Industry leaders since 1946, Seacraft with their iconic brand Haines Hunter, are now Platinum Partners with LegaSea, the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s public advocacy arm.
Seacraft have focused on constructing dry, soft riding boats. Their efforts have allowed others to experience the wonders of our coastal playground, thus winning many hearts.
Innovatively, Seacraft were one of the first to begin commercially manufacturing fibreglass hulls in New Zealand. Now, they are once again looking to the future.
“It’s pretty simple.” explains Lionel Sands. “We want our kids and grandkids to share our passion for the ocean. If we are to leave a legacy we can be proud of, we need to make changes today, tomorrow may be too late. ”
“Global demand for our fish is insatiable. With fish populations reaching new lows we need change. Collectively we need to restore our coastal fisheries and based on this premise, Haines Hunter made the bold decision to become a LegaSea Platinum Partner, one of five nationwide.”
They also expanded their apprenticeship programme which is allowing them to impart a lifetime of learnings to future generations of boatbuilders. Currently they have six apprentice boatbuilders, composite technicians and service technicians.
The expression ‘put your money where your mouth is’ springs to mind.
Time will tell what the future will hold, but it’s clear the boat building industry and the marine environment will be better tomorrow thanks to Haines Hunters investment today.
Seacraft, manufacturers of the iconic Kiwi boat brand Haines Hunter, are supporting the industry in several ways – through a LegaSea platinum partnership and offering apprenticeships in its boat building business.
14 April 2019