The Marina Shop

Marine Insurance

The Marina Shop’s primary business is marine insurance. We understand the needs of cruisers and skippers. We offer Blue Water (2 person), Coastal, Public Liability Insurance (“3rd Party”) and Travel Medical Insurance. Quotes are free. We insure vessels all over the world through well know and respected “A” rated insurers with a history of settling claims quickly and fairly. Most of our insurance is underwritten by Lloyds of London syndicates. Importantly, if you need to make a claim we will stick with you throughout the claims process.

The Crew

Bill Garlick (FSP226445)

Bill and his family moved to the Bay of Islands in 2008 and soon abandoned plans to head overseas when the merits of the local lifestyle appeared irresistible. In 2012 his family trust bought The Marina Shop off David and Melita Mair.

Bill has a life time interest in boats including river and sea kayaking, fishing Cook Strait and the outer Marlborough sounds and now cruising and racing a 36ft Townson named Sonnet. Bill has applied skills gained in the finance industry to The Marina Shop where he specialises in blue water cover and claims.

Peter Widde

Peter is a native New Yorker whose youth included many journeys by ship—in the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic.  He worked for many years with a not-for-profit organisation, followed by a career in New York real estate.  Peter moved to Opua with his family in 2009 and worked as a Security Officer before joining The Marina Shop in 2017.  When not engaged in insurance work, Peter enjoys hiking and reading.  


Cruiser Services at Opua

The Marina Shop has become the meeting point for visiting cruisers. We have all arrived in distant places and we know the importance of local knowledge and a friendly welcome. When you first arrive we can help you settle in with free WiFi, the only ATM in Opua, Vodafone Travel Sims, printing & photocopying and a self-drive courtesy car for travel to Paihia (the Tourist hub in the Bay Of Island where you will find a range of shops, banks and other services).

Vinings Marine

The Marina Shop is a member of the Vining Marine nationwide boat broking network. This is the ideal network for buying and selling sailing and motor yachts. Vinings Marine’s office at The Marina Shop sells more blue water yachts than any other brokerage in New Zealand and sells boats located throughout the Pacific.

Vining's nationwide team can apply their experience and knowledge to finding the ideal boat for your requirements or planning a marketing campaign that will maximize the chances of finding a new owner for your vessel. Vinings has over 500 listings that can be viewed on


The Marina Shop opened in Opua, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, in 1998. David Mair setup the business to pre-sell the 200 plus berths in the then planned Opua Marina – hence the name. As the marina development came to fruition David began selling marine insurance and when the business began to grow quickly he was joined by his wife Melita.

The success of the business reflected David and Melita’s commitment to their clients, the decision to work with only highly rated marine insurers and their lifetime interest in boats. Before starting The Marina Shop they spent 12 years operating a game fishing business at Musket Cove Resort, Fiji and their long range live-aboard game fishing launch MV Zeus in Tonga. Together they completed blue water passages to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia as well as spending some time in the Mediterranean.

In 2010 The Marina Shop moved into new premises in the centre of the marina and in 2012 the business was sold to the Fernside Trust which holds investments for the “Garlick family”.

Key Facts

  • We are specialist marine insurance brokers who represent you, not the Insurers
  • The Marina Shop has been involved in marine insurance since 2000
  • Insurances available include: Blue Water (usually, minimum 2 onboard), Coastal, Public Liability (3rd Party) and Travel Medical Insurances
  • Our insurers are "A" rated and reputable
  • We are a small team with extensive experience in sail and motor yachts
  • Our office at Port Opua is a meeting point for cruisers and clients where free WiFi and other essential services are available
  • Our Vining Marine agency is the ideal network for buying or selling your boat
  • Valuations, surveys, condition reports and rig checks can be arranged
  • We can arrange boat minding services while you travel back home or within New Zealand