I have been personally dealing with Joe and his team at BlackPond Marine Consultants,  using their extensive combined knowledge of the marine industry for more than 16 years.

As the Captain of a 35mtr Super Yacht based on the Gold Coast, having the back-up of BlackPond Marine Consultants has been invaluable to me. Joe’s personal attention to detail combined with his vast hands on experience has made my position much easier. I know I can call on him for information from a minor issue to the most major of problems.

If he can’t do the job personally, he facilitates someone to take care of it for me.

If you are located in a remote location needing assistance a quick call or email and the team will be straight on the job. Anything from crew training, weather forecasting, arranging spare parts and getting them to you or even just some friendly support on the strangest of questions.

I can highly recommend him to anyone, making the running of their vessel a smooth and pleasurable experience.

Oh, and Joe always supplies the laughs for free!

Neville Hunt

MV Myway


“Having heard all the horror stories about buying a second hand boat, I contacted an old mate to see if he could take away some of the pain.  Joe did a complete survey of my selected vessel.  The comprehensive report I received was a micro-surgeons detail of the hidden problems I would face when returning the vessel to an operationally safe and mechanically sound condition.  Had I not sought Joe’s assistance, I would have faced considerable extra expense when the hidden problems were discovered.  Joe’s advice enabled me to negotiate a better purchase price that allowed for the re-fit to be undertaken.”

 Peter Cherry


Joe Akacich took control of leading WDR’s entire marine transhipping operation at a time of crisis and effectively transformed the business unit into a well organised and streamlined operation that delivered its required targets within a relatively short period of time.

 As an outstanding leader of men, Joe was able to achieve this significant task by:

– redefining the business unit vision and communicating this effectively throughout the business;

 – leading change within the organisation and effectively managing this process with employees, contractors and key stakeholders;

– developing the team and mentoring key staff; &

– taking responsibility for outcomes and delivering results.

Joe’s wealth of both technical and practical marine expertise was a significant asset to our business. 

 His unique ability to solve complex problems with simple solutions, when coupled with a strong worth ethic and unquestionable personal integrity, means  I would unreservedly recommend Joe to add value to any project or job he puts his mind too – whether marine related or not!


Mark Seatree


Western Desert Resources


Over the past 20+ years I have worked with Joe Akacich (AKA Black Joe) in many & varied aspects of the luxury yachting industry form refit, repair, construction, engineering & specifically of late the intimate one-on-one project management for Alaska Motor Yachts, Hampton Yachts, Endurance Yachts & other luxury yachts through our retail division & mother company Leigh-Smith Yachts.  He’s also an Accredited Marine Surveyor which ensures his ability to “sign off on works” offers peace of mind to an importer & builder alike.

His background & history with the luxury yacht market is extensive & invaluable when installing confidence to a new yacht owner, we have had numerous clients who have also engaged Black Joe as their own personal respective yacht management option ensuring contractors are punctual, works are accurate & most importantly the budget is adhered to.  More often than not its simply the ability to use Black as a sounding board which can help grow an owners skills & confidence allowing for a more enjoyable yachting experience on-board your vessel.

Ultimately Black offers a personal, one-on-one platform where no matter how technical or elementary the question is he will provide you with the right advice in a no nonsense format.

Kindest Regards

Dean Leigh-Smith

Principal Leigh-SmithYachts

(W) 07 5577 9200

(M) 0408 758887

(E) Dean@LSYachts.com.au

(W) www.LSYachts.com.au