Mondo Marine Services is a family owned business that offers a wide variety of services that covers both boat repair and maintenance of all types of marine vessels. We cover the greater Tampa Bay, Sarasota and Bradenton area but can service most of central and southern Florida and beyond when needed. We service all types of boats from oil changes to full retrofits and new construction, but the company specialty is sail and power catamarans.
The Beginning Of Mondo Marine LLC
Owner Rian Mondriaan, (pronounced Reon – like neon), grew up in South Africa and started work on his first project boat at the age of six as his Dad’s assistant. Since that day he has never stopped tinkering with anything motorized on or off the water. His dad also put him on his first sail boat, a friend’s Vickers 41, for a club race during a winter storm. That was all he needed to realize that the idea of working on boats after he finished school had some merit. Rian then worked his way around the world doing what any young surfing sailor would like to do; follow summer for 5 years. 80,000 blue water miles later, including 6 transatlantic deliveries of various models of South African built catamarans, Rian began to look for a way to apply his practical experience and sailing knowledge working for builders. Quality control, training deliveries with owners, warranty repairs and boat shows all led to Rian spending more and more time in the States and eventually meeting his future wife at a boat show there.
At the Miami Boat Show in 2007, Rian helped a boat owner get a cranky display boat running and that led to his next work opportunity. The happy boat owner contacted builders Dan and Sarah Even and told them he had found someone they needed to have working for them. Several interviews later, Rian joined Manta Catamarans in Sarasota as the their General Manager. It was at this first post where he eliminated hundreds of wasted man hours in all aspects of the catamaran build by streamlining production and modernizing portions of the design.
Mondo Marine – Catamaran Boat Building and Repair
When Manta sold, the Mondriaans decided that the best way to build and repair boats the right way was to do it their way and Mondriaan Marine LLC was born. The difficult to pronounce Dutch name and heritage led to the working moniker of Mondo and the company’s signature orange shirts. While Mondo Marine Services will work on pretty much any pleasure craft, the real experience and focus is on catamarans. This experience led to one of the company’s first really big jobs, the completion of the sail cat Restless, a Fusion 40 kit boat that had stalled out mid build for owners Jim and Carolyn Noland. While it is never easy to complete a project started elsewhere, “Restless” is a beautiful boat that Mondo is very proud of having had a hand in creating.
The Nolands and their boat were the starting point of Mondriaan Marine becoming agent and builder for the Fusion line in the USA and North America, with power cat “Toes in the Water” recently delivered to her owners the Bijous and sail cat “XYZZY” under construction for Deb and Dennis Jansma. As a platform the Fusion 40 delivers great looks and handling while allowing owners many options normally found only in a full custom build with matching custom price tag. Mondriaan Marine is proud to represent this line and has developed custom modifications inside and out to suit the American market. These are now available to clients that have not been able to find a catamaran that fits their wants and needs until they discover the Fusion.
Mondriaan Marine LLC is a National Marine Manufacturers Association member and participant in their Boat Builders Certification Program which ensures use of American Boat& Yacht Council standards in build practices. We are also an ABYC member and participate in many of their certification programs to ensure we build the best possible boats. These groups are dedicated to elevating US boat manufacturing in both safety and performance in the absence of strong federal regulation of the industry and work hand in hand with Washington and the U.S. Coast Guard to achieve those goals. Mondriaan Marine is a registered manufacturer with the U.S.C.G. and will deliver a completed Fusion or other custom build with certificate of origin and hull ID number as per regulations.
If you are seeking professional marine services or want to have a custom catamaran built the right way in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota or Bradenton area, you can’t go wrong with Mondo Marine Services – great service at the right price.