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Old 06-03-2009
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(Sarcasm warning) I LOVE MARINE PRICES!

The other day, I removed the thermostat on my Westerbeke 20B Two to test it and make sure the spare that was bought by (I assume) the PO was correct.

Well, the spare was completely different. The only thing I can say about it is that it's a genuine Westerbeke part.

So...not wanting to be left with no spare, I went online to order a new one.

(Sticker shock!) $60!!! and another $6.50 for the gasket. Give me a break!

In a state of shock, I stopped by my local Napa Auto Parts to see if they might have something that would work. Lo and behold, we found the exact same thermostat...and the grand total? $20. Oh...and I got some of the gasket material with the sticky back to make my own...that nearly broke me at $0.59.

To order would have set me back about $70 w/shipping.
Local Napa: $20.85 or so...

Now...does that seem right to you?

By the way, I am going to sell the other, wrong thermostat on eBay...figure I can come out ahead!
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