• Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 14.00
  • Tauranga Bridge Marina, Tauranga
  • (07) 575 0512
  • Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00, Sat 10.00 - 14.00
  • Tauranga Bridge Marina, Tauranga
  • (07) 575 0512
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Buying or selling a boat is filled with high expectations. Undoubtedly, that has a lot to do with the vessels you are considering, but at TBS, we think you should also have pretty high expectations for your boat brokerage.

Established more than 40 years ago, Tauranga Boat Sales is the leading marine brokerage in the Bay of Plenty Region. We offer a comprehensive range of services to both purchasers and vendors and pride ourselves on having an “our clients always come first” approach to doing business. Our brokers are all long standing boaters who have the experience and knowledge to make your time spent with Tauranga Boat Sales worthwhile. We see you not as clients but as valued friends.

With an office at Tauranga Bridge Marina that includes 4 prime sales berths located adjacent to the carpark we are positioned to maximize the profile of your boat for sale. As  our reach extends much further than the Bay of Plenty we also ensure a wide variety of listings for buyers to view.

We frequently compete sales to a variety of New Zealand destinations as well as handling numerous offshore transactions. We have even sold a top end offshore cruising yacht to a family from Alaska, you can’t get much further away than that!

We are experienced with importing, exporting, vessel re-registration and all aspects of handling the sale of foreign vessels. We can arrange local or worldwide shipping or delivery. Nothing is too hard, just ask!

Tauranga Boat Sales is a member of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association. We embrace this organization’s Best Practice Guidelines which include the use of a Trust Account in handling all client funds.

Whatever your boat brokerage needs, we’ve got you covered!

 — Brian Kent, Owner


Brett Eaton

Brett has been on or around boats from an early age. Starting with small yachts he moved onto renovating launches and had a stint at cray fishing locally in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel. While as crew on a number of fishing and adventure charter vessels including the Manutere, Albatross III, and Sierra II. Brett developed a well earned reputation for his fishing skills. In his spare time, Brett enjoys chasing snapper and racing classic motorbikes.

Having sold his successful print business in the early 2000’s the opportunity arose for Brett to join the TBS team where he is now a leading marine broker for the Bay of Plenty region providing his renowned “client focused, results orientated” friendly  service to all his TBS clients. His mechanical mind and attention to detail are of benefit to both sellers and buyers seeing him consistently achieve positive results no matter the type of boat or time of year.

Ian (Tommo) Thomas

Ian has boating in his blood, with a vast experience range over many different types of vessels.  He is a keen fisherman and currently has a Vindex 350 which has a well known reputation for catching fish in the area. Ian is very active, well recognized and respected part of the local boating scene having been a broker for more years than anyone can remember and is a past president of the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club. Ian is always happy to share his extensive knowledge with you whatever your boating needs may be.

Vanessa Hudson
Marketing, Promotions & IT

Vanessa supports the TBS team as a contractor under her branding The BizAssist. She makes the magic happen behind the scenes managing the listings data, print and online media, website content and design, marketing…all those vital areas that get your boats for sale in front of the right buyers.

Not just a behind the scenes magic maker Vanessa also grew up with a love of boats and fishing with many a happy hour spent doing just that off the East Coast of Gisborne. Now based in “The Bay” Vanessa continues to get out fishing whenever she can, settling for the view of the marina from the TBS office window when she can’t.

Brian Kent

Brian has been involved with boats since early childhood. His experience includes active dinghy racing, extensive coastal and offshore racing and cruising, numerous Transpac and Mexico races with several wins.

In 1999, Brian and his wife Bridget along with their three children set sail from California for three years of cruising through the Pacific on board their Peterson 46 “Loafer” eventually arriving in NZ where they decided to settle. When the opportunity arose over a decade ago to become the owner of TBS it was a natural fit for someone who has spent so much time onboard yachts as Brian. He entrusts the day to day brokerage of the boats to his experienced Tauranga based sales team allowing him, as part owner of an Elliott 10.5 “Squealer”, to continue to be very active in the New Zealand yacht racing scene.


Choose one of the brokers above to contact directly, call into our office at the Tauranga Bridge Marina or fill out the form on our Sell Your Boat page and a broker will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the best strategy for getting your boat SOLD.

Browse through our extensive range of listings here or call one of the brokers above with your list of requirements and they will hand pick the best boats from our books to match your boating wish list.