Leo seizes the day
CURRUMBIN Boatshed Bait and Tackle has changed ownership.
Brad Smith owned the iconic local bait, tackle and watercraft hire shop at the southern end of the Thrower Drive bridge for more than 10 years.
Late last year he sold the business to his long-time mate, Leo Hoffs. The pair have been friends since they were 13 years old.
Mr Hoffs said the opportunity to take over the Boatshed came at the perfect time as he had to have back surgery and was “working himself to death” as an air-conditioning mechanic, and Mr Smith wanted out to focus on his chartering business.
“I was working 12, 14, 16 hour days and my family life was no good,” he said.
“Now I’ve got a family business, the kids help out with the hire-craft, my wife helps out: happy wife, happy life.
“My sister helps me out with the bookwork.
“The girls go to school right over the road and they’re very proud of their dad.” He said it became time to adopt the mantra, “fortune favours the brave”, and become a businessman even though, at first, he knew little about running a business.
Recent weather has affected the business’s hire-fleet though other elements of its income are keeping it thriving.
He said the Boatshed was in “the best spot on the Gold Coast, second to none”.
“I’m opening earlier and earlier during the mackerel season and I’m pretty keen to do that, be flexible for my customers,” he said.
“I figure there’s only going to be more and more people on the Gold Coast. But how many more tackle shops are there going to be?”