The Triton is headed north for a summer-y networking event near Newport after the charter show. Join us on Wednesday, June 26, from 6-8 p.m. at West Marine’s flagship store in Middletown, 379 W. Main Road.
Until then, learn a little more about West Marine Megayacht Supply from Josh McGuire who oversees the Newport and Seattle regions for the company.
Q. So tell us about West Marine Megayacht Supply?
We are a division of Port Supply, one of the major marine wholesalers in the industry that is owned by West Marine. We linked the West Marine Megayacht Supply name to the retail stores so that our customers were aware that they could shop at any of our locations.
We started up just over four years ago when we saw a need in the yachting industry for a chandler with multiple locations. Since then we have been growing and working with yachts all over the world.
Q. I understand you have recently opened or are soon opening new locations. Tell us about your growth.
Charlestown, as you know, has been making a strong push in the yachting world and has some very strong ties to us here in Newport. With the addition of the Mega Dock and the catering to the captains and crews, this area is taking off. Being part of West Marine is a major advantage since we already have the infrastructure to service the megayacht customers with multiple locations in the area.
Nantucket is also an area we are targeting. The island has always been a tricky area to service. The major issue is Fed Ex does not offer overnight or express delivery. That being said West Marine Megayacht Supply is now offering next- and, on some occasions, same-day delivery to the Nantucket Boat Basin. Anyone who has been to Nantucket knows that George, Christy, and the whole crew at the Boat Basin always go the extra mile for our clients.
Q. Does the Newport office operate all year or only in season?
It can get really cold up here in Newport. That being said, we keep the lights on even after they roll up the sidewalks for the season. Actually, we work with many yachts that do refits during the winter months as well as ship to our clients down south. Both myself and Chad, our in-store specialist out of the Newport store, are here to help year-round. Though I do sneak down to South Florida on a regular basis, just to thaw out.
Newport is our main location but we service the whole Northeast on a daily basis. A number of our clients travel from Newport up to Maine throughout the season, and we work closely with many of the marinas to make sure we can get them anything they need along the way. Boston is becoming a favorite spot for many of the yachts on the trip both north and south. In the past, dockage in Boston was adequate but nothing great. That’s no longer the case. Megan and the crew at Yacht Haven have seen to that.
Speaking of Boston, the people there have had a very tragic spring and I hope we all can find a way to support both them.
RSVPs are not required. Just join us from 6-8 p.m. All yacht captains, crew and industry professionals are welcome to join us.