The newly refurbished Manly Boatshed now has a waterfront kiosk and it’s the team from local favourite Effie’s Wine Bar and Restaurant behind it.  

Manly Boatshed is riding a new wave of excitement this month with the reveal of its $1.2 million upgrades and a charming coffee kiosk, brought to us by the beloved Effie’s wine bar and restaurant in Balgowlah.

The refurbishment of the historic Manly Boatshed, which has been providing boat storage and repair services since 1945, has been eight years in the making for fourth-generation local Robbie Treharne and his family. Their vision was backed by the NSW government, and Manly MP James Griffin, whose funding support played a pivotal role in bringing this dream to life.

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“The new renovations have been designed to create a ‘recreational hub’ where we not only offer mooring rentals (as we always have), but now offer kayak and SUP storage and takeaway coffee,” Robbie explains.

A new 21-metre pontoon will allow for safer boating access, which Robbie says, “will be a boost to local businesses and tourism for pick-up and drop-off as it is only a 10-minute walk to Manly Wharf, restaurant, bars, retail stores and beaches.”

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“Another reason for this investment is to continue the family legacy of the site as boating is in our blood. My father, Hugh Treharne, grew up here and learned his skills on these very waters. He went on to achieve incredible things in sailing and was inducted into the Boating Industry Hall of Fame in 2013, with the highlight of his career being the tactician aboard Australia II when it won the America’s Cup in 1983,” Robbie adds.

Manly Boatshed is also now home to a lovely coffee kiosk run by the team at Effie’s (behind Aggy’s corner in North Balgowlah).

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“Sam and Anya who own Effie’s have been great friends of ours for a number of years as neighbours. We have similar-aged kids and we’ve been discussing the possibility of Manly Boatshed being a coffee location for about 5 years,” says Robbie. “It evolved very naturally as we’re very much aligned on wanting to create a great place for the community to come together and enjoy the beautiful area that we’re so blessed to live in.”

The waterfront kiosk will serve coffee, tea, chai and pastries daily from 7am to noon, with a couple of shaded benches on the pontoon for you to relax and take in the beautiful views.

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“The thrill for my family and I is being able to provide an asset that the community can be proud of,” Robbie says. “We love to see new friendships being formed between locals as they gather around for a coffee and chat.”

Manly Boatshed & Kiosk
Where: 1b Bolingbroke Parade, Fairlight
Opening hours: Daily, from 7am-12pm
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