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About us

Captain Watts Yacht Supplies has one aim; To recapture a traditional and personal buying experience with hands-on advice, combined with the convenience of online shopping.

When we're not at sea, the crew of Captain Watts can be found shore-based in our newly refitted store in Mayflower Marina, Plymouth. It is here that our small team of life-long sailors handpick the best chandlery and marine products to stock our shelves, listening to customers, asking for feedback and offering advice where it’s needed. To make our online store as engaging as our bricks and mortar shop, we will be providing as much interactive content as we can, including video reviews, buying guides, discussing products with manufacturers and specialists behind a range or brand, as well as encouraging customers to offer personal reviews. If you are sailing past Plymouth, pop in and see us. If you are based on waters further afield we will be happy to help by email or phone and our worldwide shipping service will deliver products to you as quickly as possible.

Captain Watts of Plymouth is an evolution.

Many of a certain generation (and many generations before) will already be familiar with the name Captain O M Watts, arguably the original name in chandlery, with stores in Mayfair London and Salcombe Devon. Some of us were part of this business, some fondly recall buying their first set of oilskins from this iconic shop, but all of us believe that great names should not be forgotten. Today, Captain Watts Yacht Supplies pays homage to O M Watts, but time moves on and we are launching into a new era, whilst holding onto old fashioned values of service and quality. Whilst working to set up the store, we have been amazed at how much support we have been given from people that are keen to revive a name and tradition that might otherwise slip away. And in particular, how many of those played a part in the original Mayfair shop and boat show stands.

Old but not forgotten.

We reserve a special place in our store for classic boat, wooden craft and traditional yacht parts, and we are currently restoring a 1937 Little Ship of Dunkirk, who will be our test boat for many products. As a keel-up restoration, she will also provide the perfect platform on which to base our ‘how to’ series of repair and maintenance videos. If you can’t find something for your classic wooden vessel, get in contact and we will try our upmost to source an item for you. We have great links in the UK and Europe with manufacturers, foundries and businesses that have kept old traditions alive. From a copper nail or wooden belaying pin to a cast iron stove or brass navigation lamp, we are able to help.

We hope you enjoy looking around our online store.

If you have any feedback please do drop us a line, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or better still, pop in a meet the team in person, Dave will no doubt be stood behind the counter, smiling and ready to help. Our professional team are all avid sailors, with years of experience in chandlery and boat maintenance, so if you need any advice or guidance, give us a call. We are not a faceless website, we are here to help and hope to be your first port of call for all your chandlery needs.