It is in these waters that people of all ages come out to play in their watercraft. It could be a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), a kayak, dinghy, fishing boat, yacht, power boat, party boat, tourist boat, or row boat. You name it, they're here!
Captain Cook Sightseeing Tour Cruising Middle Harbour
These same shores are circled by many bushwalks and beaches which outdoorsy people flock to seven days a week. In this age of flexible hours and working conditions, and the internet, you might spot a bikini-clad blond or conservative businessman negotiating a deal or making appointments on their smart-phones while they cool their toes in the water.
People who have been boating in this area over the years all know about Garry the Coffee Boat Man. Visitors to the Bay are pleasantly surprised and soon work out that he's here to supply them with some great coffee and other refreshments.
With the advent of the home coffee machine, many of the bigger boats have their own machines to prepare coffee when they want it, yet if they see the Coffee Boat Man, they will still wave him down for an expertly prepared Barista coffee.
That's only a small proportion of the boating fraternity. Other boaties, kayakers, paddlers and beach goers are also keen to enjoy a cafe quality barista made coffee in the great outdoors. What a luxury! If you can buy such a coffee at an outdoor sporting event, why can't you get one on the water? In fact, that's how Garry got started.
View across the Eastern end of Middle Harbour - Balmoral Beach to Castle Rock
Having retired from a career as an agricultural economist and political lobbyist, he did his homework, found a converted army boat and built the small floating cafe, installing the generator and coffee machines himself.
Garry works weekends, public holidays and summer holidays. In January, he works seven days a week, but you won't see him out in extreme conditions.
Operating since 2001, his business has developed quite a following and he has come to know many of his customers and their orders well. Even the rich and famous, amongst them a few former Prime Ministers, have tried Garry's coffee. Another chance meeting led to the repainting and branding of his boat. He'd unsuccessfully tried for years to get Vittoria Coffee to sponsor him. Serving coffee to Vittoria's CEO on his yacht was the lucky coincidence he needed.
He's the right man for the job. Apart from being an experienced sailor, building and maintaining his own boat, and serving excellent coffee, ice creams and cold drinks, his likeable personality and chatty banter make for an entertaining customer experience.
On the shores of Middle Harbour - a sleepy part of the world, so close to a major city
So, if you are on Middle Harbour or one of its beaches and want a coffee, or have an event with a group of people give Garry a call on 0412 409 927. If he's nearby, he'll probably come to you, otherwise, he'll tell you where he is.