Originally Posted by rebel heart
- the ability to get orders in really quickly since your inventory will be really reduced
I would partner up with someone like West Marine, whether officially or unofficially (catalogue plus 10%, or whatever). and also be a secure delivery
address for items ordered direct - for a fee of course
. Give folks the usual delivery
times (and any customs
clearance info / charges that is needed) and any faster options.
Apart from that, it's how long is a piece of string
. I would favour consumables rather than items that are enhancements / one off purchases. IMO also depends on the mix of the Marina's usual clientle - cruisers (passing through), charterers (10 days in the sun), liveaboards or absentee owners (apart from a few weeks a year).....all of these have differing needs and budgets (albeit of course a lot in common).
- typical stainless hardware (nuts/bolts/washers/wood screws) - bought in bulk and sold loose or in own packets?
- sealant (boat life caulk, other polysulfides)
- west systems epoxy with fillers (or decant from own drum?)
- jerry cans- racor 500 filter elements
- delo oil
- spray bottles
- wet wipes
- paper towels
- laundry machines, or knowledge of where one is close by (or arrange service washes, including ironing!)
- wifi (for sure and maybe some kit to go with that / enhance)
bilge pumps. small electrical ones
- local charts / cruising guides / guide books
- do a lunch bbq thing once a week on friday afternoons. have everyone chip in a couple of bucks.
- aa / aaa batteries
- acetone / mineral spirits
- interlux brightsides
- typical hoses (fuel, discharge, etc)
Plus anything else people ask for consistently
Apart from that, sell.........conveniance.
Work up some deals with local suppliers / tradesmen - so you are the easy / first point of call. How you monetise that can vary and depends on what else is in easy reach.
Transport ashore - whatever works locally, bikes, motorcycles or cars. Or if the local shops are not in easy reach, organise a weekly(?) shopping
run - don't have to drive yourself.
- if no supermarket in easy reach, then some of the basics milk / bread etc, plus icecream, ice - soft drinks and cool beer
. Could even rent out Freezer
. or deliver to the boat (bought in from elsewhere as and when needed).
If you are open (and staffed) might as well try and flog everyone who walks in the door something
- IMO doesn't have to be restricted to the traditional chandlery
items of sailing only bits and bobs. Your targets are punters who have boats - but they also have non-boat related needs / wants....so the trick is to talk to folks (not just your customers) to find out what they want (and not just from a Chandlers), and snaffle what you can make money
from - ideally from some other bugger doing the work
. The answers will depend on locale, what other competition is nearby and the profile of the customers / boats.