23 November 2012
East Tamaki-based marine equipment distributor, Marine Direct Ltd, is to sponsor the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show’s prestigious Boat of the Show Awards evening.
The Marine Direct Boat of the Show Awards evening, the largest social gathering on the marine industry calendar, will be held at Alexandra Park on the Saturday of the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, New Zealand’s largest and most popular boat show.
The Boat of the Show Awards are independently judged and presented across a range of general and specific categories. They are universally acknowledged as the most prestigious boat awards in Australasia.
Marine Direct managing director, Darryll Hart, says the gala Awards Evening is the perfect showcase for the company’s wide range of high quality marine equipment.
“Almost all of the New Zealand-built boats that are entered into these awards feature our products,” he says. “Sponsoring these awards is our way of giving something back to the industry that supports us.”
“The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show’s Boat of the Show Awards are primarily about promoting excellence,” says Danny Bassi, Marine Direct sales manager. “That is something about which we are very passionate, too.
“We pride ourselves on providing only the very best marine products to New Zealand boatbuilders and chandleries.”
Brands Marine Direct distributes include Hydrive hydraulic steering, Quick anchor winches, water heaters and battery chargers, Lectrotab trim tabs, Perko marine fittings and Roca wiper systems.
Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show general manager, Dave Gibbs, says Marine Direct is an ideal sponsor for the annual Boat of the Show Awards Evening.
“Marine Direct’s sponsorship of the Boat of the Show Awards Evening will allow us to continue to present these prestigious awards in the manner they deserve.
“The Awards Evening is a chance for the marine industry to acknowledge and celebrate excellence. It is therefore important that the Awards are presented in a professional manner, respecting the hard work and dedication shown, all year round, by this industry.
“Marine Direct’s sponsorship will allow us to continue ‘raising the bar’ and make this a very special night for both the Award winners and all those who attend.”
In addition to the enormous prestige, Boat of Show Award winners also benefit from a substantial prize package that includes $15,000 worth of stand space at the following Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show and significant account credits on Marine Direct products.