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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
Tel: 015 297 3292/4
Cell: 083 450 3300 – Kowie (Dealer Principal)
Cell: 083 720 9865 – Nicolette