When you had asked your question to the guy in the boat yard you made it sound as if it were a thing. It is a place, that may have been why he had the blank stare.
A quick search on the internet
brought this up.
Rising out of historical necessity, a chandlery was a store that sold nautical parts
, and other commodities to sea-bound vessels. The chandlery came into prominence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when ships were the preferred method of transportation for the lucrative industries of cargo shipping
, and whaling among other areas. The chandlery in its simplest form acted as a storeroom for hoarding
supplies of wax and tallow
candles, soaps, oils, paints, ropes, as well as other things that sea-bound sailors would need to aid them in their journeys.
Mostly around the eighteenth century, owners set up their chandlery along wharves, which made their business mostly about providing lighting
on board the ships that passed the wharf. As business expanded due to success in the industries that required maritime transit, the chandlery was able to increase its assortment of inventory
and began offering other essential supplies for sea-going vessels.
What is a Chandlery?