 square foot of canvas.

“We are also in the finishing stages of fabricating the awnings for the classic 200 foot schooner, Adix.

“We fly to where the boat is, do the measurements and drawings, fabricate the canvas here and then ship the goods. We then fly in to fit the work.

“My husband is one of the last generations of the old-time sail makers and is highly sought after for his craftsmanship.”

Ocean Sails also creates canvas architecture, such as awnings, for commercial clients.

It also produces marine upholstery, stainless steel fittings and rigging.


Ocean Sails, 60 Water St, St George’s. Call 297-1008 or e-mail See