Yamaha dealer opens new service centre
Yamaha dealer KMO Marine Ltd has opened a Yamaha service centre in the new riverside office at Hamble Yacht Services in Port Hamble, near Southampton, UK.
With an established dealership in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, KMO says its new premises will enable it to expand the support network available to Yamaha outboard owners along the south coast.
KMO’s new 1,000sqft facility comprises a sales showroom and workshop, while a fully fitted van workshop has been set up to allow KMO engineers to carry out mobile servicing and maintenance of Yamaha outboards anywhere along the south coast.
“We’ve been working closely with Yamaha since we took over the business from Kevin Mole in 2021, and looking for ways for us to expand,” says Tom Wilson, managing director and joint owner of KMO Marine Ltd.
“We felt we could help Yamaha develop a stronger presence on the Hamble River, and with the new building at Hamble Yacht Services available and Yamaha excited to come onboard with us, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.
“The bridging of this gap was the perfect opportunity for us to expand our business and strengthen our relationship with Yamaha. Both KMO and Yamaha want to focus on bringing a more professional service to the marine industry. Our new premises, with full Yamaha showroom and workshop, will allow us to continue to do just that. We hope this will be the first of many Yamaha service centres under the KMO logo.”
KMO says it is also looking towards the commercial market to offer servicing and repowers to business owners, and has confirmed it has just signed an agreement with the UKSA on the Isle of Wight to supply Yamaha outboards for all its training, support RIBs and keel boats.
This new partnership will see KMO replacing half the fleet’s outboards in 2023, which includes 6hp Yamaha Portable outboards, 30hp and 40hp Yamaha Mid Power outboards and 115hp Yamaha High Power outboards. The remainder of the fleet will receive new Yamaha outboards in 2024.
Wilson continues: “It’s an honour to be working with such a great organisation. The UKSA does so much to encourage young people to enjoy sailing and on-water activities, as well as inspire the next generation of the marine industry.
“We’re looking forward to working with the team over the next couple of years to repower their fleet, ensuring they have reliable outboards and are ready for use by students and staff alike.
“With our new premises and our new partnership, 2023 has certainly started in a very positive way. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings.”