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Cost of sailing gear

As has been discussed in the thread about Whisker poles, sailing hardware is very expensive for what you get. For many other types of hardware, there are numerous small CNC shops that make and sell parts, for example, I have a friend who makes a living by making camera mounts on his cnc mill. He sells via e-bay and does very well. Another friend makes custom pistol grips and has more business than he can handle.
OK, I'd like to make sailing gear similar to what I've made for my own boat. I've made backing plates for stanchions and other stuff from G10, rail mounting systems for grills etc, whisker poles, rope clutch assemblies, etc. However, look into the liability insurance for sailing gear and you will see why it isn't feasible. Unless you sell a lot, where you can justify the cost of the insurance premium, forget it.

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G10 backing plates
G10 stanchion bases
Lifeline tensioner with built in hanger for fender
cheap adjustable fender hanger
Adjustable whisker poles with G10 end fittings
Rope clutches
Rope and line clamps
replacement parts for old sailing hardware
Dovetail rail hangers for grills, dinghy mounts, motor mounts etc.
G10 Rudder mounts for Laser instead of the cheapo plastic ones
Winch handle with built in 2 spd mechanism for single spd winches
device for using your winch to haul your anchor
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Re: Cost of sailing gear

Many times you can buy the identical item in a non-sailing store for much less. Need an inflatable life vest, check out Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops. I'm sure there are many other examples we could come up with.
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Re: Cost of sailing gear

certainly this side of the pond , its a rare company that has product liability insurance. It simply isn't common.

Dave
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