Come on in and park your, er, boat

What bids do I hear for one lux­ury boat­shed?

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

It has been a labour of love for two Porirua mates, but the time has come to part ways with their dis­tinct in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a Pare­mata boat­shed.

Brian McNamara and Bill Ryan have owned the boat­shed, just past the Pare­mata round­about on State High­way 58, for nearly eight years.

‘‘We saw it for sale and thought, ‘This is too good an in­vest­ment to pass up’,’’ Mr Ryan told KapiMana News.

‘‘There’s a lot of de­mand for these boat­sheds but the sup­ply has been stopped. Peo­ple tend to hang on to them and pass them down in the fam­ily and you can’t build any more of them.’’

When they bought it, in 2003, it was a boat­shed in the true sense, with fish­ing and boat­ing para­pher­na­lia hung ev­ery­where and a launch parked right in the mid­dle.

‘‘When you first walked in here you had to turn side-on and step over so much stuff. There had been some pretty se­ri­ous ac­cu­mu­la­tion that had gone on,’’ said Mr Ryan.

Over the years the two mates made the shed a project and worked away in their spare time to trans­form it into a com­fort­able get­away for their fam­i­lies and friends.

Af­ter gut­ting it and tak­ing ‘‘count­less’’ trips to the tip, they put in new walls, win­dows and floors.

Al­though Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil does not al­low any­one to re­side in a boat­shed, this one has all the lux­u­ries of home, with a small kitch­enette, fur­ni­ture, a small deck and even a por­taloo.

It still has the boat ramp and jetty out into Pau­ata­hanui In­let, plenty of stor­age for kayaks and a bar­be­cue area out­side.

De­scrib­ing the boat­shed as a ‘‘lounge by the sea’’, Mr Ryan said it is also child-friendly, de­spite its prox­im­ity to the wa­ter.

‘‘It’s been a great, fun project that we put a lot of ef­fort into. We’ve had plenty of good times down here and all our fam­i­lies have en­joyed it in the past few years,’’ he said, a lit­tle wist­fully.

But the time has come to move on and the tough de­ci­sion to sell was taken ear­lier this year.

Mr McNamara now has a mo­tor home for hol­i­days and Mr Ryan is eye­ing more time in North­land, which is his home prov­ince.

So the boat­shed will be auc­tioned on-site at noon this Sun­day. By last Fri­day there had been just un­der 1900 views. Mr McNamara and Mr Ryan have re­jected one of­fer and are hop­ing to get in ex­cess of $130,000.

Fi­nal days: Bill Ryan has only a mat­ter of days left to en­joy the view from the Pare­mata boat­shed he co-owns. It goes un­der the ham­mer on Sun­day. He is not sure if other lo­cal boat­sheds have been spruced up like this one, but the pala­tial ‘‘lounge by the sea’’ has gar­nered a lot of in­ter­est.

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