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Why do business with us?

Because we not only KNOW boats, we LOVE boats. We’re a small, family owned brokerage company. We work very closely with our customers – we like to call it the “boatique” approach. Bigger is not always better.

See what our customers say that they experienced that makes us different!

Would you rather deal with a big, aggressive, one-dimensional company and maybe get lost in the crowd, or would you enjoy a more personal, friendly and customer focused approach from people that LOVE boats and boaties alike? We invite you to choose.

Where and What?

The spectacularly calm waters of the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay are the perfect location for NZ Boat Sales – a boat brokerage company offering a comprehensive range of services to a growing clientele worldwide.

Whether buying or selling a new or used yacht, launch or commercial vessel, we cordially invite you to contact us and experience the difference. We professionally and efficiently provide speedy marine insurance quotes, written boat valuations and arrange vessel deliveries worldwide.

Sales berths are also available in both Nelson and Picton. Contact us now to discuss your requirements. Experience what our customers are saying about us. Because we are smaller, customer focused business, we will try harder to solve your problem!

Our Stories

Steve Thomas “the tactician” has seen business go from strength to strength since the doors first opened as Optimum Marine & Shipbrokers at Nelson Marina. Steve’s Dad, Don Thomas, launched the business in 1993. With Don’s passing in 2013, Steve has now taken the reins. He likes to offer plenty of free information to help people make the best decisions when buying or selling boats. Steve trained in marine engineering after leaving school, before moving on to a career in theatre lighting. He still enjoys this as a hobby, along with cruising local waters in his classic launch “Seabird”.

Rob Webber has a very good knowledge of the commercial and recreational industry in NZ. He has been with NZ Boat Sales since 2010, and has been involved in the commercial fishing and mussel industry since the early 1980s. Rob also has experience in the commercial gear supply industry. Rob was bought up on the family farm at French Pass and  owned a number of boats both commercial and recreational, prior to joining NZ Boat Sales. Understanding the process of buying or selling is complex and he is very keen to assist clients with finding the right vessel.

Lin Ronald has extensive yachting and cruising experience. He built himself a 43ft yacht on the Timaru foreshore – a six year effort! He then pulled up the mainsail and sailed away on a lifelong adventure, including being shipwrecked on a deserted island for three weeks! He’s clocked up several thousand deep water sea miles under his own command and 20 years coastal chartering with his own sailboats, including starting up his own cruise business in Langkawi, Malaysia and moonlight chartering for six years in Thailand – skippering daily cruises for German, Japanese and other international guests.

Dean Hoare is a passionate Wellingtonian having a lifetime of boating experience in and around the Wellington region including his favourite place of all – the Marlborough Sounds. Over the years he has owned many boats, both power and sail. He currently enjoys cruising in his 14 metre launch “Infinito”. Dean is a member of the RPNYC and crews on a wild and wet racing trimaran.

If you are just thinking about buying a boat, or maybe selling your existing vessel, Dean will help make the whole process an easy and enjoyable one. Maybe you just want to talk to someone about anything to do with boats? Give Dean a call and he will point you in the right direction.

The Full Story

Over many years our NZ Boat Sales team have worked hard to build a network of extensive contacts (the herd) throughout the country and the world.

This means that if you are looking to buy or sell a new or used yacht, launch or commercial vessel we’re bound to know the right people. We also competently and quickly deal with insurance quotes, valuations and vessel deliveries. You can trust us to do the job right and we promise you won’t get lost in the crowd!
We recognise the purchase of a boat is, for the majority of people, an important investment. Not only a dollar investment, but an emotional investment. At NZ Boat Sales, our sales team follow a clear, step by step process –

Obtain a clear understanding of the clients’ requirements after getting to know them better.
Source and show appropriate boats for sale, then narrow down to a specific boat that suits the requirements exactly.
Culminates in the organisation and undertaking of a sea trial, pre-purchase structural, mechanical and equipment inspections and checks.
Emphasis is placed on ensuring all new owners are comfortable with the buying process and eventual operation and handling of their newly purchased craft.

What Our Clients Say

NZ Boat Sales enjoy a high level of return business from satisfied clients and place emphasis on building relationships based on trust and honesty. You only have to read the testimonials spread around this website to understand why.

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