DEALER FOCUS – HONDA MARINE HARARE

DEALER FOCUS – HONDA MARINE HARARE

Hayden Barber, Dealer Principal of Honda Marine Harare

With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the Southern African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland and across the border, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Harare. Here we find ourselves in discussion with Hayden Barber, the Dealer Principal at Honda Marine Harare.

Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
I looked at all the options and chose Honda because of their vision and history of offering the best reliability amongst all of the manufacturers. I was also totally impressed by their levels of service excellence to both their dealers and the overall customer base, and that’s a scarce resource in this day and age, so to be part of the Honda brand and the Honda experience was always my first choice.

Honda Marine gaining rapid ground in Southern Africa

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
Honda Marine Harare, better known in Zimbabwe circles as H20 Mechanix, has been in operation for many years, but we’ve only been operating as a Honda Marine dealer for the last 12 months.

 

Boat manufacturing facility at Honda Marine Harare

Meet the Team at the Dealership
At this stage Honda Marine Harare is primarily a production facility where we build a number of varying-sized boats under the ‘Raptor’ banner, all of which are now powered by Honda outboard engines. To assist me, I have a staff compliment of 9 laminators/ polishers and 3 steel specialists.

With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
As a manufacturer of boats, we build a number of different ‘Raptor’ boats to suit specific local and Southern African market conditions.

Raptor 820 Centre Console

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
The most popular boat packages in Zimbabwe are 17 to 23 foot monohull boats for tiger and bream fishing.
In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
My workshop specializes in the manufacturing of boats as well as trailer repair work together with stainless steel welding and fabrication work.

Raptor 820 Centre Console and Forward Console boats at the recent Durban International Boat Show

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
We are involved with 2 major players in terms of the supply of top quality navigational equipment, namely Garmin and Lowrance. These are the navigational products that my clients prefer.

Garmin and Lowrance are Honda Marine Harare's navigational equipment suppliers of choice

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
I do offer call out services to all my clients both locally but also in Mozambique. Being a manufacturer of my own products, as well as being a Honda Marine agent, I’m prepared at all times to travel wherever to sort out all my clients individual servicing and other needs.

The awesome Raptor 490 powered by twin Honda BF40's - Hull design by Galloping Naartjie

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
As primarily a manufacturing facility we are still growing the retail side of our operation step by step, however our local network is very much in place and we’re strongly marketing the advantages of our RAPTOR range of boats to an enthusiastic market throughout South Africa, having a strong presence at all the national boat shows. Over time we will strive to offer all our customers a ‘happy’ boating experience both with our locally manufactured boats as well as with the Honda 4-stroke technologically advanced outboard engines.

Raptor 820 Centre Console - Hull design by Galloping Naartjie

Dealership Contact Details – HONDA MARINE HARARE
Hayden Barber
Tel.: +263 712211933
E-mail: Hondamarineharare@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Honda Marine Polokwane
With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Polokwane. Here we find ourselves in discussion with Kowie Roux, the Dealer Principal at Honda Marine Polokwane.

Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
Having been involved with the Honda brand through motorcycles and power products since 1975, it seemed only logical that when the opportunity arose, especially at a time when the 4-stroke marine market started to totally dominate over the old and environmentally-unfriendly 2-stroke technology that we should upgrade our existing non-Honda marine operation (started 1980) with Honda marine products.

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
We’ve been operating as a Honda Marine dealer since 2009, having now established our Polokwane outlet as a one-stop Honda shop when it comes to Marine, Motorcycles and Power Products, allowing us to give all our customers throughout the whole region a comprehensive Honda experience in terms of quality products, technical support and excellent service.

Meet the Team at the Dealership

Kowie Roux  –  DP

Nicolette Caldeira  –  Sales Manager
Bosman Brink  –  Sales Rep
Harry Mailula  –  Spares Manager

George Fisher  –  Honda Technician
With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
In previous years the Scimitar range of boats proved to be very popular, but now we work very closely with Austral Marine/ Angler Boats in Durban where their well-known and highly reputable Panache range is still proving to be the speedboat selection of choice.

Panache 1750 powered by a Honda BF115HP

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
We cater mainly for the leisure market, with the Panache 1750 and 1850 models powered by the bigger horsepower Honda outboards being the most in demand. We’re also slowly but surely converting the big horsepower 2-stroke market (150 to 200HP) across to Honda’s advanced 4-stroke technology and all the major advantages that it brings.

We’re also involved with a similar project taking place 65kms outside Polokwane on the Ebenezer Dam, where some 55+ rafts are moored up, the majority fitted with old 2-stroke engines. To show just what the Honda outboards can do, we’ve now rigged a couple of these rafts with BF40HP and BF50HP engines respectively, and over time we’re confident that many raft owners will see the light and convert to Honda 4-stroke technology.

Advanced 4-stroke technology from the Honda BF40HP outboard

In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
Our main focus lies in the rigging of all our new boat packages, as well as the servicing of Honda outboards. We also service other outboard brands and all makes of Jetskis having established a strong and loyal customer base throughout the Limpopo Province over the last 30 years which we’ll continue to fully support.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
We stock a range of Honwave (Honda-manufactured) inflatables, as well as a wide array of products from CMH (Waterworld), Rutherford Marine and Zero. These consist of Connelly skis and inflatable tubes, life jackets, ski ropes, wake boards and knee boards to name but a few…

Waterskiing from a Honda BF90HP powered RIB

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
Based on a specific customer’s individual preference and needs, we’ll order the appropriate unit, but we don’t as such carry any stock, obviously our location also has much to do with there being minimal demand for marine navigational equipment.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
We are able to deal with all manner of customer emergencies and problems throughout the Province, charging R400.00 plus VAT p/hour for both the work to be carried out and for the actual travel time spent on the road.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
We are constantly striving to offer our loyal customer base which has been built up over 30 years with a pleasurable Honda experience whether it be Motorcycles, Power Products, or over the last 3 years, Marine. From the moment you purchase a Honda product from us, you become part of our Honda Polokwane family and we’ll make every effort to look after you through what will hopefully be a long and enjoyable journey. What’s more, we’ll continue to support our previous non-Honda outboard owners with servicing, repairs and the speedy sourcing of parts that can often prove to be such a nightmare.

Come and discuss your boating requirements with our friendly staff

Whatever your Honda product requirement, please come and discuss your exact needs with our friendly staff and let them find the right solution for you. We look forward to seeing you at the shop…

Dealership Contact Details: HONDA MARINE POLOKWANE/ KR MOTORCYCLES

Tel:  015 297 3292/4
Cell:  083 450 3300 – Kowie (Dealer Principal)
Cell:  083 720 9865 – Nicolette
E-mail: honda@jump.co.za

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Honda Marine Pinetown
With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Pinetown. Here we find ourselves in discussion with Marcel Kageler, the Dealer Principal at Honda Marine Pinetown.
Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
In 2007 we became the first dealership in KZN to sell Honda outboards, as more than anything we wanted to give our customers a product that first and foremost offered outstanding reliability, combined with great performance and fuel efficiency, based on the demanding conditions found on the KZN coastline. Overseas the Honda 4-stroke engine line-up has become the outboard of choice and here in South Africa its made huge inroads in a short period of time, so our decision to go for Honda was an easy one.

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
In 2006 we started out rigging Honda outboard engines onto the exclusive Honda Marine range of boats that were then delivered to dealers all around the country. Then in 2007 we formalized things and started the dealership and then in April 2008 we launched our current showroom.

Meet the Team at the Dealership
Marcel Kageler – Dealer PrincipalVaughn Lees – Sales
Gareth Lees – Admin
Gareth Marshal – Workshops
Sebastian Wilkinson – Parts and Warrantees
With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
We’re currently involved with a number of boat manufacturers such as AquaQuad, Tomcat, C-Ski, Catskee, Feral Inflatables and Ace Boats, all of whom have a big part to play in terms of supplying both suitable offshore fishing and leisure craft for our specific coastal conditions.

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
Certainly the offshore cats fitted with twin mounts are the most popular, but we’re now also doing a lot of Commercial boat re-powers where the owners have now recognized the superior advantages of Honda 4-stroke technology and want to upgrade. We also sell a lot of spearfishing and light tackle offshore boats.

In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
The workshop is primarily involved with rigging and servicing, maintenance and re-powering, where we replace existing engines with more efficient Honda power, all with a view to improving the customer’s on-water experience.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
Based on our location, leisure accessory opportunities are few and far between, however what we do have in stock is all from the Obrien stable. What our customers need most is proper fishing equipment, so to satisfy this demand we have our own fishing shop on the premises combined with our well supported fishing-themed pub.

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
At this stage Lowrance supplies all our navigational equipment. Their product line-up suits our specific needs and we find their ability to supply product and after sales support to be very quick, professional and effective.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
We do call outs and offer back-up on all our own rigged boats that have been handed over to customers.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
We try and offer all our customers great service, culminating in the best overall on-water solution for their individual boating needs. From initial advice and guidance to the handover of their new boat to servicing and back-up, their experience throughout must be an enjoyable one. We look forward to welcoming to our premises all those looking for that specific boating solution.

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Dealership Contact Details – HONDA MARINE PINETOWN
Tel.: 031-7016106/7016110
Fax: 031-7016079
E-mail: admin@hondamarinekzn.com, sales@hondamarinekzn.com
Website: www.hondamarinekzn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honda Marine Durban
With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Durban. Here we find ourselves in discussion with the Dealer Principal, Craig Wilson.
Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
Having already established a successful signage business called ‘Galloping Naartjie’, I wanted to extend our business operations and based on my love of marine and with my premises based at the wharf in Durban, an additional marine business seemed the most logical route to follow. With Honda as the fastest growing outboard engine brand in South Africa and with no Honda Marine outlets in Durban itself, a tie-up with Honda was always going to be first prize. Apart from Honda being the premier brand of outboard engines in the world, they are also the largest engine manufacturer globally offering phenomenal quality, reliability and performance throughout all their various product and model ranges, and I wanted to be a part of that.

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?

Don Jarratt (Angler Boats),Yoshiaki Nakamura (President of Honda Motor Southern Africa) and Craig Wilson (Dealer Principal of Honda Marine Durban) at the Opening

We had our opening back in September 2011, so we’re a relatively new dealer, however the local Durban market has really accepted both us and the arrival of the much-awaited advanced technology Honda Marine products.

With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
We have over a very short period of time built up a strong relationship with Don Jarratt at Austral Marine/ Angler Boats, particularly with regard to the Panache range as well as some of the Benguela and Odyssey units. We’ve also just tested a centre-console Surfmaster 720 CAT powered by 2 x Honda BF90’s which we’re now going to market and sell, a boat built by Pitts Marine in Pietermaritzburg for which we have the exclusive sales rights.

Surfmaster 720 powered by 2 x Honda BF90HP outboards

What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
Our main focus revolves around offshore fishing vessels, however we also supply a lot of speed boats for inland waters and watersport usage.

In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
We offer a wide range of Workshop services ranging from the servicing of Honda outboard engines to the in-house rigging of Honda-powered boat packages. We also offer additional services including fibreglass repairs, the cleaning and polishing of boats, together with boat launches and retrievals.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
We have a full range of leisure accessories on display from skis to wakeboards to fishing rods and reels, hopefully catering for all the individual application needs of our specific customer base. As mentioned earlier we also run a dynamic signage company where we offer a number of varied products from Boat Wraps to Vehicle Wraps, Canvasses, Wallpapers and Banners, so please check out what’s available at: www.gallopingnaartjie.co.za

With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
We deal primarily with Lowrance with whom we have established a fantastic relationship in terms of product availability, display and after sales support. To this end Lowrance offers quick navigational solutions to all our boating package requirements.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
We do go on call-outs with these fees then obviously being dependent on the distance we have to travel and on the work that needs to be carried out, all of which is communicated directly with each and every customer.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
We are very proud of our association with Honda Marine and despite the difficult economic times, we are confident that our association with South Africa’s fastest growing outboard engine brand will go from strength to strength. So whatever your boating needs please give us a call or pop into the shop and share in one of our infamous cups of coffee…

Dealership Contact Details – HONDA MARINE DURBAN

Tel.: 031 305 8735
Cell: 082 880 3111
E-mail: craig@hondamarinedbn.co.za
Website: www.hondamarinedbn.co.za

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Honda Marine Port Shepstone
With each Newsletter we’ll be introducing you to the Honda Marine Dealer Network, letting you know where your nearest Honda Marine dealer is situated and also giving you background into how Honda Marine has been able to so effectively establish itself in the South African market.

Working our way around the coast and then inland, we’re now heading off to Honda Marine Port Shepstone. Here we find ourselves in discussion with Robert Alldred who looks after the Sales and Technical side of the operation.
Why did you choose Honda in terms of wanting to be a Marine dealer?
Honda is the premier brand of outboard engines in the world. As a company, they are the largest engine manufacturer globally and based on their phenomenal quality, reliability and performance throughout all their various product and model ranges, the name Honda just speaks for itself, so the decision to tie-up with Honda was an easy one.

How long have you been a Honda Marine dealer?
We opened up our doors for trading in December 2010, and since then we haven’t looked back as the Honda Marine brand just goes from strength to strength.

Meet the Team at the Dealership
Jaco Englebrecht – Branch Manager and Sales
Robert Alldred – Sales and Technical

With what Boat Manufacturers do you have direct tie-ups?
We do not have any direct ties to any boat builders and will source any boat from any builder based on what the customer wants.
What types of Boat Packages are most popular in your area?
We are able to offer the customer whatever boat package will best suit his individual application and overall needs, however being based at Port Shepstone on the South Coast, we find that the biggest demand is for larger offshore boats fitted with twin Honda BF50HP up to twin BF90HP outboards.

In what main areas does your Workshop specialise?
We off a wide range of Workshop services ranging from the servicing of Honda outboard engines as well as other makes, to fiberglass repairs, the overhauling of and repairs to all makes of outboards, the rigging of all types of boats and outboards, the cleaning and polishing of boats, together with on-site repairs and servicing.

With which Leisure Accessory companies are you involved?
We don’t carry a wide range of watertoys as we are primarily a major fishing area. We do carry some tubes and ski ropes, otherwise if a customer has a specific leisure accessory need, then we’ll order it from Rutherford Marine.
With which Navigational Equipment companies are you involved?
We have built up good working relationships with both Lowrance and Furuno for whom we are the local suppliers and agents. They offer a comprehensive range of products which give navigational solutions to all our boating package requirements.
Do you offer sell Canoes/ Kayaks
There is very little requirement for canoes and kayaks in our local waters, so at this stage we don’t offer them. The majority of our customers prefer to be in bigger boats with some Honda power to propel them.

In the case of Customer Emergencies or Problems, do you offer a Call-Out service?
We do go on call-outs as we have a large number of commercial boats that are just too large to bring into the workshop. These call-out fees are then obviously dependent on the distance we have to travel and on the work that needs to be carried out, all of which is communicated directly with each and every customer.

Do you have a specific message for the readers?
As mentioned earlier, Honda is the premier brand of outboard engines and is both the leader and the original founder of four-stroke outboard technology. Honda has an incredible reliability and performance record which is something that we want to share with both our existing and our future potential customer base. So whatever you boating package need, please contact Jaco or myself at Honda Marine Port Shepstone.

Dealership Contact Details – HONDA MARINE PORT SHEPSTONE
Tel.: 039-6843780
Fax: 039-6843781
E-mail: marinesales.robert@gmail.com
Website: www.hondamarineportshepstone.com

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