Sum­mer boat main­te­nance

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Spring is here, sum­mer is just around the cor­ner, and with this comes thoughts of spend­ing time out­doors. Noth­ing is more plea­sur­able un­der the sunny blue Cen­tral Otago skies than launch­ing the boat out on the water and en­joy­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties that this past-time brings. En­sur­ing the boat is ready and fully pre­pared for the in­evitable fine weather has al­ready meant many boat own­ers have taken their crafts into Steve’s Marine in Cromwell to un­dergo their an­nual ser­vice check over by the ex­pe­ri­enced staff on site. Steve and Linda Pope of Steve’s Marine say their goal is to keep peo­ple’s boats on the water and per­form­ing well. ‘‘Just be­cause a boat hasn’t been used for some time, doesn’t mean there is a lack of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, in the en­gine.’’ ‘‘Fuel and Oil sit­ting in the mo­tor for long pe­ri­ods of time can sep­a­rate and block fuel and oil lines, caus­ing very costly re­pairs,’’ Steve said. ‘‘Peo­ple of­ten think that be­cause their boat is go­ing all right, it doesn’t need a ser­vice.’’ Pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance is the key to has­sle free boat­ing. As with any mo­tor ve­hi­cle ser­vic­ing, the road test is very es­sen­tial, Boat ser­vic­ing is not com­plete with­out a water test, en­sur­ing cor­rect per­for­mance, mo­tor height, pro­peller choice, steer­ing con­di­tion, etc. etc. ‘‘This is all part of the High stan­dards we set and main­tain with our busi­ness and we pride our­selves on our thor­ough­ness.’’ Steve’s Marine has been in the marine in­dus­try for over 30 years and have a vast knowl­edge of all brands of boats, out­boards and stern­drives. Their fully equipped work­shop is ready to ser­vice your boat now. With Christ­mas com­ing up their re­tail shop is fill­ing up with lots of boat­ing ac­ces­sories, safety equip­ment and of course water toys. With con­sumers be­com­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious, Steve’s Marine spe­cialises in sales of Honda and Suzuki 4 Stroke Out­boards. Peo­ple are now fo­cus­ing on ease of use, lack of noise and of course very eco­nom­i­cal, 4 stroke out­boards are they way of the fu­ture. For those keen to take ad­van­tage of the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise from the team at Steve’s Marine, there is still am­ple time and op­por­tu­nity for new and ex­ist­ing cus­tomers to book their boat in for a thor­ough check up or even to re-power their boat to a new 4 Stroke Out­board in readi­ness for sum­mer. A free ‘pick up and de­liv­ery’ ser­vice is avail­able in Cromwell, with the busi­ness open five and a half days a week, and also by ap­point­ment mak­ing it con­ve­nient for clients who can’t make busi­ness hours. All good things come to those that wait, and that couldn’t be truer for hunt­ing and fish­ing en­thu­si­asts in the Cen­tral Otago re­gion with the Cromwell based Cen­tral Otago Hunt­ing and Fish­ing store open for busi­ness and of­fer­ing an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of goods for a va­ri­ety of out­door past-times. Owner Larry said that they pride them­selves on the ser­vice and ad­vice they give to their cus­tomers when they walk through their doors which have been open for nearly twelve months ‘‘We aren’t just a store which is there to sell stuff,’’ he said. ‘‘We are there to help and ad­vise, and are happy to pass on the lo­cal knowl­edge to our cus­tomers, from the va­garies of the fish­ing lo­ca­tions, to the sea­sonal changes which are ex­pe­ri­enced area.’’ Larry said that the Cen­tral Otago Hunt­ing and Fish­ing store is a ‘one-stop shop’ for every­thing to do with fish­ing – ex­cept for the boat. While there is noth­ing es­pe­cially in­no­va­tive for the up­com­ing fish­ing sea­son, Larry says that most of the gear in stock has been up­dated and im­proved, with the added bonus of be­ing cheaper than last sea­son be­cause of the NZ dol­lar ex­change rate. Add into this some ex­cit­ing deals such as the trolling Combo for boat fish­er­men, where the pur­chase of Rod, Reel and Lead­line as a pack­age, works out to be much cheaper than if buy­ing them in­di­vid­u­ally. With staff mem­bers who are very keen fish­er­men them­selves and as

in the pas­sion­ate about the out­doors as their cus­tomers, then the ad­vice which is read­ily avail­able is ex­ten­sive and sup­port­ive. Larry said this par­tic­u­larly helps cus­tomers to make the best pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions to suit all skill and age lev­els and fish­ing in­ter­ests. Add to this the store’s buy­ing power and great value-for­money deals, then the list of happy clients is ex­ten­sive. While the cur­rent fo­cus is on the up­com­ing fish­ing sea­son, the busi­ness also caters for other out­door in­ter­ests and forms an im­por­tant part of their busi­ness, with an ex­ten­sive range of essen­tials stocked for hunters, tram­pers and camp­ing en­thu­si­asts. This can be any­thing from boots and cloth­ing, freeze dried meals and gaze­bos through to tents. Larry says that their base in Cromwell also means they are cen­tral to all of Cen­tral Otago – from the Roxburgh district to the south through to Wanaka – as well as be­ing im­por­tant for those hol­i­day mak­ers that ven­ture into the area. Sup­port­ing lo­cal groups and in­di­vid­u­als is also an in­te­gral part of their busi­ness which Larry says they are de­lighted to do. Fish­ing Li­cence Of­fer – FREE Lim­ited Edi­tion Cap with adult or fam­ily full sea­son fish­ing li­cence pur­chases!

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