Houseboat rentals prove to be a popular niche

Published online: Mar 09, 2012 News Heather Beck - www.cairns.com.au
Viewed 1932 time(s)

Owners Lisa May and Steve Rehn set up the business nine years ago after seeing a gap in the market between skippered fishing charters and high-end expeditions.

But they had no idea it would be so successful.

After initially building one houseboat, they soon realised that more would be needed.

The business has now grown to include two dry hire (self-drive) houseboats that can accommodate 10 people at a time, as well as six tenders and a 6m punt.

The incredible fishing of Albatross Bay and the surrounding rivers was a drawcard to groups of fishing enthusiasts who headed out for a week at a time and often returned year after year, Ms May said.

While most of their repeat clients come from New South Wales or southern Queensland, others travel from Tasmania and Victoria to enjoy the balmy winters.

"I think it's something that is a really different experience for them and the fishing definitely keeps them coming back," she said.

"For a group of six to eight men it's a reasonably priced holiday - it's about the freedom of being out there, living on the water, watching the sunsets and, of course, fishing off the back of the boat."

Ms May said a new owner should be somewhat handy as it could be costly and time-consuming to freight equipment for 
repairs.

"It would be great for people maybe in their 30s who have a bit more energy, they really need to be interested in tourism and a mechanical mind would help," she said.

"They also need a coxswain's ticket or, if they don't have it, they need an employee who does."

Ms May and Mr Rehn are happy to offer support for the new owners while they spend more time with family and work towards their long-term dream of buying a sailing catamaran.

The business is on the market for $1.2 million.

For more information contact 4069 7469 orweipahouseboats.com



http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/03/07/209051_local-business-news.html

You May Also Be Interested In...

April 22, 2015

"Deck Out Dad" With West Marine's Newest Contest!

Great news, houseboaters—West Marine is launching another social media contest for one lucky dad out there to win a $500 Waterlife Makeover!
April 15, 2015

Houseboat Travels To Puerto Rico For New Christian Bale Movie

A 1960s River Queen houseboat is making the exciting trip to Puerto Rico to take part in a 20th Century Fox film called "The Deep Blue Good-by," starring Christian Bale.
April 08, 2015

A Beautiful And Tragic Show Of Love

In a brave display of courage and love, 74-year-old Everett McGowin dove into the swift, cold waters of the Fraser River near Vancouver, Canada, in an effort to save his wife...
April 03, 2015

66 Days At Sea

After being lost at seafor 66 days, Louis Jordan has been rescued 200 miles off the coast of South Carolina.
April 01, 2015

California Fishing-License Purchases Are Dropping

If fishing is your game, you might want to take the luring call of California lakes with a grain of salt.
Follow us on Facebook!   Follow us on Instagram!   Follow us on Pinterest!   Follow us on YouTube!