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Old 12-20-2013, 10:01 AM   #21
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Oliver: Being in Dania Beach, you are almost next-door to Salorman's in Ft. Lauderdale. On my last visit, they had a half-dozen or so examples, including telescoping. Might save some $$$. Typically, used units are either very good condition or even unused.
You know what, that's actually great idea! I always forget their there. Because were always going to west marine and boat owners which is right down the road from them.
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Greetings,
Everything in Ft. Lauderdale is referenced to Lester's Diner. It's either across from, beside, behind or just down the street from Lester's.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:10 AM   #23
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Greetings, Everything in Ft. Lauderdale is referenced to Lester's Diner. It's either across from, beside, behind or just down the street from Lester's.
Yep.
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Old 12-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #24
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Greetings,
Everything in Ft. Lauderdale is referenced to Lester's Diner. It's either across from, beside, behind or just down the street from Lester's.
Don't forget "At", which in my case is often the proper term.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #25
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Jeez. I remember when "Circle R Donuts" was the "landmark"! Lesters does rock.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #26
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I bought something like that one time years ago, so ma-in-law (then about 90), could get onto the boat. She did, we went out, her sitting in a camp chair in the cockpit facing forwards, and enjoying every minute. She loved boats. Grew up in Bluff and Stewart Island (Southern NZ), just about living in them. Anyway, at one stage a large semi-planer swept past, catching us out a bit, and set us rocking. I looked back in time to see Ma rock sideways a few times then gently tip over on her side - still sitting in the chair and laughing. I was scared she would break a bone, but no way - we righted the chair - her still in it - and she was still laughing, and all she could get out was "wow, that was some wave there!"
Any, sorry for the digression, but we only used that plank that one time for that purpose, but I have found it handy since as a painting trestle plank.
So, if it happens to you Oliver, that you don't use it much on the boat, it can still be useful.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:19 AM   #27
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Be sure to check prices before finding treasures at Sailormsn.

He is the parts source for folks that have old gear and are Stuck, and prices accordingly.

The Dania Marine Flea market might offer a gear at 1/5 the price.

http://www.daniamarinefleamarket.com/

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Old 12-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #28
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Be sure to check prices before finding treasures at Sailormsn.

You got that right! More people need to laugh and walk out.

Megayacht Mart a few blocks up Andrews (across from MPT) is an excellent alternative. However, they have recently been stricken with the Sailorman pricing bug and some of the stuff is ridiculously overpriced. This has only occurred recently so hopefully they will see that stock isn't moving and will come back to Earth.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:14 AM   #29
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I agree that Salorman's sticker prices are not realistic, but whenever I find something I want, I just work on 'em. It took me a month to get my price on a new-takeout Stidd helm seat. I paid 1000 bucks (retail 4500) and then went back and bought the custom pedestal for 60 bucks (retail 325) and 40 bucks for the SS foot rest (280 retail). I had to spend two hours cleaning it, but otherwise perfect. I see some of the same dock-boarding ramps there as I noticed 6 months ago. Those are the items I go after.

Rick....I think you might be right about the spread of inflated sticker prices to other stores in Lauderdale, but here on the Gulf Coast, I don't find them much lower on similar items. Stuart either, for that matter. Still, it's a rare thing to find passerelles on something like Craigslist. There's only so many salvage yards big enough to carry stock. My welder custom builds them, but the material alone is $$$.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #30
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Still, it's a rare thing to find passerelles on something like Craigslist. There's only so many salvage yards big enough to carry stock. My welder custom builds them, but the material alone is $$$.
If I were in the market for a side boarding ladder and cost was no object, I would go for one of the carbon fiber versions. They are becoming more common as passerelle extensions and side ladders. They are fantastic! Super light weight, quiet, strong, stiff, and sturdy.

They make those aluminum Marquipt things look and feel like a Home Depot stepladder. The difference between walking up or down one of the carbon fiber ladders compared to the aluminum versions has to be experienced to believe.

I have heard that Marquipt has a carbon fiber ladder or will soon have one so I shouldn't lump all their products as less than acceptable.

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You South Florida guys have probably already tried Marine Connection just north of Ft. Pierce on US 1. Some of their stuff is pricey, but there are deals to be had. For instance last week they had better hose clamps than West Marine. West Marine wanted $8.25 each for theirs. Marine Connection better ones were $1.50. It is a clean well stocked place. That is not like Sailorman's.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:58 PM   #32
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You South Florida guys have probably already tried Marine Connection just north of Ft. Pierce on US 1. Some of their stuff is pricey, but there are deals to be had. For instance last week they had better hose clamps than West Marine. West Marine wanted $8.25 each for theirs. Marine Connection better ones were $1.50. It is a clean well stocked place. That is not like Sailorman's.
You're so right, Don. It's hard to believe that a place could have the rotating inventory that this place has and still keep it organized. I go up every so often to just dream. Rarely do I come out without a good deal on something. Last time I got a SS bow plate with integral bow eye and inner reinforcement plate for 40 bucks.....yeah. There were two more in the box that I should have taken for that price.

Rick, I never gave the carbon fiber units a thought. The aluminum ones are a bit clunky and noisy. I dunno, it's good that I don't have an N-47 cuz I'd think everything would have to be the best.
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:08 PM   #33
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it's good that I don't have an N-47 cuz I'd think everything would have to be the best.
That's not always the case, I hope! I don't need no gold plated boarding ladder.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:55 AM   #34
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That's not always the case, I hope! I don't need no gold plated boarding ladder.

Set foot on a carbon fiber ladder and you will wonder how and why you ever put up with the flexible clanker.
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we went to sailorman and mega yacht consignment place on Andrew's Ave. We've narrowed it down two two, more to come tonight.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #36
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The Hamiltons a just got a new passerelle, so,check out their blog (recent blog entry). If you have questions, he is pretty good at responding.

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The Hamiltons a just got a new passerelle, so,check out their blog (recent blog entry). If you have questions, he is pretty good at responding. http://blog.mvdirona.com Jim, Sent from my iPad using Trawler
I did, I think we've found one at a fair price.
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