Some people shouldn't be allowed in a chandlery....

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Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Me, for instance. I only went into Burnham marina swindlery for a couple of VHF plugs and came out having spent a nearly hundred pounds that I certainly haven't got, on gear that I don't desperatly need.

But the new lifebouy does look smart. And it's nice to replace all the scabby bits of string with nice new webbing. And it is handy to have a working vhf for a change. And now I've made up new reefing spectacles reefing will be much easier.

But I still feel guilty.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Its funny my car develops a pull to the left as I drive past Gillingham Marina Chandlery. Difficult to resist sometimes. Even when I don't need anything. It the equivalent of atoy shop isn't it. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Imagine what it,s like working in one for the winter! Thank God this is my last week, off South again soon, with a lot of new gear, (at trade), that,s accounted for any income.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

do understand the temptation - popped into alladins near chichester today to get replacement joker valve for wc (previous post refers - hope this solves it ) and inevitably came out with other bits too - was terribly tempted by new longer winch handle with double handle top but decided in the end £50 too much - though is still there though !
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

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And it is handy to have a working vhf for a change

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Let us know when you will do your 'radio check' so those close can have a listen. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Indeed - just back from the chandlers. Went in for a switch panel to replace a not very well installed 3 switch unit near the battery bank for a 6 switch unit (hoping to remove some of the wires which go straight to the battery!) - picked up a £30 XM unit - 'Oh no', says my friendly chandler 'for what your using your boat for (I do know him BTW) you need a Blue Sea switch panel - waterproof aswell which is what you need by the companion way steps' - suitably convinced having inspected the difference in quality of the unit I went to the counter ... £110!

Well - certaintly didn't expect to spend that on the way home tonight ... still, if a jobs worth doing ....


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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

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And it is handy to have a working vhf for a change

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Let us know when you will do your 'radio check' so those close can have a listen. /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

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To late. I raised Thames coastguard from Burnham no problem. I'm quite proud that I did some electrickery-type-stuff right first time!

Or right at all, come to that.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

And to think i used to do shoe shops! Now, not only can I not pass a chandlery w'out "just popping in for a look", I also walk round marinas nose to the ground, pocketing stray screws, bits of string... And also looking into skips - recently found the perfect broom handle to replace the one we just broke.Sad or what? But need pontoon frugality to finance the swindlery habit.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

I do exactly the same ... unfortunately the prizes of the skips aren't the same in Fleetwood as they were in the Hamble. Prizes one weekend in Hamble included; 60ft of 15mm Halyard, 2 Huge Fenders, Brand New (Still in wrapper) Horseshoe life bouy, and the tail end of a coil of new rope which was enough to replace my running backstays.

In Fleetwood we get used oil filters, and general household rubbish only I'm afraid - not much to scavange!

Jonny
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

But 15mm is too thick for a halyard of only 60ft long. A 60ft halyard implies a boat smaller than mine, where 10 or 12mm is ideal.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Sorry - could have been a mainsheet off a larger yacht (also could be longer than 60ft) ... anyway - point is; skip scavanging is great in the marinas who host lots of big yachts and racing boats!
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Ahhh - SKIPS!. The best free chandlers anywhere. The posher the marina, the better the chuckaways. Oh how I miss CYH!.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

Ohh Yessss skip hunting, liveaboard turns one into a skip hunter par excellence. The best bit though, in foreign ports are the 'red cross' parcels from, mainly, American boats, off home for the winter & don't want to leave any food or bits behind. It's great!!! We haven't had the luck of some ie; brand new bread maker, in box (from skip). There is still time. New dog bed, much appreciated by zigmundo, was made from material from skip, a 'new' pressure cooker, tool box with slightly rusty tools, easily bought back to life - disposable society - reusable, for sure!!! Happy hunting.
 

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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

The Preston marina swindlery must think that there`s more profit in clothing ! the hardware side has been cut right back and all crammed into a little corner
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Re: Some people shouldn\'t be allowed in a chandlery....

it is a marina after all, ideal for those large yachts which are used as floating caravans, so why do they need any of those chandlery items for, just buy the clothing to make it look as if your going on an ocean voyage around the world..
and its more profitable for the chandlery..
But if your a real sailor, when was the last time you could afford a decent new set of oilies....

Still saving up for them, like me , i'd expect, cause the demand on the boaty items are more demanding then the nice new oilies..
 
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