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Jon Fuller 27-06-2005 08:14 PM

Online shop
 
What's the general concensus on having an online shop within boatmad for specialist parts, such as Salmon controls/pickups, custom sea strainers :dizzy: , instuments, etc, etc?

been giving it some thought, and reckon a central place for the less commonly found rigging components might be a goer.


Opinions please.

jf

MrRob 27-06-2005 08:29 PM

K4+ has a pretty good online shop and stocks a lot of cool uncommon things and might do you a discount depending on what u want and how much.

Jon Fuller 27-06-2005 08:36 PM

I'm not after anything myself, I'm talking about 'producing' stuff, as in having parts made to a particular design to fill the gaps that there are currently in our market.

Matt 27-06-2005 08:37 PM

Reckon an online catalogue would be good, but not sure about online shop - the type of products are probably 'specialist' enough that ya would be unlikely to buy them without getting all sorts of details and specs first, and no doubt trying for an extra bit of discount too. Depends whether it's just gonna showcase the odd few bits, or whether you're trying to create an extensive online powerboat chandlery.

BREN 27-06-2005 08:42 PM

Re: Online shop
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Jon Fuller
What's the general concensus on having an online shop within boatmad for specialist parts, such as Salmon controls/pickups, custom sea strainers :dizzy: , instuments, etc, etc?

been giving it some thought, and reckon a central place for the less commonly found rigging components might be a goer.


Opinions please.

jf

good idea jon

Gav 27-06-2005 11:23 PM

could be a winner! ;)

Taz 27-06-2005 11:26 PM

I Have also thought about this a lot but dont have the knowledge or know the right people to get the goodies. I think it would really hit off internet shopping is the biggest thing these days

Megalomaniac 28-06-2005 07:24 AM

:hugegrin:
great idea john

Adam 28-06-2005 08:43 AM

Re: Online shop
 
Quote:

Originally posted by Jon Fuller
What's the general concensus on having an online shop within boatmad for specialist parts, such as Salmon controls/pickups, custom sea strainers :dizzy: , instuments, etc, etc?

been giving it some thought, and reckon a central place for the less commonly found rigging components might be a goer.


Opinions please.

jf

Pretty much what K4+ is! We are importing various speciality goods and also manufacturing some of our own components where there is a need. The range is constantly expanding and should be some more lines added soon.

In the future K4+ will carry on providing this service, with design work being under Adam Younger Design.

Any RIBs that we build or other boats will be under another name - that is not fully decided on at the moment. Depends on many factors including some potential investment and some potentially exciting projects that could go ahead.

Adam

BluFin 28-06-2005 01:01 PM

Dunno is the answer.
Ask a question how many times will you rig a boat.
Guess the people here do it more than the norm. Guys doing lots will have their trade accounts & suppliers. So would that only leave the individual on his own project?
Communications & deliveries available through the internet the difficulties are non existant today for overseas supply. Guess the nut kicker would be attractive pricing which is becoming more & more the marketing issue of the day.


Edit: that was a serious post.
So did ya hear the one about two queer Spiders........

Kept playing with each others FLYS...............

Jon Fuller 28-06-2005 01:38 PM

John, I hear you, the parts I'm talking about are the things that i've found it hard, or way too expensive when sourcing myself.

In a lot of cases, the awareness that they exist in the first place is greatest problem facing a buyer.

BluFin 28-06-2005 02:11 PM

Serious Bit:
Maybe rather than stocking, holding the stuff as you rightly say
"In a lot of cases, the awareness that they exist in the first place is greatest problem facing a buyer"
Make it a suppliers directory in a subscribed area on the site

I know from the hobby site I set up years ago, grew so much that to cover the costs of keeping things going can set you back a bit from ya own pocket. For me it required a dedicated replacement server, with a much hiher bandwith
(If anybody wants advertisng on it I pull down 1.4 million hits a year, aerospace shite)

Light bit:
Hear about the two queer ghosts that put the willies up each other

BluFin 28-06-2005 02:16 PM

Half the battle in getting stuff made is in the design & set up. If ya making one dont cost 5 times that to make five more. set up & tooling is ready. It's just a case of how long will the stock hang around.
Certainly there would be an instant market for a UK made incontrol foot throttle, & some of those very pretty single gear levers all nicley anodized



EDIT: sorry american spelling on Anodised

Jon Fuller 28-06-2005 02:39 PM

Steve Salmons control levers are first class, and his ballast valves are getting there,
Also his trim indicators are very nice indeed.
so they'd just need to be 'stocked'. (he can rarely supply quickly when needed)

UK In-Control, yes, agree.

Compact & sexy S/S & ali Sea Strainers, mebbe similar to the Marine Machine ones with a lovely spin-on anodised lid, with the option of semi-custom port arangement would be nice.

BluFin 28-06-2005 02:53 PM

Talking of strainers - how you getting on - sorted yet?

BluFin 28-06-2005 02:58 PM

Ref any throttle.. maybe rather than the norm or top loaded, how about a back loaded so it could run fwd before the return to the motor / s. Make for a much cleaner tidy arragngement.
Name it the "BULLDOG LEADFOOT"

Jon Fuller 28-06-2005 03:04 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by BluFin
Talking of strainers - how you getting on - sorted yet?
I have my fingers crossed for a completed pair on Friday.

They're gonna be a kinda custom version of the Malcolm Cole / Oval316 ltd / Simon Wood-Power ones.

The basic shape of them means they're gonna be a fkkn tight fit.

Jon Fuller 03-08-2005 12:16 AM

Been talking with Steve Salmon today, and I'm gonna stock some of his specialist stuff, bow tank pickups (2 types), control levers, trim indicators etc, and have a showcase here on boatmad.

plus he's gonna look into producing a new foot throttle along the lines of the 'IN-CONTROL' type fitted to my boat.

Steve is happy to offer a 20% discount to BM members.


will sort some pics for a showcase soon

his website has some info too.

www.salmonpowersports.com

Captain Chaos 03-08-2005 12:20 AM

i reckon showcase is a go-er jon.

are the in-control footies that much smoother to use?

Jon Fuller 03-08-2005 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Captain Chaos
i reckon showcase is a go-er jon.

are the in-control footies that much smoother to use?

yeah, they're luvvly.

I must say tho', Pauls foot throttle on his Mariner 3.0 is the lightest 'regular' style I've found, really quite smooth & light.


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