Nick Ward, also known as ‘Wardy’ to those in the marine industry, is Windcraft’s Power & Brokerage sales manager. Fjord and Sealine power boats are his new boat brands while his sailing experience and time in the second hand yacht brokerage industry makes him wise beyond his years. His enthusiasm and energy make him a fun and valuable asset to the Windcraft Sales Team so we decided to ask him a few questions about life, boats and everything.
Q. What first got you into Yacht Sales?
I’ve always loved sailing and water-skiing and have grown up involved in both. One of my first jobs was maintaining boats at the Sydney Boat Show; my enthusiasm for the boats must have been obvious to the dealers there and I was soon offered a job selling them, it certainly proved to be a lot more fun than cleaning them!
Q. How would you describe your job to a child?
I get to play with my favourite toys all day and meet cool people who love their amazing toys too.
Q. What’s your favourite of the brands and models you represent? Why?
I think the new Fjord 41 is currently my favourite on the market. As an open weekend boat to cruise fast up the coast or to have friends aboard for a beach or snorkelling trip there’s nothing else that does it so effortlessly and in such style. The Sealine C330 comes a close second for spending longer out on the water; not many boats can supply that space and comfort in a boat that’s easy to manage by yourself.
Q. What keeps you busy when you’re not around boats?
I’m an outdoors man at heart so if I’m not on the water you’ll find me camping in the bush with my dirt bike or 4×4. When the snow falls you’ll find me snowboarding but even in the winter months I’m never away from boats for long!
Q. How do you see the future of power boats in Australia?
I see a strong future for single-level power boats that make getting out on the water easy and hassle-free. The latest generations of cruisers that have outboard options is also very exciting especially with the joystick controls that we’re seeing more of. Everything is gearing towards user-friendly systems that allow boat owners to enjoy their time on the water quickly and easily with minimum fuss.
Q. Can you see a silver lining to the Covid crisis?
It’s been tough for everyone but there’ll be a encouragement for people to holiday within Australia and really embrace the stunning waterways we’re lucky enough to have here. The coasts and seas of Australia are the most beautiful in the world and without overseas travel on the cards a lot of people will have the chance to reflect on what an amazing place Australia is.
Q. What’s the best boat name you’ve come across?
Rene Pogel. It’s French
Q. A Penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. Why is he here and what do you tell him?
He’s obviously here to party. I would say “Get the Tequila, Mr Penguin”.
Q. Why do you think Windcraft has had so much success as Australia’s leading yacht brokerage?
We simply have a solution for every boating problem and have a really strong aftersales relationship with our clients.
Stay tuned for more insights from the rest of the Windcraft Team coming soon!