Many years ago in fact in 1990 my family and I were holidaying in Port Lincoln , enjoying the spoils of the pristine coastline of the West Coast . We met Bob Hutchinson from the previous owner of the Spot on store in Port Lincoln , and it was from his enthusiasm that first sparked our interest in opening a tackle store back home in Port Pirie, from there we meet another mentor in Brian Wheadon from Copper Coast Marine and Tackle between the two, They set us of on our new career path and we opened Boats n Bits back in those days. We set about with a mission statement to our customers to be Loyal to them for their support, endeavour to bring them competitive pricing, gather the best brands, and ultimately supply good old fashion customer service .
Ours has been a family business without doubt having employed both daughters and both son in-laws, both Marine Techs , even Debra’s little sister Julie served some time in the business. Some think it is hard to work with family, but I believe there is no better way to keep grounded, than working with love ones as they are usually not shy in pointing out when your attitudes need adjusting LOL
We currently are Franchised dealers for Suzuki Motorcycles, Kawasaki Motorcycles, Honda Marine, Telwater Quintrex Boat motor Trailer dealer for Etec packages the only one in South Australia, Dunbier Trailers and Lowrance electronics .
A key player in our team is our son in law Hayden Prior, Hayden has been factory trained in products such as Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Honda Marine and has completed a certified Marine Technicians trade through Douglas Mawson Academy , Hayden is a keen Fisherman and motorcycle rider. Zac Reynolds is both a fully certified diesel mechanic trained at Rocky River Ag and an apprentice motorcycle mechanic another big part of our store, with an avid love of motorbikes, especially retro and vintage. Which ends up with many stories being swapped on a Monday morning , of what we got up to on a the weekend or what nearly was.
Leon and Debra also keen Touring riders owning a couple of bikes from a Cruiser to Adventure Bike and love nothing better than packing the bike and getting away for a week or weekend. One of Leon’s favorite things is to explore back roads, Debra stays home on those days because of Leon’s habit of getting lost purposefully LOL. Fishing has both Hayden and Leon interested and they love travelling to experience fish not normally caught in the area. Leon recently purchased and put together with the help of Hayden and Zac, the Quintrex premium 530 Renegade with a Honda Outboard and side console. This boat now sits in the front of our store for display to all passersby!