Picturesque boat shed up for sale as English owners move on

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Picturesque boat shed up for sale as English owners move on

Last updated 14:14, December 24 2017

An English couple who spend six months with their vintage boat at this boatshed in Whangarei are selling up.

Lets face it a boat shed is the stuff of dreams, and this one at Kissing Point on the Whangarei Harbour ticks all the boxes.

And not only is the boat shed for sale, but you can also buy the 48ft, solid kauri Gentlemans Cruiser currently moored in it.

Although, when Homed spoke to owners Michael B White and Sarah E Charles on Christmas Eve, they were out on the water, in full Christmas mode. Were quaffing champagne and dining on angel hair pasta, ham hock and pancetta, and we have marauders pulled up alongside, said White.

The boat shed is home to Raiona,a 1919 heart kauri Gentlemans Cruiser designed by Joe Slattery. Photo by Jane Ussher

The English couple spend six months of the year at the boat shed and six months of the year in Europe, with Italy being a favourite haunt. White is an artist and Charles is a photographer, writer and consultant on retail design and exhibitions, with a special interest in historical houses, museums and gardens.

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This boat shed (centre) at Kissing Point in Whangarei has been listed for sale with offers invited over $625,000.

They described finding the boathouse as serendipitous.

We had our vintage cruiser and because it is nearly 100 years old, we wanted her to be inside for the winter, Charles said. It all just happened serendipitously (finding this place).

Sarah E Charles has always loved gardening and may have a little more scope when the couple move to a small bach. Photo by Jane Ussher

Michael B White is an artist. Recent commissions include a painting for a new concept garden at Hamilton Gardens, which opens on February 1. Other artworks can be seen at Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport. Photo by Jane Ussher

Sarah E Charles and Michael B White spend six months a year at the boatshed, with their 48ft kauri cruiser, Raiona.

The couple rebuilt the boathouse several years ago. We designed it to fit in with the other sheds there, so it wont look like it had landed from another planet, Charles said.

But now they have decided to downsize. We are looking at buying a smaller boat, and a small bach, said White.

The boat shed has been listed by Beth Tweedie and Penny Kempton of Bayleys Whangarei. Offers are invited in excess of $625,000. Charles said because the shed is over the water, it is not on leasehold land. Rather, the new owners are buying the building and resource consent to live there for the next 22 years.

Charles also said it is possible for foreigners to buy it as there are no overseas investment office requirements.

Balconies surround the mooring within the boat shed.

Special features of the boat shed include the balconies around the top level, a long jetty, and the ever-changing views with great sunsets.

White and Charles use the boat shed as a studio, and it is well suited to entertaining.

The Raiona is listed with .nz, with a price tag of $125,000.

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