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08-30-2002 02:12 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Having worked at JSI for many many years, there is not much I don''t know about the company. Both JSI and Sailnet
By the way St. Pete Guy. The company has not been owned by a Mr. Johnson for nearly 20 years.
I currently work for Sail Net. I''ve transferred from St. Pete to Charleston to join a very solid SailNet team. Believe me if I thought that SailNet was not going to be a solid company with excellent service to the customer I''d have stayed in St. Pete.
Mr. Kirk''s "announcement" is entirely accurate.

Having been in this industry for about 30 years I have never seen a group more dedicated to the support of sailors needs and customer service. That''s why I''m here.

As far as vendor relations. Any body who has worked in this arena understands the dynamic.
Vendors come and go, ownership groups change,
this has always been the case.

If you would like the level of sevice,expertise and pricing that you are used to, pick up the phone, dial Sailnet.
We''ll be here. Constantly improving and growing to serve you better.

I''m not going anywhere.
Thanks Mary Beth, Denr(Ithink)
for your input.

Standing by;
08-28-2002 09:37 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

As a matter of fact, yes they have. Yesterday. I recieved the notification in my mail.
08-23-2002 06:40 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Thank you so much, Mr. Kirk.

Glad to see that even more business is moving to Charleston, SC. Years ago Madame saw it as the place to be for Beneteau.

Thank you for taking the time to answer here on the boards. I have referred many people to this site who have come back to me very happy with their purchases.

Thank you,
Mary Beth
08-21-2002 03:02 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Just an observation from the sidelines: this thread is about the "custom shops", which I''m guessing most of visitors here don''t use regularly. When run as JSI, they were fine. I''ve been out cruising and so haven''t had/needed to use those shops while Sailnet has owned them. But I''ll watch things with care before taking business there, even tho'' I hear that former JSI folks will be running the operation, which is the good news. Why wait a bit? Because that''s what you do when you''re deciding where to take your business (and money) and it''s useful to see how smooth the transition is before leaping in with an order.

Those of you who order an autopilot or some dacron line are in a different situation. Sailnet just passes the merchandise along and has no say in how well it works. When you have some lifelines made...or maybe the cushion on which you sleep at want to make sure the job''s done well.

Adios to Sailnet in St. Pete. Welcome back, JSI (Son of JSI?). I think we''ve just seen yet another Dot Com head over the horizon....

08-21-2002 05:06 AM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

I second your notion. Sailnet has always been good to me. Always great prices and good service. I will continue to use them when appropriate, maybe more since I live in FL and will get the benefit of no sales tax once they move.
08-20-2002 07:37 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

First of all Sailnet has always been very good to me and I will "travel" with them wherever they go.

As for the custom shops. I have a woderful Airforce Spinaker and will buy sails from that loft, if it belongs to sailnet or if it belongs to somebody else.

As for deposits on custom work. Are you sending them cash ??? I use a credit card for transactions like that. Its rather simple to ask for the money back, if the work isnt done, or the company dissapears....

Therefor I dont think that there is any concern whatsoever....

1. Good quality work is done in the SAILNET custom shops. And good work will stay around.
2. Credit Cards are really nice in case of a dispute, they almost always favour the customer and not the vendor.


08-19-2002 05:30 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Bill, I appreciate you replying on behalf of Sailnet. For those of us with work to be done, I guess we need to wait until the new owners are unveiled and we get a feel for the new/old operation.
08-19-2002 12:22 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

stpeteguy - The reason you haven''t seen an announcement is because it hasn''t been made yet. We have a press release ready, but like all deals, it''s not official.

The short version is that the Marketing, Purchasing, Accounting, Web Development, and IT departments are based in Charleston, SC. Warehousing and Manufacturing are in St Petersburg, FL. Twice the rent, utilities, and somethimes salaries due to two locations.

After carefully reviewing each of the units, we made the decision to sell some of them, while retaining others along with the warehouse, and move these to Charleston.

Of the units that will be sold, a large percentage of their business is OEM or retail work specific to the St. Petersburg geographic area. The units that will be moved are less dependent on OEM work and retail sales in that geographic area.

We will make an official announcement as soon as all of the t''s are crossed and the i''s are dotted.

On the bright side, we won''t have to charge sales tax in Florida once the deal is done.


Bill Kirk
VP Marketing
08-17-2002 09:33 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Well, thanks, Denr. Although I have had some (sailing) in the last few weeks, it''s been on those little bitty thirty footer and less boats around here. Size does matter! The only really lovely sail I had was on a 32 footer that I single handed for an entire afternoon after rigging and commissioning her (all myself) for a couple I know who just opened a dealership. I even got to take my dog, a - guess what, ****(er spaniel). Would love a good (sail) and a galley slave to fetch and grab (beers). You do know the way between a girl''s sea legs, you dog!

It''s still warm enough to be in Chicago, so sorry I can''t be there.


08-16-2002 01:59 PM
Have Sailnet changes been announced?

Hey cut Maryveeberth some slack, she''s probably not had the rock-hard SS wheel in her hand for some time now and she is feeling a little frustrated. We all get a little cranky when we''ve not had some (sailing) for a while. She should travel to Chicago next weekend and go sailing with me. I''ll even be her galley slave and fetch her beer and sandwiches! The woofer has to stay home.
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