About

Grand Soleil Yachts New Zealand

Flagship Grand Soleil

New Zealanders can now experience some Italian panache on our beautiful waters sailing a Grand Soleil or Sly performance cruiser.

The Flagship Grand Soleil team brings over 40 years of boat design and build experience from Italy to our brokerage in Auckland, New Zealand.

Our expertise and insight is invaluable for clients making purchase and sell decisions regarding the Grand Soleil and Sly sailboat brands.   Our common goal is to find the right owner, for the right reason with the right boat.

We provide our clients and boat owners with speciality sales and service as the exclusive dealer for Grand Soleil and Sly in New Zealand.

Having raced and cruised passionately around our beautiful islands, we understand the weather, water conditions and boating lifestyle here.

We can relate the stunning features of the Grand Soleil and Sly range to what Kiwis want.

We’re here to provide you with first hand product and factory knowledge and would love to have a chat and show you the new Grand Soleil 46 Long Cruise on our dock.

The Grand Soleil and Sly yachts range from fast performance sailing boats to exceptionally comfortable long distance performance cruisers – they are absolutely the complete package.

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Introducing – Liam Power

Introducing – Liam Power

Liam Power has 37 years in the marine industry. Completing his apprenticeship in boat building with John Lidgard Yachts in custom boat building, the yard was renowned for designing and building power and sailing vessels for coastal and off-shore clients.

Over the years Liam has clocked up a number of miles through yacht racing and deliveries with sail and powered vessels, coastal and offshore. After a number of years involved with offshore boat building projects, Liam returned to New Zealand where he joined the Flagship Team in the new year of 2001 and has been with the brand ever since.

Our harbour and coastal waters is what Liam loves and to help turn client’s dreams into reality with the brands he represents.

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Introducing Boat Broker – Craig Torckler

Craig began his working life as an apprentice plumber until a Motorcycle accident put him out of action. With his planned career path jeopardized a lucky break came in the form of a job offer as Deckhand on the renowned 70ft Luxury Motor Yacht D’urville.

Craig climbed the ranks to become a sought after Skipper. Marine projects and Boat Brokerage sales occupied Craig for two decades prior to purchasing the Boat Chandlery at Westpark Marina to run with wife Tanya for eight years.

Craig has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in both the sail and power boat circles.

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Introducing – Tony Johnston

Tony has been involved in boating through clubs, family and friends from a very young age throughout Southland, Otago and Canterbury eventually making it his profession in 1996 as a skipper, fishing guide and jet boat driver in Lake Wanaka.

Though 1997-98 he became involved with helping set up a jet-boating venture that took him to Canada and Alaska in the New Zealand off season. He then swapped horse power for wind power and took up an invitation to sail around Papua New Guinea on the 52ft ketch Little Swan.
He spent 4 months exploring the outer islands and villages until the adventure was cut short when pirates boarded the ketch in the night, stabbing the captain, ram-sacking the boat and throwing Tony overboard.

Tony went back to Christchurch where he found a new passion for diving, gaining an SSI Dive Instructor certification. He worked out of a dive shop where he sold equipment, dive trips, courses and instructed/guided dives with clients.

In 2000 he began a new adventure of self-employment, starting the Hanmer Springs Bakery with his wife Bridget, they quickly gained a understanding of dealing with staff, product management, sales and marketing; taking them to the new business of owning a carpet franchise in North Canterbury. All throughout staying involved in boating and diving in a recreational sense.

Tony and his family moved to Auckland after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes still involved in the carpet industry and in sales.

In his spare time he enjoys exploring the Hauraki Gulf beaches and bays with family and friends, fishing, boating and Saturday sports with his two boys.
Welcome on board Tony!