Canterbury Dealership Takes a Top Award at Auckland Show

Christchurch-based marine dealership Sports Marine Ltd has won an award for a 23-foot ‘unsinkable’ boat at the New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland.

Sports Marine won ‘Boat of the Show’ for all purpose boats between 6-7 metres for the Boston Whaler 230 Vantage.

As the only New Zealand dealer for Boston Whaler boats since 2006, Sports Marine is seeing increasing business as buyers appreciate the Boston Whaler brand.

“We’re delighted with the award, which demonstrates the quality of this boat and brand,” says Scott Williamson, Sports Marine’s Managing Director.

“Since its release, the 230 Vantage has been met with great acclaim, including an Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association in the United States,” he says.

“The beauty of this boat is that’s its truly multi-functional. It can be used for serious fishing, to offshore cruising, as well as water sports and entertaining.

“Boston Whaler is known around the world as a boating brand that is ‘unsinkable’. Combine this with the boat’s comfort, it’s a fantastic option for many customers,” Mr Williamson says.

Sports Marine has been the in the marine industry for 36 years. Based in Christchurch it has dealerships in Auckland and Sydney. More information at

Boston Whaler manufacture 30 models from 11-42 feet. More information at