Bays Boating was started in 2004 by Dave Thorn in his parent's hop shed in the Motueka Valley.

It has since grown to be the region’s largest marine retail and service centre, now employing over ten staff. 

New Zealand’s best boating brands for sale in Motueka

Bays Boating works with some of the top brands in New Zealand boating and water sports including Stabicraft, McLay, Fi-Glass, Haines Hunter, Honda and Mercury

Our dedication to the brands has seen Bays Boating awarded McLay Dealer of the Year, two years in a row, and most recently, the first South Island dealership to become a Mercury Premier Service Centre.

Offering a state-of-the-art marine repair workshop & service centre

In 2019, Bays Boating opened a spacious new showroom and purpose-built workshop where there are five mechanics on-hand to service and repair your boat. In 2016, Bays Boating became part of Boating & Outdoors in New Zealand; the largest marine buying group, so we can offer a huge range of boating accessories at great prices.

Owner and Marine Technician

Dave Thorn

In 1997 Dave started his powerboat servicing apprenticeship and in 2004, he started Bays Boating from a Hop Shed …
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Jordan Robb Showroom Manager Bays Boating
Showroom Manager

Jordan Robb

Jordan comes from a marine background, having worked on ships for over ten years. With qualifications in the marine …
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Sales Manager

Vic Taylor

With the best brands in boating and 17 years of experience in marine retail, Vic is your go-to if …
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Service & Parts Manager

Paul Holden

Paul is a qualified automotive mechanic, with several years in management roles. Naturally, he has a great understanding of …
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Brendan McCauley Marine Technician at Bays Boating
Marine Technician

Brendan McCauley

Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. He has a Trade Certificate in powerboat servicing …
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Brady Inwood Outboard Technician at Bays Boating
Marine Technician

Brady Inwood

Brady has been with Bays Boating since 2012, starting his apprenticeship in 2013. His positive energy and willingness to …
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Tim Kelly Mechanic at Bays Boating
Marine Technician

Tim Kelly

Tim has been with Bays Boating since 2013. He brings over 17 years of industry experience to his role, …
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Caroline (Cab) Chapman Administration at Bays Boating with her pet sheep

Caroline (Cab) Chapman

Cab joined the Bays Boating team in November 2018. She moved from England to New Zealand in 2003 and …
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Keaton Fry Apprentice at Bays Boating
Apprentice / Marine Technician

Keaton Fry

Keaton joined the Bays Boating crew in 2019 as an apprentice. He’s a passionate boatie. He’s worked on used …
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Marine Technician

Travis Brenssell

Travis is a fully qualified marine mechanic at level three and four. He brings over six years of experience …
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Finance Department

Alison Riley

Alison joined Bays Boating in May 2012. She’s great at customer service and loves getting people into boats and …
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