With 60 years of experience serving Powell River area residents, Marine Traders helps ensure fishing, marine and outdoor adventure customers have successful outcomes 12 months a year. The business is not just about warmer months, says store manager Jim Coulton.
“A lot of what we do revolves around outdoor activities in spring, summer and fall,” says Coulton, “but we have a lot that is applicable in the winter, too.”
In addition to providing customers with winter clothing and heating systems for boats and cabins, Marine Traders is gearing up for the holiday season with its 21st annual ladies’ night and a new 12 days of Christmas promotion.
The store at 4446 Willingdon Avenue hosts ladies’ night from 3:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, December 6. The event includes specials, spin to win, door prizes, refreshments catered by Rocky Mountain Pizza and Bakery and a hot sheet featuring the best deals of the year.
“It’s the only time of the year our Pollen Sweaters go on sale,” explains Coulton. “We’ve really stocked up for the Christmas season with a huge inventory, including toques and ponchos.”
12 days of Christmas features one item on special per day every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until December 23.
“It’s easy to receive weekly notifications of sale items by following Marine Traders on Facebook or Twitter, or by signing up for our email list at marinetraders.com,” says assistant manager George Belyea. “We’ll have great gift items at unbeatable prices.”
Keeping outdoor enthusiasts warm and dry is important all year-round, but all-weather clothing and waterproof gear becomes even more crucial during the winter. Marine Traders covers all the bases with a vast inventory of quality brands to satisfy each customer.
“We have a great selection of rain gear and boots,” says Belyea, “including Helly Hansen, Grundens, Mustang Survival and Dunlop.”
Staying warm outdoors involves more than wearable items, says Coulton. Fishing, boating and hunting are more enjoyable with marine heating systems on hand, he adds.
“We have an operational, thermostatically controlled, Espar forced-air diesel furnace on display at the store,” says Coulton. “They’re especially great for sport-fishing boats with outboard power.”
Wallas Marine diesel heaters and Dickinson Marine heaters are also kept in stock.
For boat, RV or cabin owners looking to prevent water ingress from causing damage, Marine Traders offers circulation, heat and dehumidification products to hinder any invasion of moisture.
“There is nothing worse than finding your toys covered in mould and mildew at the end of a cold, wet winter,” says Belyea.
During storm season, float cabins, docks and breakwaters also require protection and extra attention.
“We have mooring buoys, shackles, thimbles and hardware, galvanized or stainless,” says Belyea. “Dock bumpers, fenders and edge mouldings are also available, along with Polysteel rope and mooring chain.”
Service is the number-one priority for Marine Traders staff members who have avid specialty interests and experience in salt and freshwater fishing, power boating, sailboating, hunting and shooting. The store carries firearms, ammunition, binoculars, rifle scopes and spotting scopes for hunting, lighting equipment for ATVs, boats and trucks, as well as prawn and crab traps and marine electronics.
“We often receive compliments about how much stock we carry and that pretty much everything for the boater, fisher or outdoor enthusiast is available right here in Powell River,” says Coulton. “We are able to fight above our weight class in a small-town market due to the support we receive from our long-term customers.”
Books, marine charts, topographic maps and publications covering the BC coast from Washington State to Alaska enhance the products and services found in-store.
“Customers can also check out the boating accessory catalogues on our website,” says Belyea, “and come in for hunting or fishing licences.”