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Sailnet.com Booty, Baby!

Because I really like this forum, and the fact that it's free to us - and cool - and not lame - etc., I like to support it by buying my gear from Sailnet whenever I can:

Boating equipment, sailing gear, sailboat hardware, marine electronics, safety gear, foul weather gear and more.

In other words, I check SN first if I need something. I also typically recommend it to people looking for any kind of gear.

Now, the loyalty aspect of this is all noble and everything - but buying decisions typically boil down to a few common denominators: availability, quality, price, and service. Loyalty only goes so far...especially with guys like me.

But, I'm here to say that I've found that SN definitely stacks up on the above denominators - and if you're not checking out the stuff in the SN store, you're missing out...IMUSO.

So, the gist of this thread is for everyone around here to show off their SN Booty. And to review their booty grabbing in light of the above denominators. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

I just bought a haul of cool stuff from SN...which I'll soon review below with pics, price comparisons, etc. What about you?
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You can buy me whatever you like.... , I use it and review...as long as it's from SN.
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Heck yah, just found this the other day. I'll be pulling the trigger on this in a month or two!



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Now THAT'S hilarious! It looks like my new thread brought down the whole freakin' store with an influx of new traffic.

Man, I should get paid for this stuff!

I'll post my review as soon as the store is back up. Heh-heh. Hilarious.
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Okay, I'm in the process of filling my "Go Bag" - stuff I'll need for my own sailing, as well as crewing/racing for/with others. I've got a long way to go to fill it, but here's the start.

Price comparisons are via Goggle Shopping (a good cross section) which shows you how Sailnet compares on price:

1. DRY PAK WATERPROOF DUFFEL BAG (DP-D1BL) = $41.98 ($43-$49 on Google)


2. Revere Comfort Max Manual Inflatable PFD with ORC Safety Harness (45-61020-101R) = $122.10 ($117-$160 on Google)


3. ACR FIREFLY PLUS STROBE FLASHLIGHT COMBO (1916) = $30.17 ($27-$38 on Google)


4. ADVENTURE MEDICAL SOL CORE LITE SURVIVAL TOOL (0140-0818) = $16.00 ($20-$25 on Google)


5. MIDLAND NT3VP 5 WATT HH VHF W/ BATTERY, CHRGR, AC (NT3VP) = $59.98 ($58-$69 on Google)


6. Gill Regatta Deckhand Gloves Short Finger (GIL-7041) = $20.45 ($23 on Google)


7. Gill - Performance Shoe - Black/Carbon (GIL-956) = $37.19 ($45 on Google)


So, you can see that for the most part, the prices are much better than anywhere else and/or are very competitive. And the ease of ordering stuff from a single source is really nice as well. Put both of those together - and it's pretty hard to beat.

I've heard people complain about the customer service at SN in the past, and have run into a couple of those issues a couple of years ago when I ordered a holding tank. But the service on this order was rock solid, from the new/better layout of the store and to when I submitted a ticket through the store to add something to my order. Karen got back to me the next day and took care of everything prior to shipping.

Overall - an A+ experience.

Rock on SN!

PS - I'll snap a pic of my glorious go-bag and its contents soon and you guys can tell me everything I'm still missing!
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Oh I GOTTA get me one of those!
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Nice marketing campaign! I also believe in giving back and would buy some of my stuff at SN; if I could find it here.

I just looked for Cetol at the SN store and can't find it with a search for 'Cetol' nor in the Paints category under Boatbuilding & Repair. I may be daft and missing a tooth but it seems to me they do not carry Cetol wood finishes.

Normally I try to plan my buying and usually use web based merchants when I can but today I found the Natural Teak and Clear that I needed now, at WM for $30/quart when I stopped by today.

I would say that the best online boating related shopping websites are (in no particular order): defender, Hamilton Marine, WM, MoyerMarine.com. I list these because I have an Atomic 4 and Moyer has parts no one else does for my engine. The other general boating e-stores I listed have fairly intuitive screens, they all carry a deep and wide diversity of items that I may use and they are in my region of the country so shipping is less (I'm either really cheap or Scottish or both).

Oh, and I bought a WM brand automatic life vest like the one you pictured above 'on sale' for $80 + tax. I'm still kicking myself that I did not buy one for myself as well.

That said, I'll see if I can find what I might need and want at the SN store.
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That knife is pretty cool! Let us know if it rusts!
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Just reporting back on the stuff I bought above right here on SN. After 18 months of using everything - with 2 off-shore races - all the gear, except the Firefly has held up really well.

The flashlight on the Firefly stopped working after the first race. Junk. I'll buy a small strobe for the pfd and just use cheaper/smaller handheld flashlights in the future.

The gloves and shoes ROCK though - as do the bag and pfd. Very happy.
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