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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-27-2014 03:02 PM
sulli
Re: Product Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by DocTom54 View Post
I have an '86 Peterson 46 that is fitted with Adkins Hoyle hatches and port lights. For the life of this boat these have been superior products, well constructed with little in design left to be desired. recently I went to replace the galley hatch as the opening portion developed a crack in the aluminum casting from metal fatigue from the spring. It only lasted 27 years! Wishing to replace with like brand I ordered a new hatch from AH as they would not replace the broken part only. It is a 12"x 17" hatch, replacement was $1275.00, which I thought was a bit high but as I could not fault the quality ordered the replacement. What I received was not the quality present on the boat and AH gladly accepted return with promise of a suitable replacement. Having just received the replacement and being again dissatisfied with its quality, called AH and spoke to Eric. He indicated that he had himself inspected the unit before shipment and found it acceptable. the issues are the castings which are of a much rougher finish and overall poorer in detail, the hinge bar holes were inaccurately drilled making the hatch and base misaligned upon meeting, the hatch is "reversible which is an additional charge but the support bar hole was not tapped. When I informed AH about the deficiencies I was informed that this was "as good as it gets" and that I was welcome to return the unit but that there was no point in replacing as another would be no better. I will likely keep the unit as I wish to keep uniformity in my components but I wanted to let folks know that we cannot rely on the quality of AH products as we have in the past. ERic at AH told me it was no longer profitable to invest the labor to make the same quality product as is on my 27 year old boat. And that is at $1275 for a 12x17 hatch.
so as a gear review thread just thought I would put this out there. The people were polite and accommodating and willing to accept return so I cannot fault them for that but they are apparently no longer capable of producing the quality that is their reputation.
I realize this an old post, but there is an excellent product I have used to weld aluminum with great success its called ALUMIWELD. I used this to repair a hole ripped into an aluminum hubcap from a 1925 Nash After 20 years its still there and only slightly different color. Also an alum flag staff bracket, a deck chair, and a few other things.
After welding the parts together the weld can be filed,ground,sanded and polished. I dont know how to add a link but I just typed the name and search found it. You get 20 sticks for $35 a lifetime supply or share with friends,I am connected to them in any way just think its a great product.
12-28-2013 01:12 AM
VallelyJ
Ritchie Navigator BN202 bulkhead compass

The magnets fell off the bottom of the card. Spontaneously, as far as I can tell. I looked one day and the card was skewed and unresponsive to a magnet. The 2 little magnets were rolling around on the bottom.
Sent it back. They were good about fixing it under warranty (about 2 years old) and said that enough glue hadn't been used during assembly.
So there I am stuck in a fog bank with only the compass to get me along a safe course. Plop. The magnets fall off because a) they were stuck on with glue and b) not enough glue. How chinese.
OK, the boat was on the hard and not at sea when this failure occured. But only by pure luck.
As I said, they fixed it without any problem, once I spent my time dismounting and shipping it to them. (No need to apologize, by the way) But the more I think about it, the more p__ed off I get at these dumb-asses. For over $200 they can damn well figure out how to affix the magnets mechanically, and not just stick them on with chemical spit. (Maybe mold the plastic so they clip in place, and glue them redundantly? Or is that too expensive?)
I hear Plastimo's equivalent is good--I wish I'd bought one.
John Vallely
10-06-2013 09:38 AM
DocTom54
Re: Product Reviews

Thanks Rugosa, it helps to know that I wasn't being unreasonable.
10-05-2013 10:16 AM
rugosa
Re: Product Reviews

I had similar response and attitude from Eric over saloon and head hatch lenses and also opening port gaskets & fasteners. For two small lenses, 3/8" gasket & 6 2-1/2 socket head screws over $600. I located everything needed elsewhere for less than $200. They obviously don't know how their competitors produce a better product at a profit. But it's the attitude that less is better when boats cost more, production volume is lower, and the higher end buyer is expecting more. You would think tooling quality for castings would have improved, not gotten worse. A&H covered a huge market in their day, but it sounds like their days could be numbered.
10-04-2013 10:41 PM
DocTom54
Re: Product Reviews

I have an '86 Peterson 46 that is fitted with Adkins Hoyle hatches and port lights. For the life of this boat these have been superior products, well constructed with little in design left to be desired. recently I went to replace the galley hatch as the opening portion developed a crack in the aluminum casting from metal fatigue from the spring. It only lasted 27 years! Wishing to replace with like brand I ordered a new hatch from AH as they would not replace the broken part only. It is a 12"x 17" hatch, replacement was $1275.00, which I thought was a bit high but as I could not fault the quality ordered the replacement. What I received was not the quality present on the boat and AH gladly accepted return with promise of a suitable replacement. Having just received the replacement and being again dissatisfied with its quality, called AH and spoke to Eric. He indicated that he had himself inspected the unit before shipment and found it acceptable. the issues are the castings which are of a much rougher finish and overall poorer in detail, the hinge bar holes were inaccurately drilled making the hatch and base misaligned upon meeting, the hatch is "reversible which is an additional charge but the support bar hole was not tapped. When I informed AH about the deficiencies I was informed that this was "as good as it gets" and that I was welcome to return the unit but that there was no point in replacing as another would be no better. I will likely keep the unit as I wish to keep uniformity in my components but I wanted to let folks know that we cannot rely on the quality of AH products as we have in the past. ERic at AH told me it was no longer profitable to invest the labor to make the same quality product as is on my 27 year old boat. And that is at $1275 for a 12x17 hatch.
so as a gear review thread just thought I would put this out there. The people were polite and accommodating and willing to accept return so I cannot fault them for that but they are apparently no longer capable of producing the quality that is their reputation.
08-05-2013 07:35 PM
blutoyz
Re: Product Reviews

Boomkicker...

Two thumbs up

Installed easily and I no longer fight with my backstay mounted topping lift. An added bunis is no more ducking at anchor
06-11-2013 08:39 PM
Tanley
Re: Product Reviews-SNADS

Quote:
Originally Posted by NauticalFishwife View Post
Finally getting around to installing the snaps for my cockpit cushions. After thinking twice about drilling, even a small hole for the metal snap/screw I decided to use the 3m SNAD. It's plastic, has a great adhesive with no holes to drill. I used the male SNAP for the locker lids and metal female snaps for the strap on the cockpit cushions. So far, so good! They are holding very well!
Do you have a link to the product? I checked Google and the 3M site and snaps snaps for everything from dentures to stethoscopes.
06-11-2013 03:23 PM
NauticalFishwife
Re: Product Reviews-SNADS

Finally getting around to installing the snaps for my cockpit cushions. After thinking twice about drilling, even a small hole for the metal snap/screw I decided to use the 3m SNAD. It's plastic, has a great adhesive with no holes to drill. I used the male SNAP for the locker lids and metal female snaps for the strap on the cockpit cushions. So far, so good! They are holding very well!
12-21-2012 04:25 PM
carl762
Re: Product Reviews

Hmm, must have got lucky. Been using mine in a marine environment for well over a year. Love the light. It really packs a punch.
12-21-2012 03:34 PM
L124C
Oh no...say it ain't so!

Quote:
Originally Posted by rugosa View Post
Had 2 of those lights, bought at Costco in Canada for $29.99 each. Great ergonomics, size, range, brightness. BUT neither one would recharge after about 4 months. Used them when showing houses, never had them wet. I'm rating them 0 out of 5 stars.
Yikes! I was afraid of that, but thought battery technology had advanced enough to avoid that old problem. I understand that Costco has such volume, that name brands manufacture products "especially" for them to achieve their price points (hence, the 33% discount). Don't know if it's true, but given the favorable reviews I've seen on the light, including one in this thread, maybe thats the case. If not, I'll be sure to post about it, just after I return the light to Lowe's!
Edit: Sure enough....The light no longer takes a charge. Called Stanley and they said I could return it (of course). Asked the rep it the light was problematic. He said "no...I have one myself". Yeah...right! Too bad. Other than the fact it no longer works, it's a nice light!
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