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Meet James Fisher, Snakeboard inventor and South Africa’s leading shipbuilder

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James Fisher is the CEO of Nautic Africa, a leading shipbuilder and maritime service provider.

James Fisher founded Nautic Africa in 2008 without a cent; today it has an order book of over R600 million and no debt.

James Fisher’s Nautic Africa recently delivered the first of four armoured vessels fitted for weaponry to a Nigerian customer.

James Fisher is the inventor of the Snakeboard, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Before Nautic Africa; James Fisher manufactured GT40 and Shelby Cobra race cars.

Scroll down to listen to (or watch) the interview for more detail.

My entrepreneurial flair started after school in a desperate attempt to earn some money.

James Fisher, Nautic Africa

Snakeboard was my first successful invention. The goal was to create something that could make a million. The breakthrough was that it enabled you to go up a hill. We had so much fun! It took on a life of its own. It’s a product that pulled us through. I was trying to create wealth offshore with the Snakeboard; so I moved to the US and we listed in the UK. My adventure with the Snakeboard ended when I decided to return to South Africa.

James Fisher, Nautic Africa

Nautic has grown over a hundred percent every year. We’ve created an industry that, largely, didn’t exist in this country.

James Fisher, Nautic Africa

We are unashamedly Africa-centric. We understand the maritime conditions all over Africa.

James Fisher, Nautic Africa

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