Also, unless you live in Connecticut, Defender doesn't charge Sales Tax, West Marine does... which makes them automatically at least 5% more expensive for me.
My list posted above was based on price, customer service, inventory depth and reliability.
Some of the vendors listed in the alternative group are usually lacking in one of these four criteria.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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