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our local Boater's World had a lot of items at 30 off on the first day. I've been selective in my frenzy but noticed that a lot of things I had my eye on have disappeared. All charts and the like were 30 off or more. I've picked stuff I know we must have to pass USCG and for Great Lakes navigation. Found a few stocking stuffers. I am waiting for a few choice items to drop as well. I don't know about the on-line store. They only show list prices and no mention of the closing.
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Last week I did stop by at WestMarine Palo Alto, my prefered store for many years ..... they are gone. WM has been closing some stores to adjust to the new times ....
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I found out the on-line store is neglected & dead. There is no mention of the store closing. Store clerks say the warehouses are being emptied into the stores & on-line is non-functional. They are seeing some stuff that hasn't been around for a while. I picked up four of those big bulky class I PFDs the CG requires for offshore.
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I stopped in at the local Boater's World today, they are here until June 21. I picked up a few cleaning supplies and a horn but that's about it. I was looking at the Garmin GPSMAP 545. They have them in stock. On the shelf below it is a sticker saying it is priced at $999, which I believe is list. There is a sign stating that all electronics are 10% off "the original price" whatever that means.

Anyhow, that made th Garmin 545 $900 + 7% sales tax. I have seen the same unit, brand new and returnable, listed online for $750 + 0% sales tax + $14 shipping.

So as others here have said, a closing sale does not mean a bargain, or even a good price.
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I agree on the electronics. Last year's models at list price. You can definitely do better on line. Those items have not moved much from the Grand Rapids shelves. I almost bought Epoxy needed to re-build my rudder but checked first at West. All considered it was a savings at BW of 10 pr gallon. I checked on line last night and found an E-Bay store selling low viscisity marine epoxy in bulk for 35 a gallon. Even with a hefty shipping fee it was a comparitive steal. I bought 6 yards of 19 oz carbon fiber twill and 4 gallons of epoxy.

I still have my eye on a couple of BW items - waiting for the next reduction.
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Its a really big rudder. The blade is 35 wide and 70 inches tall. Shaft is 2-1/2 diameter SS. The leading edge is 6" diameter built up over the shaft. The original skin was over 1/2 inch thick with two layers of Kevlar built in. It was delaminating and the interior was water-soaked and moldy. I figure I will get four layers of 0.023 carbon with the 6 yards. There are some photos in My gallery. NICHOLSON58 http://www.sailnet.com/photogallery/...&ppuser=159746
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I think I am up to about 2 kilobucks now. We bought lots of maps & Charts for the Great Lakes to the East Coast by St Lawrence. Type I Offshore Life jackets and auto inflate as well. There was a lot of 3M adhesive product, VHF antenna for 29.00. We also bought slickers for ourselves and four extras for guests. With my 9-5E feet I buy any shoe that fits and I found a bunch at 19 a pair. I found 1000 feet of messenger line I will use on the masts. My new grand daughter gets the Barbie fishing rod. I found a "how to tie knots" ages 8 & up for my wife - a bank breaker at 85 cents.
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That Garmin 545 finally dropped below what the online cost would be, so I grabbed it. I'm sure many of you saw my Garmin rant, but that has nothing to do with BW.

A new store opened here called Boaters Edge. They have a pretty small stock, but their prices are okay and they are nice people.
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I wanted to buy an auto lifejacket, but there were none in any of the stores..

The line sale is ridiculous though.. 70% off stay-setX.. for our smaller lines that's .30 a foot !!

Just as an FYI - that has nothing to do with anything.. BW had $40m worth of stock (wholesale) on their shelves, and a "liquidation company" bought the lot for $14m.. so even if they sold their stock at 50% of wholesale, they would be making a fantastic profit.. (the VHF that was $199 retail marked down to $179 hardly qualifies..) but it might get down to that point. (I have yet to see any sailing hardware in the stores, it seems to have disappeared )

ahhh.. i didn't like em anyway, more of a WM guy..
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