-By Emily Small-
According to Bonnie Munao, matriarch of the Munao clan who owns Shipyard Island Marina, the business has changed dramatically since opening 38 years ago. “We are a far cry from what we used to do: Serving fishermen, selling ice cream, clothes…we don’t do any of that now,” she explained.
What they do, thanks to their growing e-commerce section,is employ 10-12 people, full-time, year-round, on an Island where those kinds of jobs are hard to come by.
The Shipyard still provides all the services any marina does, including boat repairs and service, fuel, boat storage and transient slips. And the popular Sailor’s Pub restaurant, run by the Munao family for many years, is currently leased to former employees of the restaurant and is still in operation.
According to Andy Munao, Jr. who heads the e-commerce department, it all started in 2005 when he began answering Yamaha outboard technical questions on a boating forum.
“People wanted to buy parts from me. It was never my intention, but I wanted to help,” he said. E-commerce grew from there. Today the Shipyard operates two websites, selling Yamaha and Mercury outboard motor parts.
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