Originally Posted by joelhemington
Check out NTE. It's a French company that makes high end electronics
and they have a complete cruising package that includes the NK2 trunk for about 7 grand. Not cheap
I know but they're expected to be the next B&G in the boating
industry in terms of quality and at least you'd know that everything was compatible. B&G was recently bought out and there's some concern that the new owners might ride the name and reduce the quality in pursuit of higher profits. We probably won't know for sure until a couple of years have passed but it is a concern.
That's NKE... and be sitting when you get the quote on equipment
from them. Awesome stuff, but very pricey.
B&G's parent, Navico
, has been around for more than a decade and the fund that owned them was bought out by Goldman Sachs in 2016. What you see know is what you'll be getting with them in the future.
Regarding discounts on supplies- I don't know where you are based, but in the US you can easily get a business license that will help to encourage discounts from suppliers and stores. We looked into this when building out our boat
, but at the time I could find lower prices if I shopped around online and dug through the discount bin, than I could from the companies directly. But, that takes a lot of time and effort....we were time rich and cash poor so it was worth it. If you are short on either of those, being able to get a "good" price from one store without having to shop around may be a better solution.
A few US websites I purchased a lot from beside ebay and Amazon:
fisheriessupply.com/ (Good general prices if you get an account)
boatstoreusa.com/ (discount online retailer with no inventory)
discountmarinesupplies.com/ (shield and trident hoses)
waytekwire.com/ (electrical supplies)
go2Marine.com/ (radom good deals)
defender.com (especially good spring sale
prices and doorbusters)
Warning- These were all used in 2015-2016, so I don't know how they have been lately.