Mannum Anchorage is owned by Ray Weedon, a local of 40 years standing in the area. Driven by a passion for boating on the Murray and wanting to provide high quality, person to person service, Ray and his partner Rhonda purchased Mannum Anchorage in March 2018 – a well established and respected houseboat and cruiser brokerage.
So, what will you find with us at Mannum Anchorage?
Our company is small enough to be accessible, big enough to provide personal and effective service to all our vendors and purchasers for their boating needs. We are the leading houseboat brokerage on the Murray with demonstrated sales records. Many return clients recommend us to their friends and associates.
We pride ourselves on honesty and integrity.
If you are thinking of buying a boat, we can provide you with the expert guidance you need to make sure you get the boat that is right for you, your family and your lifestyle. We are acutely aware that when looking to buy a boat, this will be one of the most important purchases you and your family will make. We want you to buy with confidence and be proud of your acquisition. Most buyers prefer to buy through a broker for security. For this reason, we also provide private buyers with a Government issued Search Certificate on all boats with a HIN number, showing that there are no registered claims on your boat. This is at no cost to the buyer or seller. Professional and friendly advice without any pressure to purchase is given freely.
The houseboats and cruisers we list come with detailed information provided by the owners and maintenance records, where available. We ensure boats are compliant with current regulations prior to any settlement.
We look forward to assisting you with your boat sales and purchases!
Ray first discovered Mannum while on a holiday from his home in Melbourne. A chance encounter with an *elderly river captain and an even more *elderly paddle steamer resulted in a sea change decision. He has now lived in Mannum and worked continuously on the Murray for 40 years in a diverse range of occupations. Working in marina’s and a shipyard in his early time on the river gave him a sound background in construction and maintenance of vessels. This included small cruisers, houseboats and large steel commercial vessels.
During this period, he also crewed on many of the larger commercial vessels operating in the region. This gained him the experience required to study for, and eventually obtain his Master’s Certificates of Competency. After building his own commercial hire houseboat, he went on to commission a large steel restaurant / function boat to be built at Port Adelaide. On completion, this vessel was named ‘LADY MANNUM’ after the town he had made his home.
She sailed from Port Adelaide, around through Backstairs Passage and entered the mouth of the Murray in February 1985.
Ray spent the next 15 years skippering and running the Lady Mannum and was the recipient of 2 tourism awards for excellence in maritime hospitality. Whilst still working the Lady Mannum Ray also did relief captain aboard the Proud Mary and Murray Princess on a casual basis until he sold the Lady Mannum in 2000.
After sailing out the Murray mouth and completing the delivery voyage of the Lady Mannum to Queensland, he returned home to continue working on the river.
From relief work in the Murray Princess, he took up the position as a senior Master and eventually shipboard manager. After some years in this role he returned to part-time captaining as he wished to have more travel and leisure time The eternal student, he continued studying and obtained a Diploma in Marine Surveying. Working for a time in some of the larger marina’s in Queensland added to his experience of current vessel build and material technology.
Returning to the Murray he continued to do occasional shifts aboard the Princess between his marine surveying work. (In total he captained the Murray Princess for a total of 20 years). After semi-retiring several times, he had the opportunity to purchase his current business, Mannum Anchorage. Ray is finding this a good fit as his previous experience provides the ideal background to assist and advise clients in both purchasing and selling their boats.
*In 1975 Ray had the privilege of meeting Captain Bob Reid, one of the last surviving steam paddle boat skippers from the 1920 – 1950 era.He was in command of a small, privately owned paddle wheeler, the P.S. Enterprise. Bob became Ray’s earliest river mentor and gave him the opportunity to experience life aboard one of the earliest steamers on the River. Sadly the “Enterprise” has left the Murray but survives as a working exhibit in Canberra for the National Museum.
Bob passed away in 1986 but his legacy as skipper and story teller remains.
Rhonda moved to Mannum in 2015 and has embraced both the town and the river lifestyle. After spending some time commuting and working in Adelaide Rhonda drew on some of her previous experiences in a river town and decided, with the support of her partner Ray to open Izzy’s Ice Creamery & Coffee Bar. Growing up in Darwin, in a home overlooking picturesque Fannie Bay Rhonda has fond childhood memories of water skiing, sailing and magnificent top end sunsets. As a teenager, she survived Cyclone Tracey in 1974 and was evacuated in an RAAF Hercules to Brisbane where her family took up residence.
Rhonda’s early work was in administrative positions including Dalgety Exports in Brisbane, Insurance companies and the Sharp Corporation as assistant to the CEO’s secretary. She holds qualifications in Business Management, HR Management, a Cert IV in Health Administration and Agents Representative Course in Property in Victoria. She obtained a qualification as a personal fitness trainer and worked in the fitness arena for over 10 years.
Moving to Echuca, the family purchased the Port Ice Creamery which they ran for several years before opening a Mexican restaurant. While working and raising a family of 4 boys, she enjoyed life on the Murray skiing, camping and houseboating When family ties drew them to Melbourne, Rhonda returned to more administrative roles and before moving to SA, was Executive Assistant to senior management members of Epworth Healthcare Group.
The ice creamery is now operating successfully with dedicated staff out front allowing Rhonda to step back to a behind the scenes role.
This allows her to work alongside Ray with the sales, marketing and administration of Mannum Anchorage.
Rhonda enjoys meeting and assisting people with their boat purchasers and sales. Demonstrating a talent for solid marketing and business development, she is contributing enormously to the continuing success of Mannum Anchorage. Most importantly, she has a passion for her work and shares in the fun of houseboat hunting with prospective purchases.
Rhonda has 4 sons and 2 beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys travelling within Australia, offshore and particularly cruising on the Murray.
Foremost is travelling to Melbourne to see her family and she enjoys sharing her new home of Mannum with family and friends.