Join Date: Jul 2001
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AVAILABILITY and PERSPECTIVE
Some of us recall the "good old days" before West Marine, when trying to buy any marine item was a challenge.
I think WM set the bar for availability of items that we didn't find anywhere else.
They've gone through many phases: knowledgeable staff to clueless to now a reasonable mix.
Before one starts knocking WM, consider the alternative: little or no source for any boating material.
Our local Safeway stores did the "meet & greet" crap a few years ago and it was just horrible.
But I don't mind someone saying hello when I walk in, I just say hello back and keep going. If they ask what I'm looking for I say "Just browsing" or looking for something but i know where it is.
Not so hard.
Stu Jackson, C34, 1986, M25 engine, Rocna 10 (22#)