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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
More than once, I have sourced the part for the boat yard, when they have difficulty. Ironically, they are sometimes limited to certain distributors where they get wholesale pricing or have billing established. You can order retail on the internet anywhere.
They've typically been happy to allow it, because the few bucks they make on the single part is being eaten up with too much research and phone calls.
Once, I had a boat yard swear to me that a part was not in inventory in the entire country, but I was looking at it online, while on the phone. The manager swore the inventory was wrong, so I called the vendor and asked them to verify. Long story short, I had it drop shipped to the yard overnight the next day. It turns out that their outside electronic contractor told them it did not exist, but did not have access to this particular source.
The internet has become a great tool for dealing with misinformation from boat yards. I'm not saying yours is misleading. They did admit they have limited sources, which is common. Yours gets a gold star for being honest.
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