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Shared-use boating service ‘Skipperi’ has officially launched its first boats into Auckland.

The first five of fifteen Haines Hunter SF545’s with Yamaha F115hp outboards were blessed by local Iwi in front of Skipperi subscribers and industry representatives at Z-Pier in Westhaven last week.

A first for New Zealand and originally established in Finland in 2017, Skipperi provides boats for use via a subscription service for users. 

Skipperi takes care of the boats’ maintenance, equipment, insurance and boat availability. The majority of Skipperi boaters are experienced skippers, however, as part of the membership, online courses are provided through the Coast Guard’s boating education platform. Practical training on the boats is also included in the subscription for beginners and more knowledgeable boaters alike.

Pricing starts at $255.00 per month for weekday usage, to $485.00 a month for usage across a full week. Reservation durations are 7.5 hours to 24-hour periods.

With assistance from Auckland council agency, Panuku Development – the Skipperi Auckland fleet will operate out of Z Pier in Westhaven Marina, with Skipperi NZ looking to expand the operation into other centres around New Zealand.

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