Come on in and park your, er, boat
What bids do I hear for one luxury boatshed?
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.