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Old 28-08-2008, 09:05   #31
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Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boat: Currently Stranded
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i'd definately consider it something you could make some kitty from.

My thought is to do as much work as you can prior to having an actual order. Either work in "standard" lengths. Or prepare one end of longer ropes made out of multipliers of certain lenghts.

Not only will you be able to fill an order quick if need be. But you'll have something to do while the autopilot is taking care of the rest. Having half or all the work done in advance means you have no deadline pressing quality either. So you'll not only have a strong splice, but a pretty product that will help you get the sale.

Keep an eye out for people who need new rope. I can't begin to tell you how often i see boats at the local dock who would be better served by a couple turns of dental floss than the half rotted worn out mooring lines they are using.

If you have the storage means, buy cheap and sell at a reasonable profit.

Three things i'd do.

Get "business cards" with your Handle or other contact information, sticking one of those on a boat you walk by can get you a lot of sales.

Package - Consider getting net bags or something to "deliver" the lines in. They are cheap and if you can show a customer work that looks "complete" and professional which packing has a tendency to do, you'll get the sale quicker.

Have a little in "stock", if a storm is blowing in, having ready stock to deliver to boaters in need will be a great kitty booster.

my 2 c - And my best wishes with your endeavor.
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