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Old 24-02-2012, 13:51   #16
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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

Also:

- run an ssb / vhf net
- hoseclamps
- sand paper
- lightbulbs
- disposable gloves (by the box)
- 3m mask organic filter elements (not essential, but you'll sell them)
- popsicle sticks
- stainless steel tubing / teak / pine. not large quantities, but enough for people to fashion new spreaders, replace banged up rails, etc.

Just be really accessible. Let people know that they you can take orders via email with a credit card number before someone even arrives and cut down on the shipping time. I had a friend who was halfway across the Pacific and already had broken a dozen things and knew exactly what he wanted. If there was a way that he or I via ssb or email could have ordered the parts we would have in a jiffy. Sort of fits in with the ssb net.
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Old 24-02-2012, 14:03   #17
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Just curious where?

Between Budget Marine and Island Water World I can find anything that I need in St Martin. Le Ship in St Barts might be a good place for you to visit. It is a good small chandlery but there are always a lot of things I need that they do not carry. One big problem in the Caribbean is that you will need to cater to two markets, American products and stuff in inches and European products and stuff that is metric.
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Old 24-02-2012, 14:30   #18
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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

Where you set up is a valid question.

I like the idea of being an expiditer. Develop relationships with the airlines that service you location and the local customs. As you bring things in you will get a good feel for what you need on the shelf. Most cruisers are not looking to do large projects but a lot need replacement parts as mentioned earlier.

If you are on the same island as a Budget or Island Water World, Don't unpack your tent.

Wm. den Ouden started a small company servicing the builders and yards in Holland from the back of his car. Vetus is now a large world wide company. The west Marine saga is also similar.
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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

stock what is not obtainable elsewhere-- pressure line hoses for fuel, water, oil, filters in more sizes than most chandleries, those oil absorbing boat diapers and lots of oil......anticipate perkins..
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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

1.Fresh water pumps
2. Macerators
3. Fuel Filters
4. Oil
5. Bottom Paint
6. Line
7. Anchors
8. Chain
9. A/C's
10. Reefers
11. zincs
12. props
13. fenders
14. Life Rafts
15. Tenders
16. Outboards
17. Fuel additives
18. Foulies
19. nuts and bolts
20. Rigging supplies
21. Wax, soap etc
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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

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And DOWNLOAD every Shop/Maintenance/Parts manual you can find.
Don't just save links (which often go dead). You will find 100's of links to manuals here on the CF.
Some (there's many more) are here ➥ Online SHOP MANUALS
That's a great idea! Although many people will be online (or could be), not so many would have a printer onboard - and with some things paper still works better . Also gives you a foot in the door to sell some solutions - whether parts or personnel.

I would also get into the s/h market, not take every bit of rubbish but for those needing to do a deal could well be an opportunity to do a steal . Plus if folks are simply upgrading (esp. electronics) and e-bay etc out of reach or simply too much of a PITA - could also be part of deal wrapped in with you supplying the new gear (and make money from both ends ). You sell from the shop and on E-bay etc.

Personally I would also look into the providing "home comforts" to both singlehanders and those looking to go "off piste" whilst on holiday on a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas basis (and away from others onboard )....not hands on by yourself (well, not unless.......) but using local personnel, whether onboard or onshore. Obviously being "foreign" means that folks are likely looking for a bargain - but fundamentally folks still thinking in "real" money, so plenty of scope to price up for benefit of both the personnel and yourself. Small scale means dealing with the self-employed (rather than those with "managers"), too big can be a bit like herding cats - and also want to avoid treading on anyone's toes. Anyway, just an idea .....probably would be useful to have some knowledge of how the game works, including in your locale - not neccesarily "hands on", but plusses and minuses to that approach .
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Re: New Chandlery - What Would You Buy ?

- quality aftermarket fuel, oil filters,
- engine oil, transmission oil,
- assorted sikaflex/3M,
- epoxy and glass,
- sheets of plywood, alloy sheets,
- bolts, nuts, washers,
- grease,
- wires, fuses, crimpers, battery terminals,
- rubber dinghy repair kits,
- dielectric compounds,
- tools (wrenches, screw-drivers etc.),
- cordage,
- charts, polarized shades, 60+ UV block,
- hats, crocks,

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Re: new chandlery- what would you buy?

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Also:

- run an ssb / vhf net
- hoseclamps
- sand paper
- lightbulbs
- disposable gloves (by the box)
- 3m mask organic filter elements (not essential, but you'll sell them)
- popsicle sticks
- stainless steel tubing / teak / pine. not large quantities, but enough for people to fashion new spreaders, replace banged up rails, etc.

Just be really accessible. Let people know that they you can take orders via email with a credit card number before someone even arrives and cut down on the shipping time. I had a friend who was halfway across the Pacific and already had broken a dozen things and knew exactly what he wanted. If there was a way that he or I via ssb or email could have ordered the parts we would have in a jiffy. Sort of fits in with the ssb net.
great idea, thanks a lot. would be great to order in advance and just come and pick parts up, been there myself and waiting for parts to arrive can be a pain in the butt someplaces.will look into that. thanks to all for the input, you see we just starting getting contacts with some suppliers and i just want to keep the basics in stock as it all costs a fortune. the basic supplies are easy to stock,oil,filters etc, looking into a bit of food and cold beers as well to cover that side. not easy to get a permit though for that, as marine parts - definition - not includes cold beers and pretty girls, but sure we can get that sorted.....
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That's a great idea! Although many people will be online (or could be), not so many would have a printer onboard - and with some things paper still works better . Also gives you a foot in the door to sell some solutions - whether parts or personnel.

I would also get into the s/h market, not take every bit of rubbish but for those needing to do a deal could well be an opportunity to do a steal . Plus if folks are simply upgrading (esp. electronics) and e-bay etc out of reach or simply too much of a PITA - could also be part of deal wrapped in with you supplying the new gear (and make money from both ends ). You sell from the shop and on E-bay etc.

Personally I would also look into the providing "home comforts" to both singlehanders and those looking to go "off piste" whilst on holiday on a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas basis (and away from others onboard )....not hands on by yourself (well, not unless.......) but using local personnel, whether onboard or onshore. Obviously being "foreign" means that folks are likely looking for a bargain - but fundamentally folks still thinking in "real" money, so plenty of scope to price up for benefit of both the personnel and yourself. Small scale means dealing with the self-employed (rather than those with "managers"), too big can be a bit like herding cats - and also want to avoid treading on anyone's toes. Anyway, just an idea .....probably would be useful to have some knowledge of how the game works, including in your locale - not neccesarily "hands on", but plusses and minuses to that approach .
lol, not sure about the definition of home comforts....
but i got your point.....thanks for the idea....mmmhhhmmmm
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Re: New Chandlery - What Would You Buy ?

there is a place named casa maru here in la cruz de huanacaxtle for cruisers'comforts--is a good refuge for us...but isnt a chandlery.
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Re: New Chandlery - What Would You Buy ?

how about scuba services? like hull cleaning,new zinc,inspection.... i guess not every boater likes underwaterwork or scrubbing hulls?
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Re: New Chandlery - What Would You Buy ?

Reality is the best is probably DIY & maintenance stuff and not so much finished articles.

On the glass & epoxy side, I have done a lot of epoxy build & repair. At this point, I much prefer the mterials from US Composites Fiberglass , Epoxy , Composites, Carbon Fiber - U.S. Composites, Inc. 635 slow epoxy, glass, fillers, graphite. The price is about 1/3 of West and my results are great.

Racor filters
Gerry cans
screws & other fasteners
Bilge pumps
sail repair materials
Line
Anchor Chain Swivels shackles. Chain is difficult because of the varieties.
Misc Bimini hardware; SS tubing in various sizes.
Marine grade wire
fuel hose; water hose, exhaust hose
hose clamps
flairs & other safety expendables.
material sheets: ply, plastic, SS, Bronze
paint: brushes, solvent, sandpaper, gloves,
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Re: New Chandlery - What Would You Buy ?

I found that even routine Yanmar parts werent always easy to find. While you might not want to stock more than routine stuff like filters, etc., having a quick way to import Yanmar parts would be a great service to the majority of sailors who have Yanmar engines.
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