This page contains links of stores and vendors that have been successfully used by either myself or represent personal recomendations from others. This is not a list of random links as you might find on some sites. Also, while there is advertising on this site, the links below are not paid listings.
General Marine Stores
- Citimarine Store
This guy sent me an email desctibing his store. Looks just like what he said: "While we sell smaller items like electronics & accessories, like West Marine or Defender, we also sell also sell larger equipment that is harder to find, such as A/C systems, generators, and commercial battery chargers. Due to our great relationships with top manufacturers in these areas, we are able to offer them at lower prices than most other places." Let me know what you think.
I bought my Andersen winches form Marine.com . The price was right. They drop ship from the manufacturer, who didn't have them in stock. It took just shy of 4 weeks to get them, but got are here and look great. This was several years ago now. Andersen has been bought by Ronstan so things are probably different now although it is the same great winch.
- Sailnet has the same retail outlet as Marine.com but in addition has a great forum for discussion of lots of topics.
Online marine store, cheaper than West Marine, and good selection and service. (example: 1/2 in. Yacht Braid is .76 vs. 1.17)
- Jamestown Distributors:
Marine Supplies, especially wooden boat stuff. This is where I get my bronze fasteners.
- Hamilton Marine
Maine's Discount Marine Store. Highly recommended by Chairman Bob. Has a great selection of stuff hard to find other places. Web interface a little difficult. Typical Chandlery type operation plus a lot of things used in that part of the country, Lobster, layup, cold etc. Very good prices on Epifanes Products, Wood Finish Gloss, Varnish, thinner, and believe it! stocking Epifanes topside Monourathane in ALL colors. Good Pricing, Reasonable shipping, one gallon total for Hasmat reasons, per box. No sales tax and very knowledgeable staff. Plan ahead.800 639 2715, Ask for Pat. Check website for EMail
- LFS Marine:
Marine store in Bellingham WA. I think the expression is that you would kill for a store like this locally. This store does a huge amount of business in Samson line and has very good pricing. Aparently, the Alaskan fishermen come down to buy their equipment here. I just ordered some Sikaflex from them for $7.25 that is $20.99 at West Marine. It came quickly and the 7 pound shipment was $14 in shipping.
- West Marine
is handy and local. There prices range from OK to 50% higher than some of the above stores. They will price match if you show them a printout from another store.
- Redden Marine also in Bellingham not far from LFS Marine. You might wonder why a small city like Bellingham would have a couple of the best marine stores on the west coast. I believe the reason is tha they serve the US fishing fleet from there to Alaska. In any event, I have been to this store and they are a fine outfit.
- Barient Winch Parts
Barient and Barlow Winch Parts. Send an email then follow up with a phone call to Bruno at 011 +61 2 9623 2448.
- Winch grease
Used by Andersen Winches. A great grease for marine use.
- Rigging Only (new site)
I just bought my new lifelines from here. Great service. Here is what they say aobut themselves: Rigging Only is dedicated to providing quality sailboat hardware and sailboat rigging at affordable prices to sailors through out the world. Providing technical expertise on selection and installation as well as the best prices from all major hardware manufactures is our goal.
- Jack Scullion Rigging.
Local Rigger that I was very happy with. Jack D. Scullion (510) 919-0001 E-Mail: email@example.com
- Seal's Spars and Rigging Seal's Spars & Rigging specializes in OEM and specialty parts and spars for 20' to 30' "Plastic Classics".
- Van Ness Engineering
Specializes in vintage engines to go with our vintage boats. Gray Marine and Atomic 4. Complete engines, short blocks, parts, water pump, carburetor, rebuilt engines. I have found Dave Van Ness a great source of advice and parts. He saved me big time on more than one occasion. 1-201-445-8685
- Depco Pump
Rebuilt water pumps. They do a good job and stand behind their work.
- Garhauer Marine
Sailboat hardware much cheaper than Harken. Really good stuff. OEM for Catalina boats.
- Marine Wire and Terminals Very high qualiyt, low prices, and free shipping. What is not to like? Plus, they will build up custom battery cables for $2 labor ($1 per end).
Non Marine Specific Stores
has stores all all over and a mail order web site. I found what I was looking for here (5/16 bolt 8 inches long in ss) with the help of the after hours phone representative. She was very helpful. They shipped the parts to my door for less that what the gas to go the few miles to the closest store would have cost me.
- McMaster Parts
My daughter (the engineer) swears by this place for stainless fasteners, and lots of other general hardware. Not specifically marine
- Olander Company
Located in Sunnyvale, The Olander Company Inc. is a full line distributor of Standard and Metric Fasteners and Electromechanical Components (such as screws, pins, inserts and rivets) Good for hard to find stainless steel fasteners.
- Bolt Depot
Good selection at reasonable prices and no minimums. Great service. Highly recommended.
- Sailrite is where I bought the thread that really works on Sumbrella in a home sewing machine. V-69 thread and #18 needles.
- Rochford Supply Company
Coast Guard cover material, off the same loom as Sunbrella but not priced to pay for Sunbrella hype. Fast and reasonable. I personally have not used these folks but rather it was recommended by someone who has.
- Blue Pelican Marine Nautical Consignments
510-769-4858, 2021 Alaska Packer Park Pl #6, Grand Marina, Alameda, CA 94501. Jerry and I went there looking for some blocks for Mystic Puffin and found many wonderful things at extremely reasonable prices, and they threw in two sail bags for free. The place is small, but if you don't see it, ask- they have a huge attic full of stuff.
Newport Beach, Yacht Surplus. Everything good and old, Props, anchors, sails, winches, leftovers from local yards overstock or defunct, BIG place, not consignment. To visit is an experience not to be missed. Priced right and negotiable, very helpful 1 949 548 4192 Ernie Money, semi old time wood schooner sailor and owner, SAMARANG, sailor.and CMA Deckape Grad,.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kelly Marine
22nd and Mesa Streets, San Pedro, similar to Minneys, but on a smaller scale, consignment basis, Jib Kelly and some others, also do general boat rigging and refurbish sweet Cal 20s for a new local racing class, on premises. 310 548 5348 email@example.com
- Pacific Marine
Consignment store in Bellingham, WA. I got some SS sail track there. Great store, terrible web site.
Lumber and Plywood
- Public Lumber
Where I bought my teak and holly plywood. (site has problems with Firefox)
- Mac Beath Hardwoos
6 locations with a great selection and pricing. All hardwood and exotics. Mahogany and Teak shorts (4-6 ft) are a good deal. You basically need to buy the entire board as they double the price for cutting so be prepared to get 12 feet if one of the shorts won't do.
- Van Arsdale-Harris Lumber
This is where the boat builders from all over the bay area go for softwoods. I got the spruce to repair my boom here. It was a beautiful piece with very straight grain. They have fir, mahognay, spruce, and other quality woods. They do not charge for cutting to the length you want.
- Minton's Lumber
In Mountain View has some teak in stock and will cut it to size. 455 W. Evelyn Ave. Mt. View, CA 94041
- Exotic Lumber
Annapolis, Maryland. From Charlie: "They are my go-to place for various special wood pieces. Marine ply, Okumi ply, various teak pieces. I highly recommend them. It is cool to walk around their back room to see the things they have. Good folks."
- Buck Woodcraft
Also from Charlie: "Buck Woodcraft in Fla. They have a lot of moldings rails, and other finished teak products. Have not yet installed what I bought, but it looks like OK stuff sitting in my living room. Some of the molding items are AFI from Marinco."
- Buck AlgonquinRecommended by the Wooden Boat Forum. Perhaps available through Hamilton Marine.
- Port Townsend Foundry
This place has some marine bronze castings and looks to be able to do custom stuff. I got the link from Chairman Bob, but have not used them myself.
- Spartan Marine
Site says they offer Quality Bronze Marine Hardware. Nice catalog and lots of stuff.
- Bronze Rod Atlas Metal
12 feet 1/2inch Silicon Bronze $94
- R. J. Leahey Company
1/2 inch Silicon Bronze $16.90/# or ~$6/ft. Quoted 7 feet at $84. In San Francisco. Also carries screws and other fasteners.
- Sequoia Brass and Copper
in Hayward. Quoted 7 feet 1/2 inch Si Bronze at $88. Would cut to lenght as long as lenght not too close to 12 feet so they would end up with a short piece.
- Hutchinson Marine Services
Steve did an excellent job on Papoose. He is the only one who identified the root cause of what led to many people working on the boat over the years. I recommend him highly. Contact him by emil at "hms008 (at) earthlink (dot) net" His rates are more than reasonable and his workmanship it of the highest quality I have personally seen.