Marine Sources and Links
- General Marine Stores
- Winch Parts
- Engine Parts
- Non Marine Specific Stores
- Surplus Stores
- Lumber and Plywood
- Bronze Stuff
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.
- Marine.com 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.
- Defender.com 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 was in Bellingham until LFS bought them. See LFS above.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Grainger 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.
- Minney's 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,.email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
I do not sell or share any user data or anything else for that matter. The only personal information I save is in the site log which has a line for each page view which includes the IP address your browser sends in the header as well as which page you requested. I use this to block hackers and other bad actors. I do not use this raw data to create profiles on users. I periodically delete the log files. Google supplies the ads on this site. Because I do not track who you are, I cannot customize how these ads are served. They may be personalized to improve the ad experience. If you do not want personalized ads, please adjust the settings on the Google site HERE. NOTE: The best I can determine, this site is not subject to CCPA but I am doing my best to comply anyway.
The information on this web site has not been checked for accuracy. It is for entertainment purposes only and should be independently verified before using for any other reason. There are five sources. 1) Documents and manuals from a variety of sources. These have not been checked for accuracy and in many cases have not even been read by anyone associated with L-36.com. I have no idea of they are useful or accurate, I leave that to the reader. 2) Articles others have written and submitted. If you have questions on these, please contact the author. 3) Articles that represent my personal opinions. These are intended to promote thought and for entertainment. These are not intended to be fact, they are my opinions. 4) Small programs that generate result presented on a web page. Like any computer program, these may and in some cases do have errors. Almost all of these also make simplifying assumptions so they are not totally accurate even if there are no errors. Please verify all results. 5) Weather information is from numerous of sources and is presented automatically. It is not checked for accuracy either by anyone at L-36.com or by the source which is typically the US Government. See the NOAA web site for their disclaimer. Finally, tide and current data on this site is from 2007 and 2008 data bases, which may contain even older data. Changes in harbors due to building or dredging change tides and currents and for that reason many of the locations presented are no longer supported by newer data bases. For example, there is very little tidal current data in newer data bases so current data is likely wrong to some extent. This data is NOT FOR NAVIGATION. See the XTide disclaimer for details. In addition, tide and current are influenced by storms, river flow, and other factors beyond the ability of any predictive program.