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Try our NEW Facebook Q&A - for first-hand advice from our Experts

Have your questions answered by our experts at 4pm Thursday on our Facebook Q&A - Force 4 at 4!

This is a great chance to get first-hand advice and tips from our very own Force 4 experts, in the comfort of your own home. Lawrence, Leigh and Neil will be on Facebook from 4pm, every Thursday, to answer your questions on all things sailing & boating.

 

We are committed to the local sailing community, and to helping continue your enjoyment of your beloved pastime. Even though our shops are temporarily closed, we aim to keep in touch with you, our customers, and keep sharing the expert advice you rely on receiving from us.

 

So whether you’ve been missing your regular visit to your local Force 4 Chandlery; you are planning to update or replace your chartplotter; you need advice on sizing for a new pair of boots, or you simply need to know which kind of antifoul to buy, please click the link below and leave us a question on the pinned post at the top of the Facebook panel. If you would prefer, you may send your question by email to elise@force4.co.uk

 

Click here to leave a question here for our F4 Experts

 

Once posted on our Facebook page, questions will be answered at the next Q&A session.

As well as our own Force 4 Experts, we regularly have guest experts answering questions on lifejackets, Navionics, liferafts, electronics, plumbing, VHF radios, clothing, chandlery and more. If there are any topics you are interested in discussing, please let us know.

Please 'Like' and Follow our Facebook page for updates, and invite your friends to join in

 

Meet our Force 4 Experts

 

“Billy,

WILLIAM BOOTH, CLOTHING DIRECTOR 

William has 30 years experience in the marine industry and joined Force 4 in 2012, setting up and opening the Plymouth store. His passion for the water started at a young age - and he spent much of his time with his father at Crosby Marina Lake windsurfing and fishing off the coast of Anglesey at every opportunity. He pursued his love for water sports by training to be an Instructor at The National Watersports Centre for Wales, Plas Menai in North Wales where he worked as a Senior Instructor for over 10 years teaching sailing, windsurfing and powerboats. Management roles in chandlery (retail and trade) followed, extending his experience in product knowledge and the marine industry. After joining Force 4 he became Clothing Director in 2016. He enjoys being hands on and helping his customers find the right solutions, "I love my job - it is full of variety - no day is the same".
 
 
 
“Pip,

PIP JOHNSTONE, DIRECTOR

Pip has been with Force 4 since 2006. He became manager of the Lymington store in 2007 and manager of the flagship Deacons store in 2012.
He grew up sailing on Poole Harbour in the 1980s before moving to Devon to learn about tides in 1990s on the Bristol Channel. Returning to Poole in 2006 he raced on various yachts inshore and offshore and competed at several Nationals in J105 and Nationals & Eurocup in the RS400 class.
He now maintains and sails the family cruiser - a Hunter Channel 27 - and is looking forward to sailing the new family dinghy RS Quest.

 

 
“Neil,

NEIL PARAMOR, CHANDLERY DIRECTOR

Neil joined Force 4 in 1996, when the Bristol store was first opened. Brought up on the Kentish coast, Neil grew up around boats, but didn't actually start to sail seriously until his late teens when he started crewing on race yachts. Going to university in Southampton kept him close to the water and gave him even more opportunities to race. He was lucky enough to crew on a number of boats that had very successful campaigns in regattas and events all along the south coast. He still sails whenever the opportunity arises, and also gets out as often as he can on his bike.

 

 
“Leigh,

LEIGH JACOBS, ELECTRONICS DIRECTOR

Leigh has been with Force 4 since 2009. He looks after the Marine Electronics side of the business and works closely with the suppliers to keep up to date with the latest developments in this field. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
“Lawrence,

 LAWRENCE TAFT, CHANDLERY BUYER

Lawrence joined Force 4 in 2017 and is the buyer for the Force 4 group of chandleries. He is a keen boater, loves both sail and power boats, and can't resist a project! He ran his own chandlery for over 10 years.

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