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A whole lot of floating fun

As an island nation, we love the water, and there’s so much fun to be had on our oceans and lakes. Adding a boat to the family can make for some  long-lasting memories writes KINETA BOOKER.

It’s a memory etched in my mind from the mid-1980s – out in a two-man row boat and catching the largest fish of the season at Lake Alexandrina with my Aunty Dalma. The photo is long gone, but how I felt as a smiling six-year-old – struggling to hold that trophy fish up, is a moment I will never forget. And, that blue boat helped create that memory – and it’s still in the family, at the bach, to this very day.

That’s the thing about boats – they last for many years, and being out on the water is a great way to spend a family holiday. When the weather is sunny and the days are long, there is nothing better than the sound of laughter as the kids jump off the boat into the water, or enjoy a quiet fish off the side.

Mr Boats, the South Island’s leading marine retailer, has helped thousands of families create those special memories, and adding a boat to your family is more affordable than you might think.

“We proudly promote ourselves as your one-stop boat shop. Whether you’re looking for a great-quality second-hand family boat or a brand new 24ft fishing machine, we can help find the boat to suit your needs.” says Mr Boats’ General Manager Andrew de Lautour.

When a new customer visits one of Mr Boats’ sales yards, they usually have an idea of where they want to take their boat. Whether it’s to Marlborough Sounds, Lake Brunner, or out onto the ocean, Mr Boats has a vessel to suit any environment and every budget.

“We’ve all heard the saying ‘A family who plays together, stays together.’ And it’s true,” Andrew says.

“Our customers are the most fun-loving – because they’re out on the water, one of the happiest places on earth! We are always delighted to help people achieve their dream of owning their own boat, and creating new memories with their families and friends.”


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