|Abbotsford Boatshed is a 100% Australian owned and operated, we have provided a valued service to the local and surrounding communities for over 100 years. |
We are dedicated to ensuring that all our customers are please with our services and are well known to water front community for just that, always lending a helping hand to a stranded boat, broken mooring or sinking boat. we recently received an award in appreciation of this service.
On 17 November Mayor Angelo Tsirekas hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of 71 long serving businesses from the City of Canada Bay. Businesses that have been trading in the area for 25, 50, 75 and 100 years were presented with a newly created Business Recognition Award. Mayor Tsirekas said: “Business is one of the cornerstones of our community and Council have committed to supporting their contribution through our economic development program. “We are aware of the many challenges facing our small business sector and felt that we should recognise the achievements of our more established business community, which is why we have created this award. The majority of small businesses in Australia will not survive for even five years in operation, but Canada Bay is fortunate to have a number of firms with a long tradition in the City.” One winner was Bill Barlow of Barlow’s Music, a specialist entertainment retailer servicing people worldwide with customised musical arrangements, from his Concord West base since 1970. When asked about working in the City for over 25 years, Bill said: “I have lived in Concord almost all my life and it has always been a great place to live and work.” Other notable award recipients were Abbotsford Boat Shed and Concord Golf Club, which have both provided over a century of service to the area, commencing trading in the 1800’s. The event was held at award winning local function center Castel D’Oro, which has already won an Inner West Small Business Award, A Champions of Champion Award and now the City of Canada Bay Business Recognition Award for services to the area for over 31 years. The Business Recognition Awards Program will be an annual event and will celebrate long serving businesses as they reach these significant milestones into the future.
A brief look at one of the oldest and most interesting places on Sydney Harbour;
Abbotsford Boatshed has been a feature of Abbotsford Point since the late 19th century. The Boatshed was built in 1884 by Alfred Charles Bailey, Alfred and his son Hector ran a local ferry service and had interests in other businesses in the surrounding area, they started hiring boats sometime between 1884 & 1889.
Hector took over the business after his father passed, the Boatshed remained in the Bailey family name until 1st of January 1970, when it was sold to Les Wells, Mr Wells only held the business for a short period, he sold the Boatshed to Bruce Kyle in November 1971
My Kyle continued with the hire boat business, changing the trading name to Bruce's Boats, later known as Bruce's Boats and Boomerangs, he offered hire boats, carved wood products including boomerangs, the boatshed also became renowned for many famous and sometimes infamous parties, provided for everything from birthdays to bucks parties.
In 1983 Mr Kyle passed away, leaving the business to his youngest son Roger, who returned to the original trading name of Abbotsford Point Boatshed and now provides many fine services which include and are available on this site, being; Boat hire, Boat sales, Boat repairs and Mooring lease and service.
Abbotsford Boatshed is one of the oldest boatsheds on Sydney Harbour, these days it's walls are filled with memorabilia and nautical artefacts alike, a collection over 100 years in the making. As the old saying goes, "if only these walls could talk", today the Boatshed still operates as it has since 1884. Although it has improved to suit the modern world it still holds its charm, as the last original boatshed on Sydney Harbour that is still in operation.
Abbotsford Boatshed artists impression 1994
(artist Peter Ostara)
The Boatshed is the only popular place that nobody knows about, it has featured in newspapers, TV and movies numerous times over it's many years, yet if you ask someone "do you know where Abbotsford Boatshed is" 99% of people will say "no, never heard of it" it is only the locals that could tell you, we want everyone to experience the charm of Abbotsford Boatshed and the excitement of a day out on Sydney Harbour in one of the many hire boats we offer.
Abbotsford Boatshed offers many of the services of a large marina with a small business attitude, every customer is a name with a face not just a number unlike many of the big corporations. A short description of our services below.
We offer several kinds of boats for hire ranging from 14ft to 20ft and prices range from $65 to $275, we also have new hire boats currently being restored, which will join the hire boat fleet adding a novelty to your hire boat experience, one being a miniature tug boat more....
Abbotsford Boatshed always has a verity of boats for sale, we provide a broker service right from the boatshed, this service includes advertising in papers, magazine and the internet, we also provide transport for potential buyers to view the boat. To view current boats for sale or to enquire about the sale of your boat see more....
Traditionally Abbotsford Boatshed was a full time workshop, where small watercraft were built from scratch, a number of materials were used including timber, fibreglass and aluminium, these days with mass produced fibreglass cruiser it is no longer practical to build boats at the shed, instead we focus 100 years of knowledge and more than 30 years of experience into the repair and maintenance of all watercraft from hull to fly-bridge our expertise include detailing, fibreglass, timber boat restoration and more....
We provide all your mooring needs, lease swing moorings for boats upto 60ft in length, we can provide regular servicing of your mooring, and also provide a towing service to relocate both your boat and mooring