Hong Kong Boat shops and workshops: 1. General Chandleries

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Whether you’re looking for sailing clothing, safety gear, navigation equipment, replacement shackles and deck gear,  or somewhere to repair your outboard engine or even sort out a nasty terminate problem, our list of Hong Kong boat shops and workshops has everything you could possibly need to keep you and your boat sailing! In fact we’re covering so much we’ve divided our list into 5 categories:

  1. General Chandleries
  2. Sailing Apparel
  3. Sail Makers, sail repairs & biminis
  4. Engines and engine repair
  5. Boat Yards & other boat services

We’re going to start with General Chandlers. So in alphabetical order:

Harry Lo’s, Sai Kung:

The biggest chandlers in Sai Kung at Pak Sha Wan right next to Hebe Haven Yacht Club. Tel. (852) 2719 9417 (no website). They have a fair range of yachting gear, much of which is significantly cheaper than from branded shops. Don’t expect any real advice on what to buy though – you’re more likely to get a shrug of the shoulders along with an “up to you”. I wouldn’t recommend the fenders – the ones I bought were useless (wouldn’t retain air) within 3 months. Also I wouldn’t buy at Harry Los for high load or high performance equipment. Having said this, I’ve bought a lot from these guys over the years and it’s a good low cost alternative for basic gear.

Harry Lo’s – a good low cost alternative for basic gear

Harry Los

Harry Lo

 

Kwok Wai Marine, Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen

Kwok Wai Marine, Shop No.8, Temporary Industrial Area, Shum Wan Road.  Tel. (852) 6406 8776 (no website). The shop name is written in Cantonese only so use the photo to help you find it. On the South side of Hong Kong Island, located a short walk from Aberdeen Boat Club (ABC) is run by Ricky Pang and family. The shop stocks a good array of basic boating safety equipment, lubricants, paints and varnishes, tools, fenders and so on, at a reasonable price, whilst also selling 12 packs of beer and other drinks one might need for a day out on the water. Ricky has also recently started Ricky’s Tenders which advertises as it suggests, numerous tenders for sale as well as outboard engines.

Kwok Wai Marine. Ricky…a real gentleman who provides and enthusiastic service and is always keen to help where he can

In fact it’s without doubt the best place to buy tenders in Hong Kong and I would assume is doing great business. The other reason for shopping at the shop is Ricky himself – a real gentleman who provides an enthusiastic service and is always keen to help where he can.

Ricky

Kwok Wai Marine

 

Lee Kee Boat Company, Sai Kung:

Lee Kee Boat Company; Sai Kung Old Town Tel. (852) tbc (no website). Sai Kung’s other main chandlery and this one with what is arguably the greatest name in the history of boat shops. Lee Kee is not a shop i’ve visited myself – so I sought some feedback from others. The general feedback is that it’s a useful little shop with a fair array of mostly non-branded stock. According to one resident sailor of Sai Kung, “it’s always my first stop to buy boat supplies as they are very well priced and have great service”.

Lee Kee Boat Shop – It’s always my first stop to buy boat supplies as they are very well priced and have great service

 

Ming Kee Marine Stores, Ap Lei Chau:

Ming Kee Marine Stores at G/F, Shop 3, Hoi Lee Building, 55 Ap Lei Chau Main Street, Ap Lei Chau. Tel. (852) 2554 0821 (no website). Ming Kee is the best of the marine stores in Ap Lei Chau with a decent amount of stock including shackles, anchors, fenders and safety equipment. Ming Kee also supplies ropes including spectra and dyneema, although if you’re going to be using them for high performance, high load sailing, i’d recommend going for one of the more international boat shops. The guys in the shop are helpful though and the pricing in the shop is reasonable. There are a number of other marine shops close by worth a browse but I’ve generally found Ming Kee to be the most helpful.

Ming Kee Marine – there are a number of other marine shops close by worth a browse but i’ve generally found Ming Kee to be the most helpful

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Ming Kee Marine

 

RHKYC Ship Shop, Causeway Bay:

www.rhkyc.org.hk/ShipShop.aspx Tel. (852) 2832 2817. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s current make shift Ship Shop is located at Kellett Island in Causeway Bay soon to move to its new home in newly constructed building in the same location (pictured). The shop has suffered from lack of space in the past but will soon more than triple in size and be able to stock significantly more equipment as a result.

RHKYC Ship Shop – very conveniently located for sailors at Kellett

The Ship Shop stocks high quality branded sailing gear, safety equipment and clothing. Price wise it’s probably the most costly in Hong Kong as it benefits from a captured market of sailors at Kellett who pay for convenience. Much of the Ship Shop’s stock comes from other chandlers in Hong Kong meaning you’re paying for a margin on top of a margin. Having said this, the shop is very conveniently located for sailors at Kellett and is generally well run by Shop Manager David Ho and team, who are able to give pretty good advice on most equipment needs, even last minute when running late for a race.

Shipshop

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s new Ship Shop

 

Sky International, Wan Chai:

www.sky-international.com A family business run by Keith and Gideon Mowser. Address: 7/F, 703, Henan Building, 90 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai. Tel. (852) 2827 5876. Suppliers of numerous international yachting brands such as Crewsaver, Allen, Spinlock, Kiwigrip and so on, Sky International has traditionally focussed on dinghies and one design classes but has a lot of equipment suitable for larger boats too.

Sky International – suppliers of numerous international yachting brands…provide a personalised service

The Mowzers and their team are very knowledgeable about their stock and yachting in general being experienced sailing competitors themselves, racing various boats around Hong Kong when time allows. They provide a personalised service, for instance subject to location and how busy they are, one of the guys may even be able to come to your boat to help you fit whatever you’ve bought. I’ve used Sky International on numerous occasions and they’ve never let me down.

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Sky International

 

Storm Force Marine, Wan Chai:

www.stormforcemarine.com Address: 1901 Dominion Centre, 49-53 Queens Road East, Wan Chai. Tel. (852) 6866 0114 Owned and run by Simon Boyde, an experienced yachtsman, who is also a certified VHF Radio Operating Instructor, wife Louise and brother Nic, Storm Force Marine is packed with all the equipment one would need as a yachtsmen or yacht owner in Hong Kong – in fact Storm Force claims to be Hong Kong’s biggest chandlers. Technically Simon has a big depth of knowledge of yacht safety and other equipment and his shop benefits from having distribution rights for more than 80 international brands.

Storm Force Marine – Technically Simon has a big depth of knowledge…Storm Force Marine also supplies bigger boat hardware and gear such as engines, power, air conditioning, marine kitchenware, pumps and electrical systems

Storm Force Marine also supplies bigger boat hardware and gear such as air conditioning, marine kitchenware, pumps and electrical systems etc.

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Storm Force Marine

Click on the map to find details of each shop on Google maps

HK Chandlers

Other suggestions:

Shum Wan Temporary Industrial Area, Aberdeen: aside from Kwok Wai Marine, there are a handful of other marine stores close by. If you walk down the alley way next to Kwok Wai towards Aberdeen Typhoon shelter, through the work shops, there’s another marine store at the front worth a browse. Or if you walk down Shum Wan Road there are a number of shops and show rooms selling bits and pieces of boating gear although it would be a stretch to call any of them chandlers.

Pa Sha Wan, Sai Kung – opposite Harry Lo: there are a couple more shops opposite Harry Lo. They’ve got limited stock and you’ll get even less advice than at Harry Lo but if you’ve got a few minutes you can always check them out.

Ap Lei Chau Hung Shing Street & Main Street area: there are a few other stores along the main street and up Hung Shing street worth a look. Some of them are quite focussed on specific items, like the shop that sells car & boat batteries, and the one that sells marine communication equipment. A couple of other shops are orientated towards ships rather than yachting.

Thomson Road, Wan Chai: Thomson Road is ideal for power tools, paints and varnishes, wood, piping and all other general DIY equipment. There are about 10 shops here in total. You’ll find all sorts of internationally branded power tools and equipment here. It’s also good for some basic shackles at significantly lower prices than you’ll find at the proper boat shops like Sky or Storm Force where you’ll be buying Harken or similar. You do need to be careful not to rely on these shackles for high load use though. I’ve had a couple of them explode on me under spinnaker!

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