Nau­ti­cal Mile opens doors for boat­ies to ramp it up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

BE­FORE set­ting sail, boat­ies are be­ing urged to cast an eye over new busi­ness Nau­ti­cal Mile Sales and their stocked of all things marine-re­lated.

Open­ing next Thurs­day, Nau­ti­cal Mile Sales own­ers An­drew and Jane McNeil say they have sup­plies at com­pet­i­tive prices to Cairns, from bait and fish­ing gear to nuts, bolts, re­frig­er­a­tion and ul­ti­mately even boat­ing in­surance.

The cou­ple, who had been work­ing from home for about a year, re­cently de­cided it was time to set-up shop in one of the most con­ve­nient mar­itime lo­ca­tions in Port Dou­glas - just op­po­site the boat ramp.

Mr McNeil said the move was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.

‘‘I was on a boat from two days old, I have been boat­ing all my life and I worked in a chan­dlery for the last 15 years be­fore head­ing off sail­ing around the world,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s in my blood, we also had be­fore this busi­ness a marine bro­ker­age and were sell­ing boats for four years.

‘‘We want to even­tu­ally bring that back on board, along with the boat­ing in­surance.

Mr McNeil said they have been busy get­ting the shop ready to open next week as stock drifted in.

‘‘The main thing is we want to com­pete with Cairns, I can’t see why we can’t meet Cairns prices and try and keep it lo­cal,’’ he said.

‘‘We will also look at in­cen­tives for peo­ple to buy from us and try to get ev­ery­thing, from any­where, any­time.’’

Nau­ti­cal Marine Sales is lo­cated on Wharf St, Port Dou­glas, op­po­site the boat ramp.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

GO­ING THE NAU­TI­CAL MILE: An­drew and Jane McNeil

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