That sinking feeling


That sinking feeling

Not since the Battle of Trafalgar have we witnessed such marine hostilities.  By Jack Lundin.

More than a few of the R500,000-plus luxury pleasure boats that ply the waters of the Vaal River and dam have passed through the Vereeniging boat yard of Honda Marine’s one-time authorised dealer Tony Lindhorst. And this can be a painful experience.

Take the case of Sue Brownlie and her 18-foot custom-made Premier Pontoon. Brownlie hails from East London, where she spent 22 years building up her own Landvest estate agency. For family outings on the water she turned to Tony Lindhorst, then operating a boat business in Gonubie, and picked up the pontoon for R300,000. Standard Bank obliged with R201,420 and Brownlie paid the R100,000 balance in cash.

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