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Old 09-22-2017, 03:56 PM   #1
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Need help with logistics

Currently in Grenada and 1 of 6 (2yr old) Trojan L16H-AC batteries went bad. I went with flooded Trojan batteries originally because I thought, if needed, they would be easier to get. WRONG!

Trojan warranty is for a $31 credit, thats it. So shipping here is costly, customs here is costly. Budget Marine here told me Antiqua had 2 in stock. Antiqua Budget Marine claims none and want $681 for the battery PLUS shipping. The batteries originally cost $350.

So outside of going to USVI, what other islands have low to no import fee, and any idea on cheap shipping?? Any other Trojan suppliers??

Thanks for any input

Also lets try not to get into replacing 1 battery out of 6 is bad. Convince Trojan, and I will listen. Got stuffed on warranty and cruising budget won't allow a few thousand dollars to replace 2 yr old batts.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:01 PM   #2
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Most of my my clients in the Caribbean use a outfit called "tropical shipping" http://www.tropical.com

The process is simple. You call and get set up with them.

Then you order your equipment and have is drop shipped to their dock in Florida.

They take it from there. Their rates are very reasonable, and their service is fantastic. You pay them directly so the selling merchant is not involved. Allot of people even set up their address as a authorized ship to address on their credit cards.

That way you pay US prices for the gear, and get it quickly. Of course you have to pay whatever import duties your destination country charges, but thats normal with any international commerce.

I have used them for many years to most of the Caribbean countries and they are very professional.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:40 PM   #3
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Scott: We used Marine Warehouse in Trinidad and Panama. One shipment was 4 gallons of bottom paint and I know others that imported batteries and anchor chain, all heavy stuff, cheaper than buying them locally.

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Larry, we used them in Panama. I will try to get a quote for a Trojan L16 in Trinidad perhaps.

P.S. Glad you came thru Irma OK, or so I heard.
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In general, when we sailed the Caribbean 10 years ago, we found parts and boat assessories cheaper in Trinidad then just about any place else other than Saint Thomas.

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Ship to there address in Miami and they ship to Sint Maarten (Duty free port no tax's etc).
Or you can buy Trojans at Island water world in St maarten (Dutch side). Bought mine 10xT105+ there , good price cheaper than shipping in. Budget marine also sell them.
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Plan B ?

can you setup your system to use one less , and replace at 1/2 the cost in USA?
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Ship to there address in Miami and they ship to Sint Maarten (Duty free port no tax's etc).
Or you can buy Trojans at Island water world in St maarten (Dutch side). Bought mine 10xT105+ there , good price cheaper than shipping in. Budget marine also sell them.
I am not sure St Marteen is a god option these days

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short term fix is to rewire and operate off a 4 battery bank.
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I am currently operating on 4 (870 amphrs). Martin the T-105s are everywhere, Unfortunately I went with L-16 (essentially 2 T-105s stacked vertically) for more floor space in engine room. So I need an L16 to go back into existing bank.

Trying to find an in stock L-16 somewhere. Second choice would be shipping ($$) or wait 1-2 more years before I am back in the US.

I will try to find a contact for some salvage opportunities.
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