Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-04-2014, 06:45   #16
Moderator
 
HappyMdRSailor's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Mississippi
Boat: 48 Wauquiez Pilot Saloon-C22 Chrysler Sunpiper- 19 Potter-Preparing to cruise w/my girl
Posts: 5,980
Re: West Marine Again

Quote:
Originally Posted by Safari38LH View Post
Jamestown has good prices too. They often have free shipping weeks - that's when I buy my bottom paint - 40% cheaper than WM.
The man speaks the truth.... This is how I cover my bottom too...
__________________

__________________
In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair...

Mai Tai's fix everything...
HappyMdRSailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 07:31   #17
Registered User
 
Gerrycooper56's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2011
Boat: Tayana 52
Posts: 232
Re: West Marine Again

WM in Fort Pierce is looking to move as well (there's a sign up at a mall). The current one is next to a Publix and a Chinese restaurant within walking distance of Harbortown Marina.
I think I've contributed to Defenders increase in profit as well, and now only use WM if I need something minor or something needs an urgent repair.
__________________

__________________
Gerrycooper56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 07:51   #18
cruiser

Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 398
West Marine Again

Defender is great if you live in the northeast. Order before 4pm and get it the next day. That's why I'm sold on defender, most stuff shows up 21 hours later . Northern vermont.
__________________
Horror Hotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 08:02   #19
Registered User
 
autumnbreeze27's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Cruising Mexico
Boat: 50' Herreshoff Ketch
Posts: 967
Re: West Marine Again

Defender must not like Californians... It seems like they usually sit
on my orders a few days before shipping... Vote with your wallet that's the only way to get through

Sent from my TegraNote-P1640 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
autumnbreeze27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 08:23   #20
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
Boat: Able 50
Posts: 3,057
Re: West Marine Again

If you have a little patience you can get some great deals on WM clothing. You have to wait until the summer demand ends and then last summer's clothes are sold off around 1/2 price. At the Newport store this happens in late September after the boat show.
__________________
savoir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 08:37   #21
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stuart Fl
Boat: Cabo Rico 38
Posts: 692
Re: West Marine Again

Quote:
Originally Posted by keepondancin View Post
I went to West Marine this afternoon, both Jensen Beach and Stuart. They are both under going some alteration. They are enlarging the clothing department to about 50% of the store. An outspoken employee was on a rant and said they are increasing the clothing because it is the highest profit department in the store. It reenforces my opinion that they are just maximizing the profit for the share holders rather than paying attention to the needs of their customer base. I receive several emails a day about sales, yet none of the merchandise is in the store. I was looking at small blocks or possibly cheek blocks for something on a kayak. They had one of each in inventory, but could order it. Just makes you want to use Amazon even more. Free shipping to your house and no sales tax. Plus, competitive prices. I need to find some privately owned chandleries nearby.
Chapman Marine off Indian st Stuart.
__________________
casual is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 09:23   #22
Writing Full-Time Since 2014
 
thinwater's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: PDQ Altair, 32/34
Posts: 4,337
Re: West Marine Again

REI was started by a group of PNW mountaineers, Jim Whitaker among them. The trade mark door handle is an ice ax. Back in the day, they used to sell mountaineering equipment, but now they sell cloths, bikes, and sport climbing toys. The catalog doesn't even carry serious mountaineering gear. Fortunately, there are on-line sources of specialties.

I had a fried that started a store that intended to specialize if real climbing an kayak gear. By and by, they now sell mostly ski parkas and exersize clothing.

That's where the money is, I guess, though all I have ever bought that might be consider clothing is gloves and deck shoes...

... Which brings me to Sperry. A year ago I was in the Sperry store and asked the clerk where the real deck shoes were . He said they all were. I said, "no, the ones for sailors." He said go on line, the mall stores only carry casual shoes.
__________________
Gear Testing--Engineering--Sailing

Writing full-time since 2014.
Bookstore:http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/20...ook-store.html
thinwater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 12:07   #23
Wayfaring Mariner
 
captain58sailin's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Homer, AK is my home port
Boat: Skookum 53'
Posts: 4,045
Images: 5
Re: West Marine Again

Someone has to keep all those Malaysian children employed.
__________________
" Wisdom; is your reward for surviving your mistakes"
captain58sailin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 13:36   #24
Registered User
 
Tx J's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Texas
Boat: Newport 28 & Robalo 20
Posts: 363
Re: West Marine Again

I've been a West Marine customer for many years, along with many other chandlers; and it seems, like others have noted, WM keeps getting more "mass-market" oriented year by year.
Earlier this year they telegraphed (not really using it, by email of course) that something big was changing.
At the end of March (I think) they completely revamped their website, I haven't been able to even find the "Clearance" section, which yielded many good buys . The overall emphasis has changed now. Good/bad, who knows?.
They recently closed the store in San Antonio (and a short-lived one in Rockport), and moved the Corpus one.
It's sad, though I'll continue to be a customer.

Thought that maybe the cause of the perceived (by us) West Marine decline was that "WMAR" had been acquired by one of those vampire venture capital/holding companies that tend to suck otherwise viable concerns dry before jettisoning them (ala Bain Cap) .
But a check on Morningstar shows that Mr. Repass still owns a 22% SO (major ownership), and is still the chairman (he sold a few thousand shares @~$12 late last year, now at ~$15).
A look at the current board of directors tells the retail tale, I think...
(that's my simple analysis, and I used to be pretty good at it)

WMAR West Marine Inc. XNAS:WMAR Stock Quote Price News
__________________
Tx J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 13:56   #25
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: St Augustine, FL
Boat: Woods Vardo 34 Cat
Posts: 2,827
Re: West Marine Again

They have an ethical market obligation to take more money from Peter the consumer to pay Paul the shareholder. Whilst stashing as much as possible offshore in the process and paying there "associates" the least possible.

I think I've been in a West Marine about 6 times in the last 3 years. My wife used to be a WM manager and I currently own 5 boats......
__________________
Check out my MoJo: Facebook.com/mojomarine1
Boatguy30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 14:11   #26
cruiser

Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 398
Re: West Marine Again

The WM website had never been easy to use like the defender site. It's seems clogged with screens after screen of not what your looking for.
__________________
Horror Hotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 14:26   #27
senior windbag
 
Cuttyhunk's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: northeast USA
Boat: EndeavourCat 36
Posts: 373
Re: West Marine Again

Quote:
Originally Posted by autumnbreeze27 View Post
Defender must not like Californians... It seems like they usually sit
on my orders a few days before shipping... Vote with your wallet that's the only way to get through

Sent from my TegraNote-P1640 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app

I used to work there, and believe me, they ship everything out ASAP. With the exception of a few days around the annual warehouse sale, if you get your order in by 4:30 pm Eastern time M-F and it's one of the 50,000 items in the warehouse, it will go out that evening. I would come in in the morning and the loading dock was always empty. They are not fancy, no marketing gurus like at West. Same goes for Jamestown. They just rearranged their store to upgrade it to be closer to what Defender has (smile). No bells and whistles. Jamestown is still doing a lot of business with actual boatbuilders. They have added more electronics and seem to be trying to do more of that recently.

Unfortunately, I live an hour from Defender in one direction, and an hour from Jamestown in another direction. Just a little too far even with discounts. There is a West store close by, but I would have a hard time working there after Defender.
__________________
Cuttyhunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 14:50   #28
Registered User
 
Sailor_Hutch's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Dreaming - through the bars to the Chesapeake... Land cabin: near Raleigh, North Carolina
Posts: 461
Re: West Marine Again

It's getting harder for brick and mortar to compete against mail order/internet. Another thing that's putting price pressure on West Marine is the expansion of Bass Pro, which is *really* catering to the sport fishing crowd.

A new Bass Pro just opened in our town, and it absolutely dwarfs our little West Marine store. About half the Bass Pro floorspace is clothing, so they're putting price pressure on the specialty, style, and traditional marine clothing areas as well.
__________________
Sailor_Hutch was born for water. His 130 pounds, well insulated, floats like a bouy. With webbed paws, he gracefully paddles - The Umbrella Man.
Sailor_Hutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 15:03   #29
Moderator Emeritus
 
David M's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay
Boat: research vessel
Posts: 10,150
Re: West Marine Again

I got frustrated this week when they only had one in stock of the items I needed. I needed three wiper blades and five life jacket strobes. They only had one of each. Who buys only one wiper blade?

They also don't stay on top of their stainless steel fastener inventory. Too often I will find an empty bin of the fastener I need. The same bin can remain empty for weeks, I have seen it over and over again.

The bean counters can only stop stocking so much before people like me stop going there and start ordering over the internet.
__________________
David

Life begins where land ends.
David M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014, 15:36   #30
cruiser

Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 398
Re: West Marine Again

You seem shocked that going to WM was a bad experience.
__________________

__________________
Horror Hotel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
marine

« Bounty | Cruising »
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
is west system and west marine running a big scam? albergsailor Monohull Sailboats 26 12-10-2013 18:39
Blackline Marine or West Bay Marine for spring haulout Jd1 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 0 08-03-2013 18:08
Feb 7 2011 - Who Is Watching Weather from West Palm to West End ? nknowland Navigation 2 07-02-2011 20:54
West Marine Sto-Away Seat? exposure General Sailing Forum 4 20-05-2004 21:07



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:19.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.