Stright-MacKay Ltd. - ERBP Spotlight on Business

10.04.2016 Frank MacFarlane

1.  What products or services do you sell?

For 68 years, Stright-MacKay Ltd. has provided our customers with the best and most innovative marine products from around the world. We offer a selection of over 15,000 stock items, parts and supplies based on industry demand and direct customer feedback.

2. What is the one thing your business is known for, over your competitors?

We provide the most comprehensive inventory of marine equipment in Atlantic Canada and we back it with exceptional customer support - on every level. This means expert guidance about the parts we sell, helpful advice about industry trends and new regulations and carefully listening to our customers to gain a full understanding of their needs. It also means rapid, next-day delivery in order to get boats back on the water as soon as possible. 

3. How did your business get started? 

Stright-MacKay's long history of building and servicing boats - our original business - has contributed greatly to our ability to help boat builders go further. Whether you need electrical parts, paint supplies, cabin equipment or anything in between, our crew will guide you in the right direction. Our experience has taught us the difference between various brands and individual components, and we feel a sense of responsibility to share this with our customers.


The company decided to cease boat building operations in 1982 and focus on our distribution business to meet the growing demand for marine equipment products and supplies. It is this distribution business that represents today’s Stright-MacKay Ltd. 

After 15 years of growth in the marine distribution business, Stright-MacKay Ltd. found itself exceeding its original warehousing limitations in Pictou. Within the next 3 years, construction was started on a newly design facility located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. 


Currently based out of the facility constructed in New Glasgow in 2001, Stright-MacKay Ltd. is continually growing. Within the past calendar year, there has been several warehouse additions under construction to maintain the constant rate of growth in our inventory.

4. Number of employees (including owner)