City of Sails Marine has a great team of experienced boat owners and sailors, who know New Zealand conditions and can help to properly identify your needs and help you choose the right boat.
We also know how best to market your boat to get the best exposure and the best price.
Want to make an inquiry or view a boat? Call Blair Harkness on 021 245 8809, Janis Marler on 021 658 668, Jay Harkness on 027 457 2891, Charles Clark on 021 248 4591 or Richard Bray on 021 84 2340 now.
Want to list your boat? Click here, fill in the Specification Sheet and send all details to us by email, or phone Blair Harkness on 021 245 8809.
Blair Harkness, Director
Blair Harkness is a former boating journalist, communications and marketing consultant and businessman. He is also passionate about boats, and has owned a number of sailing dinghies and keelboats since first learning to row a dinghy more than 65 years ago.
He has worked for yachting journals in New Zealand and the UK, and has travelled extensively throughout Britain, sailing, testing and writing about recreational boats and boating. Back in Auckland Blair covered yachting events for television and radio, and as a communications and public relations consultant, became involved in the marine industry.
Blair has written and presented a training video for the Coastguard, has raced and cruised the east coast around Auckland and north extensively over a long period, and has enjoyed a long association with some of Auckland’s classic yachts. He currrently owns a Townson 29, his second keelboat from this brilliant designer.
City of Sails Marine Brokers was established by the late John Colebrook, and Blair and partner Janis bought the business around 2007, building it steadily since then. With our emphasis on service and success we have many repeat clients – and we plan to continue that philosophy to bring buyers and sellers together to bring boating satisfaction to both.
Charles Clark – Sales, Northern Auckland
Charles started sailing at the age of 8 when his father assisted him in building a P class, and he soon progressed through all the dinghy classes including Flying Dutchman, trailer yachts and eventually to a high performance Davidson 780 & 1/4 Tonner Stormrider. Later again, he campaigned a Spencer 40 Peridot for 22 years with the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and Mana Cruising Club.
Charles then moved to a Lotus 10.6 that he used for cruising and two handed racing and now has an Elliot 10metre Einstein a sporty fun-to-sail keeler.
Charles has cruised and raced extensively in coastal and offshore events including the Tasman Triangle, Wellington to Sydney and Sydney Hobart races, and has assisted in a number of yacht deliveries between Fiji, Auckland and the South Island.
Charles is an enthusiastic Club Member and has held the rank of Vice Commodore at RPNYC and Rear Commodore at MCC and also Gulf harbour Yacht Club, and has trained his daughter in law’s women’s crew to successes on the family’s Lotus 10.6.
Charles retired in 2009 from Toyota New Zealand where he was for 22 years responsible for marketing, sales and profitability of fleet sales to major corporate clients including the New Zealand Government. He helped to reach a significant sales record, selling over NZ$35 million vehicles per annum. Prior to his career with Toyota he was employed in the meat export business, specialising in the trade to the Emirates and Middle East, with responsibilities in Europe and the USA.
Starting his Marine Broking career in 2010, Charles has worked with Vinings Marine Brokers, with Terry Needham to assist in the sale of new yachts from the Danish Firm of X Yachts, and more recently with Don Salthouse. Over the past 5 years working as a Marine Broker Charles has sold yachts & launches to the value of over NZ$4,500,000, despite the difficult market conditions.
With his experience at corporate level sales and marketing, legal matters, negotiating contracts and closing deals between many and varied people, Charles is an expert at not just smoothing the many complexities of the buy/sell process, he is also skilled at supplying the after sales service, deliveries and advice on boat handling etc when needed.
In summary Charles with his corporate background and attention to detail is able to plan a marketing campaign to maximise the return and benefits to his vendors as well as qualifying new clients’ needs and requirements. Welcome aboard!
Jay Harkness, Sales
Jay Harkness is a keen dinghy and keelboat sailor with many years boating experience, and has a background in marketing and public relations. Jay started his sailing in Optimist dinghies in the Manukau Harbour, and later became involved with youth sailing programmes, and worked with the New Zealand America’s Cup team as a service RIB driver.
He has crewed aboard a number of racing keelboats, and has cruised extensively on the east coast aboard the family yacht. Jay is a key member of our family broking fraternity.
He has a background in print and broadcasting journalism, along with extensive communications and marketing experience.
Mike Parker – Sales, Whangarei and north
Mike has been boating since he got his first Kayak for Christmas as a child, ever since then being on the water has been his passion. Mike has owned small sailing and rowing dinghies, small outboard boats, to large yachts and launches. Mike currently owns a 32ft Pelin Pastime which he moors in the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Mike served his engineering apprenticeship with McRae Engineering in Whangarei and was actively involved in the construction and repair of vessels from small inshore fishing vessels to large ocean-going purse seine tuna vessels and everything in between.
His passion for all things on the water saw him go commercial fishing for many years up and down the North Islands east coast. Then when an opportunity came to open a marine refit and spray painting company in his home town of Whangarei, he started Pacific Gloss.
Mike has seen every side of boat ownership during his career and this has formed his strongly held beliefs around boat ownership.
Mike says, owning a boat should be fun and the maintenance should be easy, so with this in mind, Mike set up
New Zealand Marine Distribution, to supply everything you as a boat owner may need. He then set up Pro tech Marine Coatings, to supply marine quality coatings for your boat. From topside gloss paints, polyurethanes, antifouls and foul release coatings to contracted professional applicators across NZ.
Mike has now set up Northland Marine Brokers, based in Whangarei, and has formed a close alliance with City of Sails Marine Brokers, to bring his extensive boating industry experience to the buying and selling of new and used yachts, launches and power boats.
Phone: 0275 504 140