Boat trade hits the High Street, Fishguard

Boats & Bitts opened in 1985
Echo Photo
Boats & Bitts advert
County Echo

The following article appeared in the County Echo back in 1985.

A company which was born on Wern Road, Goodwick,  a few years ago, came of age last week, moving to new premises  in High Street Fishguard.


Mr Alan Mackin, proprietor of the Fishguard Yacht & Boat Company, has opened a new shop at 9, High Street,  in premises previously known as “Turners” the wireless & T.V dealers.

“Boats & Bitts” is the title of the new business – and though Mr Mackin is Irish – the spelling of “bitts” is intentional – any sailor knows what a bitt is!

The repair yard at Wern Road will continue to operate, but chandlery, fishing tackle, frozen baits, camping Gaz and so forth will be retailed from “Boats & Bitts” along with fresh sea food.

“Everything from a needle to an anchor” is Mr Mackin’s far from idle boast, and yachtsmen sailing the wide blue yonder can call him up on ship to shore (channel 19, on to channel M 37) and he’ll meet you at the quay with fuel, chandlery, provisions – indeed any thing you could possibly need!

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  • I have just sold 9 High St, Fishguard, which is now a tattoo parlour. Fascinating to learn about Boats and Bitts! After this incarnation, my Grandfather Malcolm Wren owned it and it became a furniture shop called Tiles and Pine. As a small child in early 90s I used to sit on or behind the shop counter talking to the customers. If my Grandad wanted me to clear off for a few minutes (I was a proper chatterbox!) he would give me 50p for my uncle’s sweet shop just round the corner!

    By Sarah (05/08/2023)

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