Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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SemiJim has some really good local suppliers in his area, including the North Sails loft in Mt. Clemens, and most importantly Thomas Hardware in Grosse Pointe. I'm not surprised that he thinks it's important to support them.
Like Jim, I carefully consider the impact my purchases have on those who are a part of my community, whether it's intentionally shopping the Sailnet store, a local chandlery, the little auto parts store up the hill, or marinas in the San Juans.
Consequently, I have paid more to support my community and will continue to do so.
But I just can't justify the almost doubling in price quotes I have received from local, larger sail lofts, who were going to send the work overseas anyhow.
I get my sails from FX Sails, and have repairs and upgrades done at my local, family owned sail loft (Schattauer Sails) They happily work on my sails, and I'm happy to pay them, although it's certainly not cheap.
That's the compromise I've reached.
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown