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 with Larry Carlson at WildCat Propellers to get more
propeller optimization 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 optimization 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 been lost.
However time proved the advantage
still remained and, one year later Mark could hardly believe
how busy he was and in October 2001 he took delivery of
a second Prop Scan system.
This 'inexperienced' Prop Scan
technician is solving problems in propellers made by
some of the most experienced traditional propeller manufactures
in both the USA and Canada, much to the delight of the boat owners
serving. Propeller Solutions is on track for further expansion.
Mark Shotton worked for an air-conditioning
company before this and had no propeller experience.