OUR SERVICES

At Down South Marine we offer you a full boating experience, a one-stop boat shop where you can have anything done, found or made.

Authorised Mercury Dealer & Service Center

The most dynamic Mercury Outboard Dealership in Cape Town, servicing the Cape – Our promise is the best price and service on all Mercury engines. As an Authorised Mercury Service Center, we take care of all Mercury service and repair warranties be they 4-Stroke, 2-Stroke, Optimax or Verado.  Our Mercury service expertise covers all Mariner engines as well.

Yamaha, Suzuki, Evinrude, Honda, Johnson or Tohatsu

If you own a Yamaha, Suzuki, Evinrude, Honda, Johnson or Tohatsu engine, with our team of qualified technicians we offer dealer-standard services of all brands of outboard engines.  We also run diagnostics on most brands should you require.  As we say “There’s no bad engine, some are just looked after better than others”

Boating Electronics

We carry a range of boating electronics covering the very latest in chart plotters, echo sounders, AIS receivers, radar, VHF radios and Kavicoms from major brands such as Garmin, Simrad, Icom and many others.   We carry out full electrical installations and electronics commissioning.

Boat Sales

We have a range of new and used boats and motors on hand all sold with our workshop guarantee. Give Rob a call, let him know what you’re looking for and he will find it for you. We can arrange all the financing requirements to suit your pocket.   If you have a boat you want to sell, we can help, it’s always more comforting for the buyer knowing there is a reliable source to the sale.  We give an honest assessment and can prepare your boat to maximise it’s sale potential.

Boat customizing, repair, modification and epoxy spray painting

From repairing unsightly Gelcoat gouges, cracks, deck layout changes and structural damage to replacing the transom, coating decks, epoxy spraying and building or modifying fish boxes …. We are even specialists at making your boat bigger.  In the rejuvenation shop your boat can be transformed and repaired just the way you like it. Using only the highest quality products, whatever you would like done to your boat will be of the highest standard of workmanship and in the shortest time possible.

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Custom Fiberglas manufacture

Custom fibreglass manufacture of removable fish-boxes, hatch tops, trolling boards and anything you could possibly think of.  All beautifully shiny in the colours of your choice.   We are able to offer expert, experienced advice.

Trailer Service & Repair

From replacing wheel bearings and brakes to lights, tyres, rollers, tow-hitches and winches, we carry out a complete check and thorough service on boat trailers.  We also modify trailers to make your boating experience more pleasurable.  We arrange galvanising and trailer licencing

Floatation & Certification

Does your boat lie heavy on the water, does your transom sound hollow in patches, or do you run your engines hard to get performance?  The chances are that there’s water in your hull and your fuel bill is definitely excessive. We specialise in removing water and damaged floatation, repairing the ingress area, then replacing the polyurethane foam in a way to minimise the possibility of future problems.  You’ll be shocked at the increased performance and staggeringly lighter fuel bill once we’ve finished, plus increasing the life of your engines by years.

Safety Survey & Equipment

ABOUT US

The brainchild of well-known angler, charter captain and legend boat skipper, Rob Naysmith, who, with nearly 60 years of going to sea in boats of all kinds, decided to bring everyone the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of his experience.  In his words “a boat is a living thing, it needs to change, it needs care and the love of the skipper, give it that and it will build a lifetime of great memories and always take you home safely”, to this his credo is ‘love your boat’.

 

Almost 40 years ago Rob and Mercury crossed paths in earnest and he has remained dedicated to the brand since.   Since the formation of his charter business in 1993, all his boats have had Mercury outboards fitted exclusively, and that means quite a number of engines.  The reasons for this loyalty are Mercury’s ongoing passion in product development, outstanding engine reliability, they’re world leaders in service support and along with delivering unbeatable power, they last forever.  So it was inevitable that Rob and Mercury should eventually join forces to bring you the premium quality powerhouse engine backed by a highly experienced support team.

 

 

“I’ve seen many boats miss a great day on the water because of engine failure, and our aim is to make sure that doesn’t happen to our clients”.  This we do by having the best and most qualified technicians work on your engines, no matter which brand you own.  But taking service quality to a higher level, each technician attends the Mercury training courses before qualifying and being certified to work on a Mercury engine.  Thereafter they undergo regular refresher courses to ensure they are up to date with the latest technology.

 

And if that wasn’t customer support enough, Rob added a fully kitted, 24 hour mobile workshop and technician to the business.  Not leaving things there he had to go one step further and make sure the vehicle is a 4X4 to get you out of any sticky situation as well.

 

Having repaired and modified many boats over the years, culminating in a major reconstruction and extension of his favourite boat Jabulani, (see Ski Boat Magazine, Vol. 35 No.3, May June edition 2019), Rob had to include a full boat service where no boat is too big or small, old or new.   From repairing unsightly Gelcoat gouges, cracks, deck layout changes and structural damage to replacing the transom and floatation, coating decks, epoxy spraying and building or modifying fish boxes.  In the rejuvenation shop your boat can be transformed and repaired just the way you like it. Using only the highest quality products, whatever you would like done to your boat will be of the highest standard of workmanship and in the shortest time possible.

 

Boats are Rob’s passion with his greatest love being to set them up for fishing … then watching the boat out-perform all the others in the fishing grounds.  As he says “there are tricks you learn over the years that give your boat that unmistakable edge” and his catch records prove that beyond any doubt.  So ask him for advice, he’s pretty good like that.

 

Rob has included a retail shop where you can find the necessary boating accessories, Quicksilver oils, lubes and a range of allied products, filters, spark plugs and impellers. Also genuine Mercury and Quicksilver engine parts for a 1 year warrantee peace of mind… and if it’s not in stock it will be in the store within a day or two for the most part.  Add to this a full inventory of safety equipment, and other items you’ll need for safe and responsible boating.

OUR TEAM

Rob Naysmith
Skipper

You get what you see. Nothing more, nothing less. Ok, maybe a little more ...

Alan McCarthy
Workshop

Like to get his hands dirty, and have a cold beer after a hard day's work.

AUTHORISED DEALER

Mercury Marine
ONWA Marine Electronics
Garmin

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29 Estmil Rd,

Diep River

Cape Town 7945