To the holding page of 1st Mark a family run chandlery in the heart of the northwest, 5 minutes from junction 24 of the M6 motorway and Leigh and Lowton sailing club. We carry a comprehensive stock of dinghy and water sport related equipment including the following:-
Whatever you are looking for whether it be cleats, blocks, bungs, shackles, hooks, eyes, hatches, rudder fittings, etc. we have them in stock from major manufacturers such as Allen, Harken, Holt, Ronstan, Seasure, Selden...
SP & West epoxies, International Paints & varnishes, cleaners & polishes from 3M, International, Starbrite etc. Aqua Seal sealants. Just ask if you are unsure which products are suitable for your craft.
Wetsuits, drysuits, spray tops, rash vest, boots, gloves, buoyancy aids, etc. are also in stock from suppliers Crewsaver, Gill, Gul, Neil Pryde, Typhoon, Zhik. We also sell Gill coastal and offshore gear and Crewsavers range of life jackets.
So if you are looking for warm gear for winter or something lighter for summer, we may have just what you are looking for.
We can produce shrouds, forestays and halyards in stainless steel wire to your specifications.
We also offer a splicing service whether its an eye splice, split tail mainsheet, tapered sheets, continuous control lines, rope to chain or wire to rope, just drop us a line or call in...
We have produced mooring strops, dock lines, backstays, halyards to name just a few.
In our repair shop we are able to undertake dinghy repairs such as minor scrapes, holes, deck failure or if you wish just a clean, buff and polish to make your craft look its best.
We can plot graphics in vinyl or self adhesive insignia Dacron to create boat names, web addresses, advertising logos for the hull, sails or any vehicle.
I entered the marine industry in 1991 when I joined Leigh Dinghy Services (formaly Leigh Dinghy Store) selling dinghy equipment, marine paints and resins.
In 1993 I took a job with North West Sailboat centre in Eccles which later moved to Warrington and became Mailspeed Marine. In the early days we serviced the dinghy sailing scene in the northwest, we then started to supply equipment for larger boats including electronics – VHF, GPS, Plotters, Logs, Sounders/Fish Finders, Antifouls etc
In 2006 I felt the northwest needed a chandlery which concentrated mainly on dinghy supplies, we approached Leigh Dinghy Services who agreed that we would take over the assets and began trading as 1st Mark, we also relocated to our current premises which is close to the motorway network, as it provided plenty of parking, easy access for trailers and space inside to repair boats.