Who We Are
The Minney's have been playing with boats in Newport Harbor for sixty plus years. After WWII, George Minney purchased the sixty five foot schooner "Kelpie" and soon had her running charters to Catalina island. He pretty much raised his three sons aboard "Kelpie." In 1959 the Minney men sailed off on a year's voyage to Tahiti. Upon their return, the family opened Minney's Ship Chandlery, a marine consignment store where you could buy, sell and trade boat gear, sails and equipment. The Minneys opened the right business at the right time. Fiberglass boat building was taking off, thousands of novices were building multi-hulls, ferro cement boats and kit boats in their back yards. Weekly truck loads of surplus teak cabinets, louvered doors, and the entire spectrum of boat hardware would arrive from Columbia, Islander, Ericson, West Sail and the rest of the So. Calif fiberglass boat building companies. In short order, Minneys became the GO-TO source for quality new and used gear at AFFORDABLE PRICES.
Fifty years has has slipped astern. George Minney has departed to the land of "fair winds and following seas" and Ernie has been at the helm of Minneys for the past 30 years. In 1975 Ernie was lucky enough to purchase the lovely sixty eight foot schooner "Shearwater" from an east coast university. After two years of outfitting her (pretty handy having a boat hardware store) Ernie and his family followed in the wake of the "Kelpie" to Tahiti and then kept heading west. To help make ends meet, Ernie bought and sold nautical gear along the way. Pictured is Ernie with ship's lamps etc. he purchased in Samoa and later sold in New Zealand. Ernie completed the family circumnavigation in 1970. He sold "Shearwater" ( pictured above now running day sails out of the World Trade Center marina) and returned to full time management of Minneys. At this time he also changed the name to MINNEY'S YACHT SURPLUS, to better describe what his business was all about.
It is with mixed emotions that I put my business up for sale. Fifty years is a long time to stick with ANYTHING! If I've been successful it's because of my knowledge of boats and love of the sea. The business part has really been quite simple. Buy for a dollar and sell for two or three, be nice to people and generous to your staff, show appreciation to all those that have helped your business thrive and be honest in your dealings with EVERYONE... Ernie Minney
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