A group of my friends were sitting around the lunch counter talking about the high costs, in general, of marine
basic materials, relative to the general price
rises of fuel
, etc. An interesting observation resulted.
Given, that everything is rising in cost because of the basic ingredients rising in cost, one who chooses to remain in boating
might consider active purchasing
for their own needs. Specifically, we all need batteries. No matter what flavor you wish, whether lead-based or more exotic, the metals are skyrocketing. Perhaps now might be a good time to buy a replacement set, rather than waiting another year or so.
, heavy gauge electrical
cable, and similar high-copper products are similarly going up in price
almost daily. Purchase
these products now (maybe with the $300-600 Uncle sent you) and tuck them away somewhere secure until you actually can do that bottomjob or rewire.
is rising, but LPU paint
resin haven't quite caught up - yet. Take it from one who built a WEST System boat in the 70's oil
is made from petrochemicals, as is Sterling, Awlgrip, etc. Buy now and tuck them away. You will be very glad.
Zinc is a fairly mundane and common metal we all use as galvinizing for our chains, sacrificial zincs, etc. Again, consider having your chain regalvinized this year rather than later. And fill the bilge
with a case of spare zincs while the price is lower.
I won't even go into the future cost of dacron and other petrochemical synthetics. I just have a very good hunch that these are going to be direct savings for me over the coming decade, at least the life of most of these products.