Nau­ti­cal gifts de­signed and made in the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - BETTER BUSINESS | LOCAL NEWS -

SHIP wheels, diver’s hel­mets, brass com­passes, drift­wood fur­ni­ture and fash­ion­able cloth­ing are just some of the things mak­ing up the trea­sure trove of Grotty Yachty Nau­ti­cal Gifts of Air­lie store.

The shop is a re­flec­tion of life on the wa­ter and was cre­ated by Sandy Clark and Kelvin Warner who also founded the Whit­sun­days sail­ing brand Grotty Yachty Cloth­ing.

In true ir­rev­er­ent Aus­tralian hu­mour, they launched their unique cloth­ing label un­der the name Grotty Yachty, an af­fec­tion­ate term used to de­scribe live-aboard sailors.

The cou­ple have been liv­ing on their Roberts 44 Off­shore sloop for the past eight years and have been based in Air­lie Beach for the past three years.

They first started trad­ing their brand at the Air­lie Beach Com­mu­nity Mar­kets and quickly came into con­tact with many other sail­ing en­thu­si­asts who spe­cialised in nau­ti­cal themed items.

Ms Clark said they didn’t have enough in­di­vid­u­ally to open a store but to­gether they could cre­ate some­thing bril­liant.

“The core of our busi­ness is some­thing that is made lo­cally and cre­ated lo­cally and we wanted to give lo­cals and tourists a place to shop that re­flects some­thing that we love about the ocean and mess­ing around on boats,” she said.

The store of­fi­cially opened last month and fea­tures prod­ucts from Grotty Yachty Cloth­ing, South­ern Cross Nau­ti­cal Traders, Monte Bello Pearls, drift­wood artist Mar­cus An­nett, Whit­sun­day pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Bow­ely and the lat­est fash­ion by Kerry Sea De­signs.

Painted co­conut art­works of Mis­sion Beach artist Jenn Payne will soon be avail­able at the store.

As a part of her motto “as we grow oth­ers grow”, Ms Clark wel­comes new artists and traders to come on board to show­case their nau­ti­cal themed stock.

NEW STORE: Co-founder of Grotty Yachty Cloth­ing San­dra Clark stands in­front of the new Grotty Yachty Nau­ti­cal Gifts of Air­lie store which is now open seven days a week in the main street of Air­lie Beach.

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