A local business owner is celebrating 30 years in business this month.
Dave Caddy, owner at Kingfisher Marine on Custom House Quay, is a marine engineer and chandler in Weymouth and a familiar face on the quayside.
Kingfisher Marine opened its doors in 1988 near Cosens Quay selling boat parts such as rope, marine paint and hardware.
In a busy port like Weymouth there are always plenty of boats that need engineering work, and during the summer months the visiting boat crews often need parts and repairs to get them on their way again.
Dave, a qualified City & Guilds boatbuilder, says: “It’s hard to believe we’ve been operating for three decades. We’ve certainly seen a lot of changes around the harbour.
“With internet shopping becoming more and more popular, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses like ours. We try to meet all nautical needs.”
Some highlights during Kingfisher Marine’s career include working on the Dunkirk Little Ships, Tom Tit and Wanda.
Dave comments: “In the 1990s we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to fully restore the Tom Tit.
“She was found in a very sorry state in Dover and after being brought to our workshop we did a total rebuild, adding new planks, new cabins and redecking her.”
A longstanding association with Weymouth Rowing Club – with the Kingfisher Marine building the first two gigs for the club – resulted in them naming a boat after the company.
Aptly named Kingfisher, the boat is used by juniors and helps to get young people on the water.
Kingfisher Marine is open 7 days a week throughout the year.