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?
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.
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