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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Nancy Black's chandlery, Oban

    Crinan and Ardfern are both supported by very busy boatyards, that I think is how they manage to maintain the great stocks of mundane items like nuts bolts and screws that they carry, I can not recall any item that Ardfern could not find for me in stock, or if a specialist spare part, get within a couple of days.

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    Default Re: Nancy Black's chandlery, Oban

    Quote Originally Posted by Humblebee View Post
    Just heard this weekend that long established chandlery, Nancy Black's in Oban, has closed. Don't know if it is for good or if a buyer may be found.
    Shame, they've been there a lot of years. Maybe a bit pricey but good to have a local chandler.
    With an active sailing club, a revitalised marina on Kerrera and the new transit berths in Oban itself I hope there is demand for a local chandler, shame to see Nancy Black's closing.
    We spent a large part of the alleged summer based at Oban. From the stock offering and the gaps it looked like they were running the business down. There were a lot more frocks and frippery than actual chandlery.

    The internet must have made things even harder. Order stuff on line and pick it up at your next port of call. Worked for all sorts of essential and desirable bits during the summer.

    Seems a special irony that the shop closes as the new transit facility is opened and the new operators at Kerera are getting into their stride.
    Gwylan, a settee with a sail

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    Default Re: Nancy Black's chandlery, Oban

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwylan View Post
    We spent a large part of the alleged summer based at Oban. From the stock offering and the gaps it looked like they were running the business down. There were a lot more frocks and frippery than actual chandlery.
    I think that's the case just about everywhere. Few people buy expensive things like instruments mid-cruise, and there isn't that much money in the occasional shackle, but lots of people buy clothes, shoes and nautical knick knacks. Nancy Blacks supplied a new Breton cap this summer to replace my previous one which went over the side during a fraught small hours moment at Ardinamir ...
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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