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Viking Marine is currently recruiting dynamic marine leisure enthusiasts to join its Retail Team in the Dun Laoghaire shop.

Both full time and part-time positions are available as Viking Marine embarks on a very busy summer season both in our shop and online.

To learn more about the roles click here.

To apply for the position simply forward your CV by email to our Retail Manager Dean Brien at [email protected]

Under current restrictions, we request that all applications are made by email only.

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Catching a small hole or tear now may save a lot of time and money down the line.

Drying your wetsuit inside and out after rinsing it with fresh water is the best way to keep it fresh and make it last longer.

In the latest in its Product Care video series, Viking Marine staff member, Antonia, from Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay explains how salt is the natural enemy of sailing wear and gives some tips on how to prevent salt from destroying your suit.

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We've all been there, forgetting to wash a sailing jacket only to discover the next time you pull it out of the bag, the zip is corroded. It's normally due to not being washed out thoroughly with fresh water that expensive marine clothing gets destroyed.

There are multiple tactics you can use to remove salt from zippers and keep your items in working condition.

Salt buildup often occurs on the zippers of sailing jackets and trousers, boots and bags. Zippers should be cleaned of salt buildup so that they don’t stick or corrode. 

In his latest product care video, Viking Marine's Ian O'Meara from Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay explains how salt is the natural enemy of sailing wear. Ian gives some tips on how to prevent salt from destroying your zips.

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Viking Marine has launched a series of short videos on how to care for your technical kit and tips and checks on safety kit to do in advance of any sailing season.

In the first of its Viking Marine product series on youtube, Dean Brien looks at the best ways of looking after and storing your sailing footwear.

If you're a dinghy sailor or yacht sailor check out the tips below on how best to care for your boots.

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Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are offering 15% discount off its 2020 Helly Hansen and Crew clothing range.

Large selection of Jackets, Mid-layers, fleeces and tops are included in the Black Friday Sale.

Shop now for nationwide delivery or click and collect in our shop in Dun Laoghaire.

For the Christmas Gift that is sure to please, click here

T & C's apply

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour marine retailer Viking Marine has made The Irish Times Irish retailers online Christmas shopping list edited by Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Conor Pope.

Viking Marine say they are delighted to be included in this list of top online retailers. Online sales continue to grow since the launch of the new website in August, according to Viking's Ian O'Meara. 

O'Meara and the team are delighted with the growth in sales and positive customer feedback and he says 'The growth in numbers of people taking to sea swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding has introduced a whole new community of shoppers to Viking Marine who enjoy both the on-line and the click and collect service, as we are located on the doorstep of some of Ireland's greatest swimming locations'.  And whilst we may be somewhat out of season for sailing more and more of our young dinghy sailors are still getting out on the water'.

As regular Afloat readers will recall from W M Nixon's piece about Viking from September, the re-shaping of the business has been noted for retaining customer loyalty while being a highly respected element in the development of Dun Laoghaire' commercial, civic and watersports life.

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At Viking Marine, we will continue to supply all our customers during the current restrictions in a number of ways.

Our shop remains open for safety equipment, PPE and essential boat repair supplies Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our full range of products are available through our website here for nationwide delivery and for click and collect at our shop in Dun Laoghaire.

A happy Viking Marine shopper availing of the click and collect service at Dun Laoghaire HarbourA happy Viking Marine shopper availing of the click and collect service at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

And with our electric scooter, we can do local deliveries by arrangement too. And please do remember one thing has not changed and that is we are only ever a phone call away: Tel: 01 2806654.

Dean (in the vid below) explains how when shopping local and visiting Viking Marine your safety is our priority.

A Viking Marine customer tries on a lifejacket, part of the extensive Safety equipment range availableA Viking Marine customer tries on a lifejacket, part of the extensive Safety equipment range available

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Newstalk's' Bobby Kerr popped into the new look Viking Marine Store in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this week and he and Viking's Ian O Meara de-mystified the term 'chandlery' and discussed opportunities for the Irish marine industry, as well as business challenges and emerging trends in the world of marine leisure.

In early 2019 Dun Laoghaire sailor, O'Meara felt it in his gut that marine leisure was on the rise and so the Dun Laoghaire marine shop and chandlery embarked on a strategy for growth. And the harbour firm is eyeing opportunities post-pandemic as WM Nixon wrote here.

Listen to the podcast with Bobby Kerr here

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Dublin’s sailing community is reeling from the last-minute shutdown under Level 3 of the Government’s new coronavirus restrictions.

But safety remains paramount — especially at Viking Marine, where staff have gone above and beyond to ensure your visit to the recently revamped showroom at Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion is a comfortable one.

For those who need or prefer to shop online, options include nationwide next-day delivery, local click and collect — and even prearranged waterfront/marina deliveries by electric scooter.

Either way, Viking Marine shoppers can sign up to the new loyal programme which not only gives a 15% discount on your first order but also advance noice of upcoming sales and promotions, and points to redeem for vouchers towards a wide range of products.

For more, visit the new Viking Marine website HERE.

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In early 2019 Dun Laoghaire sailor, Ian O Meara of Viking Marine felt it in his gut that marine leisure was on the rise and so the Dun Laoghaire marine shop and chandlery embarked on a strategy for growth.

This was to involve investment in their omnichannel business resulting in a full shop re-fit, launch of a whole new digital platform and the rebrand of the entire VIKING MARINE brand. While the Covid pandemic was not part of the strategic plan along with its challenges it has presented many opportunities for O'Meara and his experienced team.

Viking Marine has traded in Dun Laoghaire for over 35 years with O'Meara at the helm since 2000 having made the decision to leave the family business, follow his dream to be at the fore of the marine leisure sector in Ireland.

A local man with a lifelong love for the sea he was born and reared in Sandycove and hunted for crabs from the age of 5 on rocks behind the family home. A regular sailor with a very impressive sailing bio both nationally and internationally he is also a daily sea swimmer as Afloat's W M Nixon in his profile last week here.

At the launch this morning O'Meara explained the decision to choose the pavilion as the location for his business.

Dean Brien, Retail Manager at Viking Marine with Ian O'Meara

'As neighbours to all the Dun Laoghaire Yacht clubs, sailing schools, swimming areas and water access we literally are at the epicentre of marine leisure in Dublin. We also play a vital part in linking the waterfront with Dun Laoghaire town. Let's face it Viking Marine are unique. Where else in the world is your local Chandler right on the high street'.

He also added that recent changes in the structure of Dun Laoghaire Harbour will further improve access to the water for everyone. Covid has further highlighted the sea as one of the greatest resources for fun and leisure, competition both individual and team sport, staycation and not to mention personal wellness.

Ian O'Meara and Viking Marine's Alan UsherIan O'Meara and Viking Marine's Shop Manager, Alan Usher

A further endorsement of O'Meara's profile and reputation was his recent appointment by leading Yacht Builder Oyster Yachts as their Irish Representative for Oyster Yachts. (Ian sailed his first Oyster in 1980!)

Whilst many of Viking Marine customers come in search of expertise and advice it was evident in 2018/2019 that more and more customers were visiting the on-line store. And so the strategic decision was made in 2019 to embrace an Omni-channel approach and grow the digital side of the business. Today sees a whole new look shop designed with DDC Shop fit & Design and the launch of the new site created and developed by the young team at Socialify based in Cork.

Viking Marine Accounts Manager Halyna Kekosh and Ian O'MearaViking Marine Accounts Manager Halyna Kekosh and Ian O'Meara

The changing customer profile saw more and more younger customers coming in search of advice and expertise. Excited by this business opportunity little time was wasted in re-thinking the look and feel of the brand. Brand Central were appointed and the result is a vibrant new logo and brand suite both in-store and on-line. On the criteria for selecting the shop, brand and web design partner's O Meara said 'At the outset, we made the decision to work with small indigenous design and creative companies for this project and we are absolutely thrilled with the outcome'.

So much research showing the positive impact of the sea on our mental health and wellbeing sees more and more people using the water on a more regular basis for sea swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking etc. Viking Marine have extended their product range to service this growing demand with the added bonus of already being experts in the area of staying safe while having fun on the water.

Ian O'Meara and Gerard Whelan of Brand Central Design

Viking Marine has successfully built a very strong and loyal customer base with very high levels of repeat business. O'Meara modestly describes this as good ol' fashioned retail - Excellence in customer service, expertise in sourcing and testing the best technical products on the market and a team actively involved in water sport themselves.

'One thing I am especially happy about with our new digital platform he continues 'is that we can recognise and reward our customers in so many ways now through our new and innovative CRP'.

Over the years Viking Marine have received Government support for business development and most recently for the digital project. This grant was doubly appreciated during the months of shut down as without it the project may well have been put on hold. O 'Meara finished with some encouraging words for other business owners 'Whilst the application process can be daunting it is worth it in the end, not just for the financial support but the thinking behind the application part forces us, business owners, to take ourselves out of the day to day and think blue sky and big picture. And where better to be inspired than on the water'

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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