I'm hopping mad about this - to think, Rockna's new owners debased an excellent design to make a few $$$$ more, thereby risking my life, my ship, my dreams, and my HOME, along with thousands of others - all for greed.
This is exactly why I retired from the Architecture profession, (and teaching Architecture) - GREED.
It's why I moved onto a 20 foot boat
, went off grid, and became as self sufficient as possible - to protest this exact sort of thing - I saw it repeatedly as an Architect, so I quit, and started teaching - Then I saw it had invaded the colleges I taught at, so I quit those jobs too. I've sold
or donated everything I own, burned the rest, and retired from wage slavery on less than $500 per month, and will start voyaging the world - IN PROTEST - and hopefully as an example to the next generation - and my former students.
AND now GREED is trying to creep onto my beautiful ship and destroy it like a filthy, diseased wharf rat!
Well, I'll not tolerate it!
Not on MY watch!
Hold onto your hats now....
Detail of Chinese shaft to fluke weld:
Detail of Canada
shaft to fluke weld:
Outside detail of Canada roll bar weld:
Inside detail of Canada roll bar weld:
Outside detail of China roll bar weld:
Inside detail of China roll bar weld:
Made in Canada UPC:
My replacement (of Canadian providence) anchor at rest on Nomad's bowsprit
after a no hassle exchange at West Marine:
Now, I'd like to make a few comments:
Regarding West Marine:
I can't tell you how many people have called me a fool - and worse! for spending my meager, carefully husbanded savings there.
"What a waste of money! XYZ online has that Spar Perfect Varnish
for 2/3rds, free shipping
and no tax!"
etc, etc, etc, etc....
Yet the Marina Del Rey West Marine has NEVER given me ANY hassle when I've returned something
It's rare to have to bring something back, though inevitable over the two years I've been preparing my ship for cruising.
They accepted a 12 month old battery
I killed, no questions asked, giving me store credit.
They recently took back TWO handheld depth
finders without question and without a receipt - they just looked up the transactions, and offered me a refund or store credit.
A month ago I purchased an expensive pair of Ray-Ban's to replace a set I'd purchased from them - and lost
- for a 10 day trip to Catalina
I found the lost
pair when I came back, and they TOOK BACK THE PAIR I'D USED FOR TWO WEEKS OF CRUISING!
And today, they let me photograph the POS China Anchor and the Quality Canada anchor on the floor,
before APOLOGIZING about the China anchor being mistakenly put on sale
, and then removing it from inventory!
Their employees are always helpful and friendly, most know me by name, and that's why I keep shopping
there - well, that and I can walk there from my slip...
I've spent around $20k there prepping Nomad as a result of such outstanding customer service
- and turned my back on a venerable local chandlery
- after they hassled me over the return of a Lifeline AGM battery
that refused to hold a charge of 12 volts! - right off the shelf! THE NEXT DAY!
It took me a month to get another SUBSTANDARD battery from that outfit - and now I've got to replace it also (In the interim I've learned much about the voodoo surrounding marine electronics
, and will be acquiring an ABYC certification
in it before setting off)
What are Rockna's current
Haven't they heard of the internet
People like me will not tolerate lies, corruption, and greed any longer - we all have printing presses now, and truth will always emerge from lies.
We will expose them, and those who try to profit from them. The bad guys are going to have to find a different way to satisfy their greed than at the expense of honest people.
Its a new world Warf Rats:
Secrecy, lies, and deception are part of the old one.
like this restore my faith in humanity.
I'd suggest shorting Rockna Stock - unless they own up to this and make amends, their ship is lost -
It's already aground and foundering - and they are trying to kedge off with a defective anchor.
Serves them right.