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09-21-2014 10:48 PM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

We took a lightning strike in July. Lots of things were wiped out.

My Marine Beam SOLO deck spots were lifetime warranted & replaced.

My Vesper Marine Watchmate 850 is being covered as well.

One of my 1.5 KW 24 Volt alternators was smoked - Rebuilt for 75 dollars by Quick-Start in Grand Rapids. The second time they have rebuilt an alternator for us at such a low price.

Thanks to all of these great guys.
09-21-2014 10:37 PM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

I bought SIGNALMATE port, starboard, stern lights at the ALL SAIL Chicago show several years ago. All were filled with water this spring. The vendor said the early units had problems and replaced all three - no cost including brackets. The new ones are quite an improvement, both better built & brighter.

Mark & Lynn
Sailing from Muskegon Michigan
09-17-2014 09:03 AM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post

I have owned both Mastervolt and Fisher Panda. First, regarding Mastervolt, they have replaced items out of warranty for me and reply to my questions within 24 hours. Now, I have had problems with my generator. However, they took an interest in getting them resolved and did it without concern. I would buy one of their products again.

- CD
Sorry, gotta disagree with this one. I have a ChargeMaster 24/20-3 that blew a power supply capacitor just out of warranty. The fuse that was supposed to protect it blew, but not in time or as a result of the capacitor fault. To me, that's a defect in manufacturing and/or design. The response from MasterVolt was "Sorry, nothing we can do for you." I realize that N=1 does not a trend make but for the price they charge, I expect these sorts of problems to be extremely rare and, if they do occur, the response to be much more helpful.
09-16-2014 02:16 PM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

Raka Inc. Fort Pierce Fl Raka, Inc. 772-489-4070
Marine Epoxy Resins and Supplies... Really happy with the product and service. 2:1 by volume (no fancy pumps) Multiple resins and hardeners, most hardeners are cross compatible so you can blend according to current temps (eg 50/50 fast and slow) and you can order split quantities of hardner (eg: 1.5 gal kit w\/ 1gal resin, 1qt fast hardner, 1qt slow hardner. Excellent prices lots of supplies (glass cloth, carbon fibre, fillers, tools) and if you call, you get a real person, not a machine. Ordered some fast hardener this morning as temps have cooled below working temps for the tropical I have been using. Ordered at 8am, got a shipping notice by 11am.

Half the price of the big boys, and I have had zero issues with their product.

The Solitaire's 6' dink built with Raka epoxy resins and fillers
09-16-2014 10:05 AM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

Atlantic Spars in Annapolis.

They were able to weld a broken aluminum hatch frame and did a bunch of other work on my boat for less than the price of a new hatch. Marc always takes care of me!
09-16-2014 09:36 AM
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Someone in another thread was asking about boat covers. I just wanted to mention how impressed I've been with my cover from Fairclough Sailmakers in New Haven, CT.

The cover came with the boat when I bought her and from the date penciled on the back side it was ordered with the boat when delivered in 1995.

After 19 years the cover is still in very good condition. After last years tough winter I noticed a couple of stitches at the top of the main zipper starting to open up. I'll get that fixed before I haul for the season. I can't see any reason why I wouldn't get at least another five years from this cover. That's great quality by anyone's standards.

I used tarps on my old boat, but after having a good quality cover I'd never go back to a tarp. It's worth it just for the peace of mind when a nor'easter is blowing or when we get the kind of snows we did last winter.
06-05-2013 09:14 AM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

Great service recently and fast friendly personal responses for maintenance/support of these 2 products:

thanx to Debi at LED Marine Lights and John at Peek a Booo? sailboat privacy shutters, blinds, shades, and window treatments for portlights and hatches.
06-05-2013 02:20 AM
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I would recommend Don's Marine Salvage in Clearwater Florida.
Welcome to Don's Marine Salvage. Your new and used boat parts heaven!

I had to replace my boom after I got my boat back, and they sold me a new Dwyer boom with all the fittings for a lot less than I would have had to pay Dwyer for the extrusion alone.

I got it 2 days after it shipped.

Good service (but they close early on Friday), and easy to work with.

It's nice to be able to say good things about vendors, rather than having to warn people about the bad ones!
06-04-2013 11:43 AM
Re: Very Good Vendor Thread

Ritchie Compass.

I got one of their bulkhead mount "explorer" compasses, which is on the lower end of their range. A few days after I installed it I noticed that it was missing fluid, and when I took it out it had a slow leak. I returned it to Ritchie under their warranty, they agreed to replace it due to a defective seal, and got it back to me today, less than 3 weeks after I mailed it to them.

I thought for sure a leaky compass would be blamed on the purchaser, especially in such a low-end unit, but they owned up and replaced it. Relatively quickly too considering that this is the busiest time of year.

It's a nice compass too for the money, only quam is it should have an LED bulb instead of old style incandescent, but that can be replaced.
06-03-2013 02:24 PM
Got old winches and need a handle?

Looking for handles that fit old winches? See this post regarding Auclair Nautic.
After searching for years, I'm a very happy customer!
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