Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: Annual Defender Spring Sale
Sorry for all the problems you guys are having. My Defender order arrived in PA today. Unfortunately, I'm in Wisconsin. My wife reports that there was no visible damage to the exterior of the box. I asked her to open and inspect it, and was told, "You just made me open that heavy box of bottom paint, I'm done for tonight!" The paint was a shipment from iBoats, since my brand of cheap (but still pretty good) paint isn't sold by Defender or WM. Inspection of the paint was more urgent because of the risk of fumes if damaged (as I learned in last year's shipment). My wife reported the Defender box sound like there might be something loose inside (probably the track cleat), but nothing particularly alarming. I'll open it when I get home Friday night.
All these shipping problems remind me how useful it is to have brick and mortar stores available. Let's hope that West Marine continues to be competitive on price, with enough profit to stick around. It would be a shame to lose them.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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