LED lighting, Lewmar hatches and your favorite? a little rant…

Yesterday we relaxed on the boat, got the portable bilge pump set up, did some bad soldering of alligator clip on 10 gauge cable for easier electrical diagnostic. It was also a day of dock visits, so enjoyed the visit of few friends who just acquired a catamaran as well, in the evening we joined our friends *M*&*M* to a relaxing “Bon voyage” drink as they are cutting the lines very soon. We wish them good luck, plenty of fun and yes we want to see photos from around the world of that cumbersome bucket LOL.

Project abound on a new sailboat, we keep plugging along and as we see a lot of our friends leaving it only re-enforces the feeling that we don’t want to wait until the last minute. Projects take time and when we are rushed it only cost you hair, money and lucidity on departure day. In other words keep your list at a healthy one page: As for one project is completed, magically another one re-appears! A never ending stimulation and learning curve, and we are pleased to say that we have figured out the foot pump setup so now we just need to get the parts. For this we have tried to open a wholesale account with our local dealer via our business. Let see if it flies- a long shot but why not- nothing ventured, nothing gained!- In the end it could save us money and enable us access to a lot more products than the local chandlery.

This week is dedicated to find the right LED light for the boat and do some research on the Lewmar screen for your hatches. Finding model reference and proper parts number are never easy, this is why we keep a detailed page to make it easier to people like you.  A simple gaz solenoid has puzzled me, it has been now three days and even the manufacturer is not able to help, if they can’t tell us who can? I wonder…     Rather than having a list of nomenclature of all parts, or even if they would engrave model number on everything. They feel the need to keep everything secret for a better margin!! (now that’s cheating!) In my opinion this is an old school mentality, in the past it was fine though nowadays internet is the direct competitor!! We can now find all data and eventually even someone smart enough who will provide with the replacement at a reasonable cost! mmm…. I sense another rant coming!

Business model relying on high margin and select distribution is story of the past, wake up VP of Marketing. We can find a way to do without your overpriced brand. Somebody smart enough will come along and apply a new business model and your business will die. As for our network of dealer, get them to get their head out of the sand. They are not the only game in town. We can reach anybody on the globe with a simple e-mail get a quote, pay online and receive delivery in less than a week. Company have specialized in discount or one product, they know their stuff and play on volume, and you can’t stop them, they are the reality. We are not asking for a free ride but a fair one, don’t abuse or you will lose in the long term. Add value to your product and hiding the part number is not, research and development of good quality is. Have a network of well stocked and reasonable price dealer is key. The world is our village, we are vagabond, we are not afraid to find a way.

Here is one example who brings a sarcastic smile on my face : The local sail maker who purchase from a Far East loft. They sew their logo and two chaffing points and dare charging you 200% mark up. You don’t even come and measure, you don’t even have a local loft. And of course these merchants are the first ones to warn us of the peril to buying offshore! This kind of business will eventually in my eyes disappear as they don’t really add any value like the true very few left who are so busy due to high quality products. Reminder :We don’t mind paying but you need to do all the right things for your customer.

And another favourite of mine, the local chandlery “no we don’t have it in stock, but we can order it” when I am thinking : “Well… me too!” If I come to you and don’t mind paying the price it’s because you stock it for me. If not I just go to my favourite discount distributer and wait a week for it to come via UPS ground. No more middle man, it is now direct, do we call this shooting yourself on the foot?…

And today, during one of my many research I called an LED supplier and explained him my dilemma about color and type. His answer was :” no worry I’ll  send you some samples, just send them back if you are not happy no charge.” That is service, that is business thank you for being so refreshing Tim. I know who just outfitted for 1/3 of my local price my boat in LED.

Let’s run to an island before I get stress and need another week on the boat to relax. 83rd will be Bermuda. 22 degree all year long, now you have to be able to wear those short.

Bermuda officially, the Bermudas or Somers Islands is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres (640 mi) to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres (853 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton.

Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish navigator Juan de Bermúdez, after whom the islands are named, who claimed it for the Spanish Empire. Unoccupied, the island was settled by England in 1609, making it the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory. Its first capital, St George’s, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas.

Bermuda has an affluent economy, with finance as its largest sector followed by tourism, giving it the world’s highest GDP per capita in 2005. It has a subtropical
climate.

And did you know On 11 June 2009, four Uyghurs who had been held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantánamo Bay detention camp, in Cuba were deported to Bermuda.[23][24][25][26] The four men were among 22 Uyghurs who claimed to be refugees, who were captured in 2001 in Pakistan after fleeing the American aerial bombardment of Afghanistan. They were suspected of training to assist Taliban’s military. They were cleared as safe for release from Guantánamo in 2005 or 2006. But U.S. domestic law prohibited deporting them back to China, their country of citizenship, because the U.S. government determined that China was likely to abuse their human rights.

In September 2008 the men were cleared of all suspicion, and Judge Ricardo Urbina in Washington ordered their release. However domestic opposition to their admittance to the United States was very strong,[citation needed] and, until Bermuda and Palau agreed to accept them in June 2009, the U.S. had failed to find a home for them.

The secret bilateral discussions that led to prisoner transfers between the U.S. and the devolved Bermuda government sparked diplomatic ire from the United Kingdom, which was not consulted on the move despite Bermuda being a British territory. The British Foreign Office issued the following statement: “We’ve underlined to the Bermuda Government that they should have consulted with the United Kingdom as to whether this falls within their competence or is a security issue, for which the Bermuda Government do not have delegated responsibility. We have made clear to the Bermuda Government the need for a security assessment, which we are now helping them to carry out, and we will decide on further steps as appropriate.”