Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Marathon, Florida
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Truck Stop Boat Parts
We all know the word "Marine" on the package adds at least a 30% markup -- sometimes as much as 100%.
Now if I'm buying electrical wire, stainless hardware or a through hull I'll gladly pay extra for marine grade. But that's not always the case.
At the local truck stop I found a 12v 19" flat screen with an internal DVD player for $325 (compare @ $500 for similar 12v model w/o DVD at Defender). A 12v wet/dry vac identical to one at West Marine for $10 less at the time ($19 vs. $29). And an emergency repair kits for diesel exhaust systems and hoses.
I've also hit some deals at the RV store. My water filters are usually about 20% less (same brand/model), $30 off my fresh water pump and an AC vent that was $29 at the marine store was $3.99 ! I also picked up some light fixtures.
What kind of deals have you scored on boat stuff and where?
The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau