Ok, yesterday we hit the following places:
- Backyard Boats
- Bacon Sails
and ate lunch at Federals, and had ice cream on Dock Street.
Lunch wasn't bad. I don't remember anyone mentioning that place, but it was fine.
Today we're going to Six Flags for the kids, then back to Annapolis on Thursday for the Naval Academy. We're not sure about Friday yet.
I bought all new sheets for the C Scow I recently bought, can't wait to get home now and replace the clotheline that's on her now
Well, actually, only the main sheet looks as if it's 1/2" clothesline.... The rest is actually sailboat sheets, but they're fairly old. After I replace them I'm going to wash them and see how they turn out. If they're not too bad I can use some on the Koralle or the scow-like Snark that we have.
I looked in both APS and Bacon's for a complete set of blocks to replace the 20 yr old blocks on her now, but no luck. I'm hoping Fawcetts or West Marine have enough. I'm betting West Marine does.
I received some great advice for painting her top sides and hull at APS and am excited to see the outcome this winter. The best info I have seen for painting the spars in on this website. That's my first winter project.
Does anyone know how well a powder coated trailer holds up to salt water? I am seriously considering powder coating the trailer to match the color of the spars, which will probably be white, but I'm going to test out a few different color schemes in photoshop.
Steve at Bacon Sails lucked out! A local was trying to sell his Balboa before the people buying his house closed on it, but couldn't, so he GAVE it to Steve. It's on a trailer, has a few soft spots on the decks, and needs to have the bottom scraped, but dang, can't beat that price.
Bet that guy got a free Bacon Sails t-shirt eh?
Steve gave my kids Bacon Sails t-shirts. He's a great guy, and whoever wrote that they have a lot of personality at Bacon Sails was right on the money. I'll never go to Annapolis again without stopping in and saying hi. That's where I bought my sheets too, for less than half the price I'd have paid at West Marine.
No offense to West Marine though, our local store in Flowery Branch, GA has an awesome sales team and Manager. The customer service there is great, and they carry more blocks than APS and Bacon Sails combined. Wink at our local store knows Hobie Alter and sailed on one of his prototype cat's before Hobie ever put one on the market. Anyway, their customer service is incredible there. I don't care if I only need to pick up a stainless steel bolt, I plan on being there at least an hour.
I'm telling you, one and all, if I could come up with a way to make the same amount of money as I do building websites by working on or with sailboats, in any capacity, I'd do it in a heart beat. I love what I do, there are very few people in the United States who've been online for a week or so that have NOT been to a website I have worked on. But nothing on earth compares to sailboats and sailing.
Oh, uh... except my wife and kids. (never know if she's going to start reading this forum...
If any good PHP developers are reading this forum, I'd sure like to replace that buggy, java based, boat shopping cart system in use by so many brokers and sailboat stores... I know mySQL and SQL Server, you probably do too, so lets get together and save the planet, or at least our friendly neighborhood brokers.
Thanks again everyone for the advice. I'll probably visit Bacon Sails a couple more times before we leave the area. Hopefully Fawcetts and West Marine as well.