I’ve been doing a lot of buying and selling lately. I am selling stuff on eBay that has some value but we do not want to put in storage for the time we are cruising. It is amazing how much stuff I have listed. And, on the flip side, I’m buying stuff for Cream Puff as we continue to update some of the onboard systems.
I am elated when I receive a note from a buyer who was so pleased with their purchase they took time to write and say, thank you. I try to be very honest with my descriptions. And, over the years I have taken good care of my stuff. Good karma has a way of paying back. I recently purchased a snap shackle. These snap shackles sell at West Marine (an obnoxiously high priced marine retail outlet) for about $120. Even at other online retailers, it was hard to find the model I wanted for less than $100 (but, as usual, all other retailers were lower than West Marine). However, I have time on my hands. I’m retired. I have time to shop around! For those who know me well, they know I’m a tight bastard when it comes to parting with money. Perhaps this can explain my deep down hatred for West Marine and their outrageously iniquitous pricing. Okay ~ I’ve beat that dead horse long enough.
I recently found the exact model I wanted new on eBay and bid the minimum $25. I won. I was thrilled. But wait, there’s more. It gets better. The shackle arrived today. It felt heavier than I expected. When I opened the package, I found not one but two shackles and a note. I now have what I wanted and a spare; over $200 worth of hardware for $25 (no shipping- yeah, I’m really cheap). I’m smiling as I write this. Life is good.
We have already added AIS. For Cream Puff, we recently purchased a new ships navigation computer, a wi-fi booster antenna, upgrades to all of our Nobeltec navigation software applications and updated electronic charts. Now comes the tricky part. All of this now needs to be installed. It’ll let you know how that goes.