Figure out which standard automotive or truck oil
filters and oil
uses, and usually save at least 50% over the OEM or marine
versions, and often get better quality at the same time. I can buy various brands of filters at WalMart that fit my Perkins
, and even if I buy the top of the line version there it is cheaper than the marine
version. Truck type diesel
oil purchased there, like Delo, Rotella, and Delvac is identical or better than what you can get in marinas
and marine stores.
Deka-Penn deep cycle batteries at Sams Club that are less than half the price
and identical to the ones sold by West Marine.
gear, like Grundens, and save $$ over designer
yachty stuff, and it works better and lasts far longer.
Check out Amazon.com for lots of marine gear
at rock bottom prices. I just purchased a couple of Hella battery
switches there for less than $15 a piece--they're $32.99 in the WM catalog.