It's been a busy first half of the year for long-time supporter of the NZ Millennium Cup, Smuggler Marine.
A growing number of superyachts around the globe have Smuggler tenders gracing their decks, and garages. Working with clients like S/Y Mondango, S/Y Janice of Wyoming, M/Y Diamond A and S/Y Imagine as well as yards and designers, captains and crew direct, the west Auckland-based company has established a reputation for excellent service, outstanding quality, on-time delivery and unparalleled confidence in product, with many customers coming back time and again. Feedback and reviews from clients and captains has always been glowing, which has translated to more Smuggler tenders on more superyacht decks. The world has become a very small place with the way we now communicate and move freight around the world, buying a tender from the other side of the world is now effortless.
The latest release is the Smuggler Strata 780 SS. Based on the incredibly well proven Strata 750 platform, the 780 SS is a bow rider-style RIB. Interior layout includes two side consoles, allowing for a walk -through screen to access the generous, protected, forward lounge area. With substantial cockpit space and luxurious seating options both forward and aft of the curved windscreen, the interior gives plenty of scope for customisation. The lower profile and sleek lines of the 780 have been styled for owners who appreciate performance and flexibility, while maintaining quality and understated class.
Another of our new tenders is the Smuggler 740SYT. Featuring a low deck profile, generous guest seating area and uncompromising quality, the 740SYT combines the best fixtures and fittings with streamlined elegance and simplicity. The first one was shipped to its new owners in UAE in June 2017, the owners had considerable input into the design layout and the result was stunning.
Smuggler Marine directors David and Pauline Pringle have recently appointed two key people to help run production and drive sales. Ash Weeks, who recently returned from overseas working on superyachts and is a qualified boat builder, has taken on the role of marketing and production.
Logan Pringle, a qualified builder, has an extensive background in boating having won the NZ national Thundercat racing champion title more than once. Logan has been around Smuggler Marine since he could walk, having helped at many boat shows over the years. Now working full-time, Logan is taking an active role in sales as well as looking after some of the more technical areas of production.
Recently Smuggler Marine opened a showroom warehouse where all new boats are housed. This facility is next door to the manufacturing facility, meaning clients are able to see boats under construction, as well as the finished product in a warm dry showroom when they come for a visit. "We encourage owners to be present throughout the build process and welcome visits to check progress. For our overseas clients, we send regular shots to show milestones and record progress."
About Smuggler Marine
Smuggler Marine is a boutique boat building business based in west Auckland, New Zealand, and dating back to 1986. Smuggler builds and sells a wide range of fibreglass tenders and family cruisers from 4.5 to 11.5 metres. factory direct. Our in-house design team and ability to custom-finish tenders gives owners, captains and crew unique choice and control to spec and build a craft that suits their individual requirements.
A superyacht regatta in one of the world's great natural playgrounds
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