Smuggler Marine Buys Bonito Boats
Smuggler Marine announces their recent purchase of Bonito Boats. This will ensure the continued production of this well known and loved range of fibreglass trailer boats. The range includes the Chico 485, Profisher 535, the very popular Profisher 585 range, the Kingfisher 635 and Calais 685.
With over 50 years of production in NZ these excellent boats have been well proven in both NZ and overseas.
As a team Smuggler Marine are excited about this new direction and venture and we look forward to producing many more of these great boats.
Please contact us for further details
Smuggler Stealth Wins Again
The Smuggler Stealth 695 Sport won best fishing boat Fibreglass 6-7metres at the 2009 Hutchwilco boat show. The judges commented on the exceptional finish and accessories on this boat.
Peoples Choice Award
Smuggler Marine were recently awarded the Propeller Magazine People’s Choice award at the 2007 New Zealand Boat Show for the new Smuggler Stealth 720XS.
This award is voted for by visitors to the show at the Auckland Showgrounds, who pick their favourite boat of the show.
The Smuggler Stealth 720Xs also won the New Zealand Boat Show award for best boat in the All Purpose 6-7m category. This is the second year in a row in this category for the Smuggler Stealth – with the 695 model winning the same award in 2006.
Smuggler Marine wins Boat of the Show All Purpose 6-7 Metres Awarded at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show 06.06.2006
Smuggler Marine wins two 2006 BNZ Waitakere Business Awards
Smuggler Marine: Press Release: 15 May 2006
Smuggler Marine would like to announce their success in the 2006 BNZ Waitakere Business Awards. The company won two awards – one for Best Emerging/Small Business, and another for Product Design and Development.
Directors Pauline and David Pringle are delighted with the results, ‘The recognition for years of hard work developing the Smuggler range of boats is awesome, and it’s a great thrill seeing our dreams come to reality,’ says David.
The awards entry process has given them an opportunity to analyse their business and look objectively at their short and long term goals. They are looking forward to continued growth and success.
Director David Pringle began building boats at the age of 14, building Sabot racing dinghies. He served his apprenticeship with Salthouse Brothers at Greenhithe, internationally known for exceptional boat building standards.
David built new custom boats for clients for many years, some projects by himself, others with boat building acquaintances. He could fix anything, with clients coming to him for all kinds of boat building needs. The business slowly grew into David Pringle Boat Builders, his wife Pauline joined the business full time in 2002.
The company changed its name to Smuggler Marine Ltd to coincide with the launch of the first new Smuggler Stealth 695 Hard top in 2004. This signalled a change of company direction to include the Smuggler range of boats. The range has increased since 2004 to include the Strata range of RIBs from 4-11metres, as well as the iconic Bonito Boats, purchased in mid 2009.
The Pringle family enjoy all forms of boating life including sailing, racing yachts, diving, fishing, and water sports. Over 30 years boat building experience and this boating background from both directors, gives clients great confidence.