If you haven’t picked up our Bayleys Marlborough Summer Preview magazine yet do call into our offices to collect one. You can also read it online HERE. The magazine is packed with a range of spectacular properties for sale from around the wider Marlborough region. It also includes some great editorial pieces. In this issue, one of the articles explores summer in the Marlborough Sounds. Summer is the perfect season to celebrate everything that makes the Marlborough Sounds special. Fishing, hiking, kayaking and festive fun on the water all conjure up childhood memories from holidays past. We spoke to Ryan Godsiff from the Marlborough Tour Company to find out why he thinks that summer boating in the Marlborough Sounds is the perfect pastime.
Ryan Godsiff & summer boating in the Marlborough Sounds:
Ryan is what you’d call a true local. A sixth-generation Marlburian, he was born and raised in the Marlborough Sounds. As a Captain and Tour Guide for the Marlborough Tour Company, he’s still immersed in its beauty and splendour daily.
He believes that it’s a combination of sunshine, calm waterways, friendly faces and the ability to find places to completely switch off that make the Marlborough Sounds so unique in the summertime.
A boatie at heart, Ryan likes to drop anchor at Ship Cove for bush walks, World’s End to fish for a feast of Blue Cod and Snapper and Governor’s Bay for a lazy afternoon on the beach. Ryan lets slip that this is also the perfect spot to propose!
He also reckons there’s plenty of fun to be had on the water, even if you’re not a boat owner. Saying, “You can either join an organised Marlborough Tour Company cruise or just jump on a Cougar Line water taxi and enjoy lunch and an afternoon of kayaking or paddleboarding at Punga Cove or Furneaux Lodge.”
When Ryan gets a day or two off work, you’ll find him on the beach with his wife and daughter. He’ll have water skis at the ready and freshly caught blue cod and Boomtown brews in the chilly bin.
Staying safe on the water:
As a seasoned boatie, we asked Ryan to share his top tips to help you prepare for a safe and happy season of summer boating in the Marlborough Sounds.
Love your Lifejackets
Check the wear and tear of your lifejackets. Replace any old ones and always wear your life jacket. It’s the law for boats under 6 meters
Examine the EPIRB – (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Test the equipment. If the strobe light flashes its good to go. These things save lives!
Eyeball your Engine
It’s really important to get into the habit of doing pre and post engine checks, no matter how big or small your boat.
Be sure to check;
- Strum boxes
- Aux engines
- And everything else!
If you intend to spend the summer enjoying Marlborough’s waterways, Ryan recommends you download an app called ‘Cruise Guide to the Marlborough Sounds’. Even as a seasoned sailor, it’s a tool he uses every day. It offers lots of useful information, including tide tables, interactive charts, live cameras, traffic alerts and useful safety updates.
Have a thorough walk around your boat and do visual checks before and during the summer boating season. Look for wear, cracks and holes.
Summer Fun Starts with a Safety Briefing
Safety briefings aren’t just for airlines. Have a quick chat with your friends onboard prior to departure. Be sure that everybody knows where the safety items are located, and what the trip plan is. Always make sure you have a backup option. Finally, be sure that you all have each others cellphone numbers.