Smuggler Marine have confirmed the sale and delivery of five more of their Strata Amphibious models to New Zealand buyers.
The Smuggler Strata Amphibious models are growing in popularity with ‘Kiwi’ boaties with two 700 centre console models and a two 800 Mid Cabin going to buyers on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf in the past couple of months, while another Strata 700 Amphibious has gone to the Bay of Islands.
A further five amphibious Strata 800 models are currently in build at Smuggler’s Henderson factory and will be delivered in December and early in the new year.
The company also has a 430 Tender in build due to go to a superyacht in South Africa.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Smuggler has enjoyed a buoyant 2020, coming out of the lockdown periods in a strong position with increased levels of enquiry and confirmed sales.
“We are experiencing huge demand for our amphibious boats. Sales for amphibious Smugglers are currently outnumbering our standard non amphibious RIB by three to one,” says Smuggler Marine Managing Director, David Pringle.
“People are making their purchase decisions very quickly at the moment – partly due to travel restrictions with Covid-19 and combined with the ‘fear of missing out’. The boats have an excellent reputation on the water which people recognise and is why they are choosing our product over other brands.”
“In the past month we’ve sold one 700 model sight unseen until we delivered it to the buyer, and sold another 800 within an hour of the client coming to the factory.”
“We had a good year in 2019 with sales, and we’re predicting that 2020 will actually be better.”
With forward orders strong into 2021, Smuggler will commence development on a new model, a 10m Strata Amphibious.