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Question Cheap boat parts?

Where is the cheapest place to get lines and/or blocks for a sailboat? There is literally a chinese store for every other hobby, but I can't seem to find one for sailing. (example: hobbyking for Remotecontrol stuff) No need to lecture me on "I get what I pay for" just looking for a way to outfit my boat as cheap as possible. I have a small dinghy so if something fails it's not going to be a huge deal. Thank you for your time!
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

you may not think it is a big deal, until a full loaded block explodes and whats left bops you in the head or worse....at least spring for some good stuff for the loaded things...much cheaper than an ER visit or losing an eye or such.

But as I often say, your boat = do it your way,
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

Here is the thing, I can either buy new blocks that are cheap...or I can go sailing with the 60 year old blocks that are currently on the boat. Because there isn't money in the budget for 300 dollars in blocks. I would rather have cheap new blocks than rusting old blocks that who knows how good they are.
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

Quality metallurgy is the thing the Chinese are worst at, and the thing that is most important for marine hardware.

The best DEAL for sailboat hardware has to be Garhauer, which is excellent quality and not made in China.
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

Bacon's in Annapolis is the cheapest place I know. They have plenty of used stuff for sale at reasonable prices.
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

In answer to your question :

Ebay
Craigslist
Garhauer
Used consignment store

As you don't say : what kind of boat you have, where you live, and what your budget is, it's hard to be of much help.
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

You don't want or need cheap, you want or need inexpensive.

Used may not be as inexpensive as you think - you don't know the history and can't do non-destructive testing (x-ray's and acid tests) cheaply at home.

MarkSF said it first, I'll say it again. Garhauer.

I've got 14 years of reading every single copy of Practical Sailor magazine (no ads, honest testing). Garhauer wins every time for strong, reliable, built to last and is ALMOST always the #1 rated for budget buy because of that.
They are the heaviest, they are not the prettiest, and they are seldom made of space age polymers and carbon bucky ball stuff with goo. They work, they are inexpensive, and they have excellent customer service.

I get no thrill from champagne and no kickback from Garhauer.
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

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You don't want or need cheap, you want or need inexpensive.

Used may not be as inexpensive as you think - you don't know the history and can't do non-destructive testing (x-ray's and acid tests) cheaply at home.

MarkSF said it first, I'll say it again. Garhauer.

I've got 14 years of reading every single copy of Practical Sailor magazine (no ads, honest testing). Garhauer wins every time for strong, reliable, built to last and is ALMOST always the #1 rated for budget buy because of that.
They are the heaviest, they are not the prettiest, and they are seldom made of space age polymers and carbon bucky ball stuff with goo. They work, they are inexpensive, and they have excellent customer service.

I get no thrill from champagne and no kickback from Garhauer.
Thank you for this. I am definitely going to check them out.
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You don't want or need cheap, you want or need inexpensive.

Used may not be as inexpensive as you think - you don't know the history and can't do non-destructive testing (x-ray's and acid tests) cheaply at home.

MarkSF said it first, I'll say it again. Garhauer.

I've got 14 years of reading every single copy of Practical Sailor magazine (no ads, honest testing). Garhauer wins every time for strong, reliable, built to last and is ALMOST always the #1 rated for budget buy because of that.
They are the heaviest, they are not the prettiest, and they are seldom made of space age polymers and carbon bucky ball stuff with goo. They work, they are inexpensive, and they have excellent customer service.

I get no thrill from champagne and no kickback from Garhauer.
Wow this is a great thread! How about the same thing for lines?
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Re: Cheap boat parts?

You can purchase line at discounted prices if you look at the "sale rack" of APS, Defender, etc. online - this is where they sell mis-cuts and spool ends.

If you have a local West Marine that caters more to sailors (than some others) you can sometimes find spool ends there.

E-bay often has good deals for whole spools or cut pieces.

All of the above are really hit or miss.

In additon, Cajun Ropes cajunropes.com seems to have decent products that are less expensive the New England, Marlow & Samson.
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