About Oborn's Nautical

About Oborn's Nautical


Oborn’s Nautical is a family business that has been proudly locally owned and operated in Christchurch since 1966. We specialise in Sailing & Marine products and services as well as Architectural & Structural solutions. Our team’s experience and expertise in the industry is vast and we have a huge passion for sailing as a sport. We bring this knowledge and experience to every enquiry and every job to deliver the best results for our customers. Customer service is a priority for us and we pride ourselves on being friendly, approachable and easy to work with.


Grant and Matt Oborn bring 70 years of combined experience in the industry to the business. They have both sailed from a young age – with time on the water ranging from cruising to yacht racing, across all levels of the sport.

Grant was a National Champion in multiple classes and represented in the Interdominion Regatta. He has been heavily involved in the local yacht clubs for many years.

Before joining Oborn’s Nautical, Matt worked overseas for several years in various roles including boat building, sail instructing, yacht maintenance, charter skippering and yacht deliveries.


Oborn’s Nautical was founded by Ted Oborn in 1966. In 1968 his son Grant Oborn joined the company and it soon outgrew its Riccarton Road shop. Oborn’s Nautical moved to new Nelson Street premises in 1982, which included a retail shop, workshop and sail loft. Due to the company’s success, a continually widening array of products and a growing clientele, another site move was required in 2002 to provide more space. Oborn’s Nautical still operates from this address at 49 Shakespeare Road in Waltham, Christchurch. The Oborn family have worked hard to develop a reputation for their product range, quality of service and the experienced know-how of their staff.