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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Wood Is Good...

    lifeboat-831596168    GeorgeElmyLifeboat

    Had Fred Crowell in yesterday who is a superb traditional wooden boat builder that works out of Wapping Street Boatyard, South Shields. Over a period of time Fred has been working on the restoration of the George Elmy - The Seaham Lifeboat that capsized on the 17th of  November 1962 whilst trying to enter the harbour. As a result of the capsize all the crew were lost, as were four out of  the five crew  of the fishing coble 'Economy' which had made the distress call.

    Fred was purchasing some Morse control cable ends which was one of the last pieces of the ‘jigsaw’. He was telling us that this coming Saturday at the Wapping Street Boatyard there is an open day where you can see the restored lifeboat, it runs from 10  till 4 if anyone is interested! If you Click Here the link will take you to the restoration site where you can watch sixteen part series showing the restoration of the boat on YouTube

    RNLB George Elmy
  • The Show Must Go On...

    Girls Aloud    All hands on deck!

    Here at the chandlery we sell a good number of boatie bits, we make sails and canopies, rig masts etc but, what many folks don't realise is that we are often getting big named stars out of trouble; not that Cheryl Cole would ever get into trouble on Tyneside!

    So picture this, snow on the ground, two five Nations rugby matches on the TV that afternoon, the result: a quiet chandlery shop, then, the phone rings...

    Harassed gentleman: "Do you sell bungee cord and hook assemblies?"

    Chandlery: "We usually sell the plastic hooks and elastic as a DIY kit".

    Harassed gentleman: "If I popped round could you make up approx 100 and have them ready for 5pm latest?".

    Well by close of play the assemblies were ready for collection and the Girls Aloud concert went ahead (why they did not want them for the Friday concert who knows)

    The Metro Arena, City Hall and Theatre Royal normally give us a little more time, like the morning of the show. The list often consists of Wichard hi-load swivels, carabineers and rope... thats always black!

    Oops forgot to thank our ‘Saturday lad’ Joe,  who as we found out later, is a big big fan of Cheryl’s and certainly worked his cotton socks off to keep her happy!

  • Time for a change?

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    Our old Spanish courtesy flag had seen better days so I decided to bring a new one out with us, what I had of course forgotten (must be an age thing?) was that hoisted above it was actually a Canarian flag which was in even worse condition! Anyway, the new flag is proudly fluttering in the breeze, lets hope it helps attract a buyer for the boat. Incidentaly there is an excellent little book called The Reeds Maritime Flag Handbook, which does delve into the mystery of flag ettiquette, only £7.99. Its worth buying, it may prevent you from incurring the wrath of the marina know it all.

  • Marine Chandlery Testimonials

    21st November 2017 from M. Hemard in Antibes, France, who ordered a Soba Babynova washing machine

    Ok thanks. I’ve received the washing machine.
    It’s ok
    Best regards
    Hubert
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    5th October 2017 from Vanir Tiscoski Jr in Barcelona who needed an Admiralty chart of the east Atlantic.

    Hi, I´ve received it! Thank you. That was fast! Vanir (Ordered 3rd Oct, delivered on 5th Oct)

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    26th July 2017 from Kjell Lindberg in Sweden who ordered a Gill KB1 Racer Jacket

    Hello thanks for a quick delivery of order # 100011140

    Kjell Lindberg Uppsala Sweden

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    24th July 2017, from David Hatnes near York who ordered our best-selling Blakes 1 1/2" Seacock

    Just to say that the seacock arrived promptly. Excellent service. Many thanks.

    David.

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    14th July 2017, from Stephen Ross in Peterhead who needed a C-Map update to a different chart area.

    Andy, card installed and working perfect. Thanks again for your help. Regards Stephen Ross

    Sent from my iPhone

    On 12 Jul 2017, at 14:12, Marinechandlery .com <sales@marinechandlery.com> wrote: Hi Stephen, the updated chart is leaving Italy today. You should receive it this Friday. Best regards, Andy

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    6th June 2017, from Richard Watkinson in Woodbridge, Suffolk, who ordered a Blakes Seacock  and a Standard Horizon Handheld VHF. Greetings: parcel just arrived OK - many thanks for excellent service. R Watkinson

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    8th May 2017 from Simon Band in Hexham, who likes Vistal (used to be called Universal Stone)

    Are you still stocking this great product as I have just finished what Rob sold me. Simon

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    6th April 2017 from Stephen Lamb in Oslo, Norway, who ordered a Chart Art print.

    Andy!

    The ChartArt arrived and it's beautiful!  Genuinely impressed by the quality and resolution of the print and the solid wooden frame.  My expectations were exceeded.  Bravo!

    Stephen

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    14th February 2017 from Ari Auer in Finland who ordered an Echopilot FLS Platinum Engine with Video Output c/w Professional Transducer

    Hey Andy, package arrived and all was well. Thank you for a very good package.

    Best Regards Ari

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    6th December 2016 from Tim Bendix, Alnwick who ordered a Barton "K" Cam Cleat.

    Good morning, Many thanks for your assistance. Arrived on time this morning. I will probably order another one soon. Kind regards, Tim

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    24th October 2016 From Eric Lepaysant in Normandy who bought Hempel Gel Protect SFE200 and Tiger Xtra Antifouling

    Hi, Andy, I just received my order. All is perfect and I am very happy. Thank you for your reactivity and your service. Congratulations to all your team. Eric.

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    23 September 2016 from Charles, currently sailing in Portugal, who bought a Spinlock Rope Clutch

    Hi Andy,

    Thank you for your prompt service and information. I expect to sail in the morning from Cascais towards Lagos so will  be there before it arrives, I will of course inform the marina to expect it.

    Kind regards, Charles

    On 23 Sep 2016, at 14:43, <sales@marinechandlery.com> <sales@marinechandlery.com> wrote:

    Hi Charles, the clutch has been shipped via UPS and the tracking ref is

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    Sent: 13 September 2016 20:28 To: robbie@storrarmarine.co.uk Subject: Boarding Ring Glasses

    Hi Rob

    Really interested to read your latest info mail regarding Boarding Ring Glasses. Your experiences exactly match ours with Fiona using hers to counteract my boat handling as well as the often nasty wave and swell patterns...... I have tried to perfect the best 'Comfy Ride' helming technique to help crew through the rough stuff but sometimes the wind over tide, short intervals and adverse heading beat all the best intentions.

    Anyway, the Boarding Rings have been a staple part of F's anti seasickness armour for the past three years and very effective they have been. However, this year on our passage to Orkney F noticed that the 'ink' in the lenses had completely evaporated in one side piece and was significantly reduced in the remaining three. While still having some effectiveness the original direct effect was somewhat reduced.

    As a result we contacted the manufacturers by e-mail and had a superb response. Our new Best French Friend Hubert sent free replacement lenses by return post with handwritten details for application. He apologised for the problem and explained that a batch of the early lenses had been defective.

    Just a thought but might it be worth passing on the experience in case others have encountered the same issue?

    Best regards

    Richard (Maisy, Amble)

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    13th July 2016 from Mike Benson in Barrow in Furness who ordered a small Navionics chart for his Lowrance Globalmap 3500 chartplotter.

    Hi Andy Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for your support the plotter is now up and running

    Many thanks Mike Benson

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    30th June 2016 From Michael Norman in Whitby who purchased an outboard trolley.

    Can I just say how impressed I have been with every aspect of the way you have dealt with my order. In this day and age of the shoulder shrug and “ whatever “ culture, its always nice to be dealt with, from enquiry to delivery, in such a precise and attentive way. I have to say that anyone who admires my purchase or asks advice about anything nautical, will happily be steered in your direction. Michael Norman

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    9th May 2016 From Sherry in Cheltenham who ordered a chart art print.

    Andy

    Just a quick email to say that I hadn’t opened the chart (I simply wrapped it and delivered it to my cousin for his birthday present) – it was absolutely brilliant – a superb job done by the guy who stitched 5 charts together.

    Thank you so much!

    CA-Cornwallr

     

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    9th April 2016 From Nick Walker in Bucks, who sent in some C-Map charts for updating.

    Many thanks for your very prompt action. Cartridges received yesterday. Excellent turn round.

    Best Regards, Nick

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    11th April 201610th March 2016

    From Michele Keeves in York, who ordered some 3 Strand Nylon, a Wichard Chain Hook and a Stainless thimble which wasn't required, and refunded.

    Thank you, what a brilliant service, we shall certainly be using you again when the need arises.

    Kind regards,

    Michele Keeves.

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    From: Simon Band in Hexham Sent: 11 February 2016 Subject: Clock/barometer

    I must say I am very impressed with the quality of what I just bought from you, far superior to much of the tat advertised. As a matter of interest is it repeatable at that price or near as I may give one to my brother for his birthday in the summer? Simon

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    26th January 2016 from Ashley Savage on the Jurassic Coast who was trying to buy a Musto Gore-Tex mid layer Blouson.

    May I thank you for the swift delivery of the replacement Goretex Musto Blouson Jacket in a size medium (the large proved far to baggy around the chest). Frustratingly the medium is too short in the body. I will return this to you tomorrow morning via next day delivery and would be grateful if you could process a refund.

    I would also just like to say that I have been very impressed with the customer service. I would highly recommend marinechandlery.com

    Kind regards, Ashley Savage

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    6th January 2016 from Frank in Morpeth Northumberland who purchased:

    NASA Supernova LED Combi Tricolour & Anchor Light NASA Clipper Duet NASA Clipper Wind NASA Clipper Easylog

    Frank Cockburn resides in Mitford, and Yacht is normally moored on the River Coquest,  I purchased from Storrar Marine as I was provided with helpful and friendly information in the store, and then on price, a web site that was easy to use, and a Chandlery with a reputation for service to north east mariners.

     Frank W Cockburn

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    21st Dec 2015 From Derek Manning in West Sussex who needed his Anti Seasickness Glasses replacing.

    Hi Andy

    I would just like to thank you for your superb service, I received the replacement glasses on Friday “miles faster than many things being sent this christmas” so I would just like to finish by wishing you and all the staff at Marine Chandlery a very happy Christmas and wonderful new year,
    Derek

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    30th Sept 2015 From Stuart Spence in Co. Down who needed to update his Raymarine E series plotter to be able to view the current release of Navionics charts.

    Dear Andy, the software update compact flash card is enclosed.

    Thanks for sending me the update. I put it in the chartplotter on Saturday and it has worked a treat.

    Thanks for your help,

    Yours sincerely, Stuart Spence

     

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    28th Sept 2015, From Charles Pybus in Maidenhead who found his bi-focal sunnies too powerful and exchanged them.

    Re: Gill Bi-focal sunglasses

    Hi Andy

    Many apologies, a brief conversation with my wife and I found the parcel.  They are perfect, many thanks

    Best regards

    Charles

    On 27 Sep 2015, at 11:32, Storrar Marine <andy@storrarmarine.co.uk> wrote:

    Hi Charles, We received your glasses back and sent out replacements by 1st class post on Wednesday so I’m surprised you haven’t received them yet. Please can you confirm whether they have arrived.

    Thanks, Andy

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    4th August 2015 from David Hulston who is sailing from Spain to the Canaries. He ordered a C-Map MAX chart when it should have been NT+.

    Many thanks for pointing out I ordered the wrong model. Fantastic service.

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    27th July 2015 from Allen Brunton who had his mainsail in our sail loft for some repair work.

    Thanks Robbie,  I will go and examine the "large inconvenient" parcel that is destroying tidiness of the customer space in the marina office, to see if, as I suspect, it is the offending item; in which case thanks for splendid service yet again.

    regards,  Allen

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    21st July 2015 from Lucy Peel in Dartmouth who ordered a Seago Ranger 320Airdeck inflatable dinghy.

    Dear Andy & Co

    Just a quick note to thank you for processing my order so efficiently. From responding to my initial enquiry to the point of receipt, your service was first class!

    Kind regards

    Lucy

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    14th July 2015 from Sharon Seah in New York who orderd 4 x Whale Henderson Watertight Locker Doors.

    Hi Andy, It's just been delivered. Thanks for great service!

    Sharon

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    21st May 2015 From Helmut Klein whose boat is in Nice. He purchased a Seago Ranger inflatable, a Seago ISO liferaft and a Universal Cradle to stow it on the pushpit.

    Thank you for your outstanding service.

    Regards

    Helmut

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    8th May 2015 From Clare Gallacher in Donegal who ordered some SeaJet Shogun Antifouling.

    Hi Andy

    Got the paint! Thanks for a great service, and all the follow-ups.

    Have a good weekend.

    Thank you

    Clare Gallagher

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    1st April 2015 from Nick Thwaites in Spain or the Canaries who bought 3 Marinet Mosquito nets for his hatches.

    Nets fitted, great service, everything happened perfectly. Why would anyone go anywhere else.

    Thanks to you all

    Nick

    Yacht Krakin

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    30 March 2015 From Mark somewhere in the Med.

    Hi Andy/Rob, Thanks to your help the mystery of the reverse reading fuel gauge is solved!! I measured the resistance and proved it was the correct value but in reverse. When I dismantled it the rod holding the float had been assembled from the wrong side! 10 mins.... Zero cost! Thank you! Mark

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    29 March 2015 from Alastair Troup in Devon who sent us two C-Map cards for updating to a different area.

    Thanks for the charts; just what I wanted. Regards, Alastair Troup

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    19 March 2015 From Steve Jones in Dorset whose Imray chart was rather crumpled in transit.

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    Hi Guys,  Just received a replacement chart this am, in perfect condition!

    Thank you very much, a very kind and much appreciated gesture.

    regards,  Steve Jones

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    17 March 2015 From Richard Sparrow in Kent who ordered a Navionics Platinum Plus chart yesterday for his Raymarine e95 Hybrid Touch Multifunction Display.

    Dear Andy Many thanks your email, just before opening it I saw Christopher's saying he had received the Navionics delivery, very impressive service.

    I have opened an account as I intend to visit your site before buying anything nautical.

    Many thanks again

    Best regards

    Richard     (Sparrow)

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    06 March 2015 From: Mike Downie To: Storrar Marine Subject: Re: Top Tips PDF's

    That’s brilliant!  Thank you, Claire

    Regards, Mike

    From: Storrar Marine

    Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 12:44 PM

    Good morning Mike, Just a quick message to let you know that the first three "Top Tips To Start The Season" articles have been converted to PDF and the last two are due to go up on the site later today. You can find the links and PDF versions here.

    I hope you continue to find them useful. If you have any problems or questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thanks again for your feedback and suggestions.

    Kind Regards,

    Claire Green

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    05/03/2015 From Nicky Hankinson who had our man polish her topsides with the Shurhold polisher.

    Thank you for doing Vasa's topsides - they look lovely

    Nicki

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    02/03/15 from Tamara Hill-Norton in London who ordered a Chart Art print of the Chichester Harbour part of Langstone and Chichester Harbours for her husband's birthday.

    He loved it - thank you!

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    19-02-15 From Steve Thornley in Colwyn Bay who ordered a Prop Protector Ropecutter. It has just arrived this morning. Thanks for the very prompt service.

    Regards

    Steve

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    11/02/2015 From Maggie and Ian Grant, somewhere in the Med.

    It's great to have a chandler who offers good advice. Thank you very much indeed.

    Filters. - were still going for the 230 model and it's the R20TUL complete with see through bowl. THE T stands for 10micron so we'll have two of those and two R20 PUL.(elements only for these last two) The P stands for 30 so once again Storrars come to the rescue. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    03/02/2015 From Christopher Gregg who visited our shop this morning.

    Many thanks to Rob Storrar for some great impartial tips and advice this morning. - at marinechandlery.com

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    29/01/2015 From Brian Penney, East Sussex

    Comment: Ordered Garmin 451 yesterday, delivered this morning (excellent service from interlink).

    Very well done.

    Thank you

    Brian

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    11/12/2014 From Derek Read in Derbyshire who ordered a set of Waterline Leather Spreader Boots for Chafe protection.

    Hi Andy,

    Thank you for your email - I appreciate being kept informed on the progress of my order.  I too thought the postage was on the high side but am impressed at the trouble you have taken on my behalf to refund the 2GBP for me.  You have just risen to the top of my bookmarked list of chandlers. Thank you.

    Derek Read.

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    27/10/2014 from Terry Carbro in Whitby

    Hi Rob,

    Just a quick note to say I'm very pleased with the new mainsail you made. I've not had the dubious pleasure of sailing hard on the wind with a double reef - yet - but we came back from Edinburgh in August (on the back end of hurricane Bertha) with a double reef and the sail shape looked good to me (sorry no photos).

    Thanks, Terry.

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    02/10/2014 From Tom O'Donnell in the west of France who ordered two charts of the Channel Islands and a Tidal Stream Atlas.

    Hi, Thanks - orders received.  Excellent service - thank you.

    Tom O'Donnell

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    28/08/2014 From Stuart Spence in Preston

    Hi Andy, Thanks ever so much. Somehow you managed to get both the Mega light (an excellent product) and the toilet seat hinges to me before Friday lunchtime so we were able to show our new anchor light and avoid things falling into the toilet over the bank holiday weekend – fantastic.

    Thanks again.

    Stuart

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    07/08/2014 From Karin Duimel, a visiting Dutch sailor, whose mainsail clew attachment had suffered UV damage. We collected it, did a full repair and delivered it back to the marina the same day.

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    Dear Rob, We had a perfect sailing day! The main sail was doing fine again. Thanks for helping us so quickly!!

    Regards, Karin

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    05/07/2014 From Brian Robertson in Aberdeen who ordered an Admiralty Leisure Chart Folio.

    Goods arrived. Excellent service as always!

    Thanks, Brian Robertson

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    23/06/2014 From the Grants, cruising in Greece who bought some mosquito nets for their hatches.

    Once again Storrar Marine come to the rescue.  Thank you very much for your excellent service

    Very best regards

    Ian and Maggie

    On board Tinkerbelle, Preveza (Cleopatra Boat Yard)

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    09/05/2014 From Jeroen in Holland who bought a pir of Musto Evolution Performance Trousers.

    Hey Andy, The trousers just arrived. Thanks for your reply and fast service!

    With best regards, Met vriendelijke groet, Jeroen Bootsman

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    01/05/2014 From Anatoly in Paris who bought first Musto then Henri Lloyd boots.

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    23/04/14 From Bruce Burman, Exmouth. We inadvertently shipped him some polysulphide sealant that was past it's shelf life - oops, not our usual practice!

    Hi Andy, I am most grateful for the refund. It is a pleasure to deal with an organization that takes customer relations seriously. I will have no hesitation in doing business with you again and indeed recommending you to our fellow sailors.

    Kind regards Bruce Burman

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    07/04/2014 from Gavin Sharp, Leigh-on-Sea who bought a C-Map chart. He Asked for NT+, but subsequently advised his plotter was Standard Horizon so we changed it to C-Map MAX. Wow! Super service and many thanks. Gavin

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    Thank you for a pleasant fast and efficient service. smiley

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    10/02/2014 From Kilifi Boatyard, Kenya. They ordered a Sta-Lok fitting last Wednesday which was delivered to Holland Thursday morning so that René Faber could hand carry it back to Kenya.

    Hi Andy,

    I am back in Kilifi, with the Sta-lok fitting! Well done and thank you.

    René

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    30/01/2014 From Gordon Woodend in Devon who bought an Oceanair Pleated Shade

    Many thanks, good service and competitive price.  Will look at your site for future purchases.

    Gordon

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    18/12/2013 From Dave Parkinson who needed a sail repair for his Dart 18.

    Hi Rob

    Been meaning to get round to this for ages, just wanted to say thanks to you and your team for the repairs to my sail, looks great !

    Thanks again & have a great Christmas

    Dave

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    06/11/2013 From James who bought some Universal Stone and Teak Wonder.

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    16/10/2013 From Andrew Smith in Glasgow who found his Musto Snug wasn't snug enough.

    Hi Andy The XL jacket arrived today. A perfect fit!

    Thank you very much indeed for your assistance and for such a quick delivery.

    Kind regards

    Andrew Smith

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    11/10/2013 Tested your rigging out for the first time today Robbie. She was sailing well! Thanks for your help.

    Dave

    Ballad Balladi

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    30/09/2013 From Paul in Lancashire who needed a green tinted Gebo portlight to match his Jeanneau, and had rather a long wait for it over the holiday period.

    Thanks Andy, Portlight arrived safe in Spain and is now fitted – we are thrilled with the result.

    Thanks again for all your help.

    Back to the grindstone today (counting down to our next trip!)

    Kind Regards,

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    Good Morning, Charts received this morning in good order. Thank You.

    Regards,

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    Yesterday she discovered it was not working properly: 'All safely received but the watch audio beeps do not seem to be working. I have set the button beeps to on and the alarm noises to on but the watch makes no sound.' Later yesterday: 'Thank you very much for the prompt response via the manufacturer – we think we have a solution which I will try tonight once I have a small enough screw driver and will let you know!' Today: 'And wielded the jewellers screw driver last night and now fully functioning with thanks to both your prompt action and the fast response from Optimum – excellent service in any event but really impressive in this day and age!'

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    20/09/2013 From Bill Stone in Oxfordshire who bought a couple of CTEK battery chargers.

    packaging brilliant

    contents ok

    stood on my head to fit

    works better than original single unit

    many thanks

    bill stone

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    18/09/2013 From Paul Frankcom, Royal Northumberland YC

    Hello Rob & Andy

    Please pass on much thanks to Claire for the great service last weekend in delivering us a new standard horizon handheld VHF after dropping mine whilst in lumpy seas.

    Thanks

    Paul

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    16/09/2013 From Simon Band in Hexham, replacing a hinge on his toilet.

    Thanks Andy I am so impressed at how efficient your site is. I think just post it to me for now, not too sure when I will come over to you, will bring that dinghy when I do.

    Simon

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    04/09/2013 from Mark Long in Warwickshire

    Hi there

    Thanks for very speedy delivery of deck shoes - perfect condition as well. Will always get my Orca Bays from you!

    Thanks very much for pain-free transaction :)

    Mark Long

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    28/08/2013 from Clifford Martin, Martin Engineering Supplies Ltd., Ballymena who ordered a Whale pump service kit on 27th.

    Received with thanks.

    Lightning fast !

    Regards

    Clifford

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    03/08/2013 from James Cotton, Milford Haven who ordered a Standard Horizon Loudhailer (We forgot to send him the flush mount kit - but it turned out he didn't need it so alls well that ends well.)

    No problem, it's been great dealing with you, will stop by again next time I need some kit.

    Best Regards,

    James Cotton

    Director

    Neyland Yacht Haven Ltd

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    22/07/2013 From Michele in Traverse City, Michigan, USA who ordered a Baltic Surf & Turf Quattro Buoyancy Gilet

    The package arrived!  It is great!  Thank you!

    Michele Bonhag

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    21/07/2013 from Dawn Franklyn

    FaramirHi Storrar Marine, Just a quick line to say thanks for your fast & efficient service on Saturday morning. Our new fridge pump was identified & delivered to the sail training ketch 'Faramir' within half an hour...enabling us to fit it & have working fridges before locking out with our charter party. Thanks again for the great service, Dawn Franklyn, Skipper of Faramir, The Cirdan Sailing Trust.

     

     

     

     

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    27/06/2013 From Sally Hudson on the Welsh Border who purchased a Jabsco Toilet Fresh kit that could not be installed and had to be returned.

    Thank you very much for your excellent customer service. We will certainly bear you in mind when we need further bits for our boat.

    Best wishes,

    Sally Hudson

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    21/06/2013 From Cathy Wang in Reunion who had difficulty getting a replacement part for her Babynova washing machine.

    I've just received my program selector, today! At last!!! And good news: it's the correct thing !  I would like to thank you Andy for everything  you did, your professionalism and kindness. THANK YOU ANDY! I hope everything will be ok now but if not you will read me again...

    Best regards

    Cathy

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    02/06/2013 From Peter, RNYC080

    Your belated news letter which is as usual interesting, it reminded me to thank Rob for a job well done.

    Picture the scene, I'd been lucky to bid on 5 rigging screws that was advertised as perfect for sailing on ebay and was very pleased to get them for £25:00 the screws were larger than the old ones that I had fitted as the bottom of the old rigging screws had bent under strain, so the standing rigging had to be shortened. When I phoned yourselves to get a price I was told to bring the rigging into the shop and you could see what was required and give an a fair estimate.

    This I did and as luck would have it Rob was available to discuss the matter. On inspection I gave him the new shiny large screws which would be fitted, his face said it all ....... "These are not for sailing but more for a wire fence!" he said, he quickly shot off and came back with the real I am of rigging screws.

    "This is what you should be putting on." I looked in disbelief  I really could see the difference, but at £65 to £70 each it was out of the question purchasing 5 of those.

    I was starting to go white as the blood drained from my face, as I explained my disappointment to him and why I needed bigger rigging screws. "No you don't, I've an idea" he said as off he went into the stores.

    Ten minutes later he returned to the shop front armed with several "half" rigging screws ( The bits that were bent) with a crafty universal joint on one end. All my old rigging screws were up onto the desk and he proceeded to mix and match to make 5 perfectly good screws which cost me a very small amount, magic done !!

    What I would like to say is thank you so much for all your effort and understanding the new additions work perfectly, and don't think you know it all as only one man can do that ........

    Kind Regards

    Peter

    "Emma & Kate" RNYC

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    01/06/2013 From Trevor Pegg in Tamworth who encountered a problem with a Whale service kit: Hi Andy Ref Whale Service repair Kit. I have fitted the kit and it appears to work fine - no leaks!! And the pump is much quieter. It would appear that my engineer had the same problem as you in that un-wittingly he could not get it to tighten up either. Thank you so much for your help.

    Marine Chandlery is a gem of a find. Having had problem with a water pump and service kit, nothing was too much trouble to resolve the issue. Everyone is most helpful and informative and will go out of their way to help. I will certainly use them again and have no hesitation in recommending them. A real pleasure to deal with!

    Dr Trevor Pegg

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    16/04/2013 From Jason Clark  in Italy.

    Hi. Many thanks for a superb service, received the map less than 24 hrs after ordering!!! Will definitely recommend to friends.

    Kindest Regards.

    Samuel "Jason" Clark

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    01/03/2013 From Bill Cochrane in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

    Hi, I received my cooker in record time fitted it today in my camper trailer it all works fine thanks … Cheers Bill

    (Good job by FedEx as we only shipped it last Monday)

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    08/02/2013 From Dennis Moffett in Co Down, Northern Ireland:

    Many thanks for your prompt service. The Lavac kit arrived today and I am delighted with it.

    Best regards

    Dennis Moffett

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    13/01/2013 from Mike Riches in Kent: Thanks for an excellent service. Last week I ordered a C-Map chart update and received it back in the same week. Throughout, your staff advice was helpful, and the order was trackable on-line, even down to the hour "window" it was delivered. Powered up without problem and all seems well.

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    17/12/2012 from Juraj Neuwirth in Prague, Czech Republic, who ordered an Icom M91D Handheld DSC VHF and a SPOT2 Satellite Tracker.

    Hi Andy,

    I would like to thank you for the delivery and the upgrade. Everything arrived in good condition. Many thanks, Juraj

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    05/12/2012

    Hi Andy We'll need another 6 packs of the monel rivets, Holt Marine A390 6mm x 17 mm (1/4 by 11/16 in inches). We will also need the paste which goes between the stainless steel plate and the aluminium mast to prevent corrosion. Can you also get and send us an anode:  15 inches by 1.75 inches with 9 inch hole centres.  We cannot get that size here in Trinidad. Can you please send them to me at the following address; Linda Lane Thornton SV Coromandel - Yacht in Transit . . . . . . Kind regards to you, Robbie and all the staff - I don't know what we'd do without you! Love Linda

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    02/11/12

    Dear Robbie,

    Thank you very much for the refund and for your persistance in chasing it up!  Thanks also for keeping me informed at every step of the way.  The next time I buy a chart (and there will definately be a next time!) I will certainly use your company.

    Thanks again,

    Claire.

    (Claire ordered then cancelled an Admiralty chart as she found they already had it. Her refund was delayed a bit due to a technical issue at Paypal.)

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    27/09/2012

    Rob,

    Simply amaaaazing.  Shows how much I look under the covers!

    Many thanks.

    Henry

    From: robbie@storrarmarine.co.uk To: henrypottle Subject: RE: My Address Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012

    It’s already on your hatch! Only need two clips (in post tonite) to attach to the elastic for you to tension/fit.

    Rob

    From: henry pottle Sent: 27 September 2012 To: Robbie Storrar Subject: My Address

    Dear Rob, My address is

    Though you can leave the cover/invoice with the Marina if it's easier as I'm in there two or three times a week.

    Sincerely Henry Pottle

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    12/09/2012

    Rob, Thank you - and Andy - for your precious help. Hope to have soon another opportunity to make business again.

    All the best, Érika Nicoletti, D.Sc. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    17/08/2012

    Hi, Order Reference: 15172

    Thank you for sourcing and delivering my order for Dubarry deckshoes, which arrived on time today, exactly as scheduled. You have set a new standard for me in helpfulness and efficiency, and all at a competitive price.

    The shoes fit, have no scuffing or other defect, and are exactly as wanted.

    :-)))

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    From Paul Waterman - Whale Pumps Parts and Service Kit

    12 July 2012

    Good afternoon, just a quick email to say thank you for the great service, my order arrived as time stated and all correct. Would recommend your services.

    Many thanks

    Regards

    Paul

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    From Peter Bateman, Kilifi Boatyard, Kenya

    23 June 2012 Dear Andy,

    After the hiatus of getting that rigging out of your hands, I just wanted to tell you that we  have received the pallet safely.

    The rigging is assembled, the mast is up and secure. Your work is really appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Peter.

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    From Nick Barnes in Guernsey who received a faulty SL-300 lifebuoy light - Replaced by Jotron immediately. 28 May 2012

    Have posted faulty light back. Replacement one arrived this morning and it works.

    Thanks for excellent service.

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    Sent: 17 May 2012 15:46

    To: RobStorrar

    Subject: delivery

    Hi Rob / Andy, Thanks, received a load of paint from your internet shop. Just wanted to say I found the service, packaging and delivery FIRST CLASS, Thanks again

    Regards

    Malcome Collins

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    Delivery of an Optimum Time Jumbo watch - here's hoping it brings good results!

    From: Andrew Ackroyd

    Sent: 08 March 2012 13:21

    To: 'Storrar Marine'

    Subject: RE: Racing watch.

    Just arrived Rob thank you.

    Cheers, that would be six wins if I did but fear my run of good luck will end shortly!

    Thanks for your help.

    Regards.

    Andrew Ackroyd

    From: Storrar Marine

    Sent: 08 March 2012 07:35

    To: 'Andrew Ackroyd'

    Subject: RE: Racing watch.

    Hi, Posted first class yesterday, make sure you win!

    Rob

    From: Andrew Ackroyd

    Sent: 08 March 2012 00:08

    Subject: Racing watch.

    Dear Rob, How are we doing with the start watch I ordered, Racing Sunday!

    Best wishes. Andrew Ackroyd

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    From Kilifi Boatyard in Kenya:

    Dear Andy, I regret that all too often we forget to commend people for their extremely good service. We have received our urgent rope shipment from you in very good time and all is well.

    Thank you very much. Really appreciated.

    Kind regards Peter Bateman

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    From Catherine Aggleton who had a bit of a problem with her shoes:

    Dear Mr Laurence

    Thank you very much for organising the replacement of the Orca Bay shoes, it is very much appreciated.  Having had an email from Rob Storrar with the very kind offer of keeping the shoes along with a refund; I declined the offer and returned the shoes to Orca Bay as discussed.  I had a telephone call from Orca Bay to confirm receipt and despatch of the replacement shoes of which I received the following day.  I am extremely impressed by the standard of service, the efficiency and helpfulness I received from Marine Chandlery and Orca Bay.  Thank you for restoring my faith in customer service, it’s very reassuring to know that excellent service still exists.

    Many thanks again and long may such excellent service continue.

    Kind regards

    Catherine Aggleton

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    From Suze Watling in Surrey who needed some boots she could not find elsewhere.

    Andy, just to say a big thank you - my Musto boots arrived yesterday at the exact time the couriers had said &  they fit perfectly.

    thanks for such impressive service

    suze watling

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    From Mark Dixon who needed to get a job done at the weekend

    Andy That is brilliant - thank you!

    The stuff has arrived already - can do the full winterisation tomorrow.

    Have a great Christmas

    Kind regards

    Mark

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    From Dougie MacDonald who needed something he ordered on Friday for a Saturday delivery.

    Hi

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

    Thanks very much for your excellent service, I was worried it wouldn't arrive before we were launching, the fact that it did and that you also refunded me (the excess delivery charge), is a very rare quality of service.

    You have to be congratulated on the way your business is run.

    Many thanks

    Dougie MacDonald

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    From Mike Stemmer who ordered an O'Neill vest.

    Hello, Order # 8040 was received ok this morning.

    Very good service.

    Many thanks,

    Mike Stemmer

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    From David Wood who ordered a Rutland 503.

    Hello Andy,

    Thanks a million for your good services.

    I ordered a wind turbine on Wednesday (was actually on the Thursday) - and you delivered it on Friday.

    The packaging was very thorough - it took a lot of initiative and time to open it.

    Kind regards

    David Wood.

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    From Angus Nairn of Rib Rescue in Weymouth who ordered a replacement battery for an ICOM handheld VHF.

    Received today, many thanks for a brilliantly quick service, much appreciated.

    Cheers, Jock

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    From David Wolf in West Sussex who ordered a pair or Orca Bay shoes.

    Dear Sirs,

    My shoes arrived today.

    Great quality, great price and wonderful service!!

     

    Thankyou,

    David Wolf

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    From Sharron England in Preston, Lancs, who ordered a Rutland Regulator overnight.

    Thank you for the speedy and excellent service

    Sharron

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    From David Heritage Racing Yachts in Cowes, who needed a Tacktick wind transmitter in a hurry.

    Hi, Thank you! You have really saved our skin over here and we really appreciate it.

    Brilliant service! Fia

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    From Maarten Mees in Holland: (There's a bit of a Dutch invasion of our waters going on this year - we have already had someone sail over here to Newcastle to collect their order from our shop!)

    Dear Andy,

    Today I have received the order in perfect condition.

    Thanks for the service, it will guarantee a safe crossing to the UK this summer.

    Best regards, Maarten Dorhout Mees

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    From Brian Daugaard in Denmark

    Great Service !!!! I ordered a Rocna anchor 2 days ago, and today it came here to me in Denmark.....I never seen better service....Thanks.

    Best regards Brian.

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    From www.theshipsmonkey.org

    This is not an 'advert' for Storrar Marine but I do want to put on record my deep appreciation of the help that we have had from Rob, Andy and everyone else in preparing Reveller for our trip. We first visited Storrars in our early days of sailing as raw novices knowing very little and over the few short years that we have been sailing Rob and Andy have been an ever reliable source of help and good advice. This was often unconnected to a sale and sometimes even to their detriment when they said "You don't need it" of something we felt we should add to our equipment.

    On our journey so far we have called in at several chandlers and they have made us realise how good Storrars are in the service they provide not only in the range of items that they stock but also in the knowledgeable advice available.

    Use it or lose it. Give them a visit - you won't regret it.

    Ok - maybe it did turn into an advert - but I also feel that it's good advice. 'Nuff said.

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    From Kay Paterson in Hong Kong who bought some Lewmar 10" Powergrip winch handles:

    The winch handles are gorgeous! We made three guns and second overall in the spring series at Hebe Haven HK and I manged a few extra inches on the halyards with them, made all the difference.

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    From Rod Bain in Edinburgh who needed some deck shoes and a pair of boots urgently.

    Hi Andy, Just to say thanks for very quick service; the package arrived promptly on Friday morning. Perfect.

    Cheerio

    Rod

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    From the Watkins in Cornwall who ordered a Jabsco Toilet:

    Good afternoon. Our order arrived early this morning and Tony wanted to let you know how impressed he was with your quick service and good packaging.

    A pat on the back for all involved, thanks.

    Regards Pauline Watkins

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    From Geoff Hilditch in the Wirral, a Rocna customer.

    Good afternoon Andy,

    The anchor just arrived by Interlink – very impressed with the service from you and them!

    Many thanks, Kind regards Geoff

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    From Andy Smith in Stoke on Trent

    Dear Andy,

    Just recieved the Henri Lloyd Newport Shorts, thank you. Many thanks for the Marine Chandlery cap. I collect caps so it's a welcome addition to my collection...

    Best Regards

    Andy Smith

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    From Giles Passmore on the subject of Harken Balls

    Hi Robbie,

    Thank you for your efforts.  I have the rods, but I agree with David Lawson about replacing them and the rings as well and so look forward to receiving them in due course.  I do need the balls though, Shirley thinks that this is hilarious!, as quickly as possible.  Once everything is in place we should have the Genoa pirouetting like a ballerina!

    On a serious note, many thanks for your very prompt action.  If you are looking for a customer satisfaction quote, I would give it without reservation.

    Best wishes to you and Andy

    Giles.

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    From Neil Rider in Manchester who ordered some antifouling:

    Sir, I have just received goods from you less than 24hour from placing the order, well packed and in excellent order “excellent service” thank you.

    Regards

    Neil Rider

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    From Ann Storton in Devon

    Dear Andy,

    I am really pleased to tell you my new (gorgeous) shoes arrived a few minutes ago!!!

    Thank you so much for all your attention and efforts to reach this satisfactory outcome.  I cannot fault you on your service

    Wishing you a prosperous and successful Summer

    Ann

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    From Giovanni Prato in Italy

    Hi Andy, the stuffs arrived today and everything is perfect. great. many thanks and see you at the next purchase.

    ciao

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    From Michael Drekker in Germany, who received a faulty pair of Dubarry shoes.

    Andy, no problem, such things can happen. I´m still a fan of Dubarry.....;-)......

    If I send the box back to Dubarry, I will also send a brief description why I send the shoes back.

    You will also get the receipt by mail or as a copy.

    Best regards and thank you for your support. It is really a very good service which is not often in these times.

    Michael

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    From Emma Hirst in Aberdeenshire

    Many thanks for locating the Musto jacket for me. Just wanted to say I am very impressed with the level of service you have provided.

    Thanks again

    Emma Hirst

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    From Joe Lee in the Isle of Man

    Hi Robbie, received my parcel this morning .great service.many thanks .

    regards Joe Lee.

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    From Martyn Letherby in Argyll

    Hi, Cradle arrived this morning.

    Best price I could find on the net and fast delivery!

    Thanks very much.

    Martyn

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    From Tony Cross in Hampshire

    Hello. Thank you for the two pairs of Orca deck shoes I recently ordered.They arrived at 8:30 this morning. Brilliant service !!

    Once again, many thanks

    Tony Cross

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    From Jane Spencer in East Sussex

    Just to let you know that my Musto package arrived this afternoon.  All the clothes fit perfectly and I am very pleased with them. Thanks for enclosing a cap with the Musto gear, it was a pleasant surprise and will be very useful.

    Thanks also for letting me know about the delivery problems you were experiencing, it was really appreciated.  I will definitely use Marine Chandlery in the future and recommend you to my friends.

    Best regards

    Jane Spencer

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    From Malcolm Somner in West Sussex

    Just a quick email to thank you Guys for an unbelievably quick turnaround on the anti-freeze (especially considering the weather conditions up and down the country)…it arrived about half an hour ago which makes it pretty much 24 hours on the dot from the confirmed order. Thanks again, very impressive….and just in time this end!

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    From Mario Špehar who ordered a Henri Lloyd Diablo jacket for delivery to Slovenia.

    The jacket was delivered today. Thank you a lot for the assistance, will shop again here!

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    From Patricia Barclay who ordered a Musto bag. Just to say that the bag arrived yesterday and I've got a very happy birthday boy here today!! Thank you so much for all your help.

    Kind regards

    Patricia Barclay

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    From Ron Hancock who ordered a Lewmar Portlight he planned to take overseas.

    Hi  Many thanks for fast delivery item arrived yesterday, excellent service.

    Ron

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    From Anna Mitchell who ordered a toilet for delivery to Italy.

    Thanks very much for prompt service. I look forward to receiving it - and no more blushes!

    Best regards,

    Anna.

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    From Ann Storton in Devon

    Brilliant service!

    Thank you for my lovely dubarry shoes and for such prompt attention and delivery. They arrived on 27th August as you promised

    I will recommend you to friends and use you again.

    Ann Storton

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    From Robert Darby who recently purchased a Relief Band from us.

    The band definitely works. After a short trip from Newcastle to Sunderland I was miserably sick! We decided to order a band.

    We then sailed Sunderland – Hartlepool – Whitby – Hartlepool without any sickness. Remarkable!

    Thanks again.

    Robert Darby

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    From Ian H. Hay and Maggie Grant

    Good morning from Italy,

    Well, Storrars have done it again.   This is just to let you know we are extremely satisfied with our new Smartwave 2400 which you recommended.   The build quality is superb and I'm sure it will last for many a year without any more pumping it up!!!  The colour looks great against the stainless steel davits and we have fitted it so that it attaches to the davits and raises and lowers without any problems.

    We fitted a large pad eye at the front and reinforced underneath the front section with 3/4 marine ply after installing an inspection hatch.  The rear end was no problem .  We just fitted once again 2 pad eyes to the rear  transom.  I'm absolutely over the moon and thank you for your good recommendation and service.

    My very best regards to you all.

    Where would we be without a good Chandlers?????? probably well off!

    Ian H. Hay

    on board 'Tinkerbelle' Vibo Valentia,  Italy.

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    From Philip Aspey, ‘Shahrazad’, Port Napoleon, West Provence, France.

    Andy, at Storrar Marine, sorted out all the parts I needed for my (Mercruiser) outdrive legs and sent them to me in the South of France by guaranteed next day delivery. The French engineer told me that the engine parts I needed were no longer available. Andy tracked them down for me and saved me hundreds of pounds.

    Best Wishes

    Phil Aspey

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    From Jonny + Kate Harrison mailto:jksailing@hotmail.co.uk

    We have used Storrar Marine for many years both as dinghy racers for our spares and equipment and also when refitting our yacht to embark on a 16,500 mile trip to Australia. The service is always second to none, these guys really know their stuff and give honest and impartial advice. We shopped around for many of our items, Storrar Marine was usually the most competitive on price. We sourced most of our equipment through Storrar Marine, from EPIRBs to Windlasses and sail repairs. The team are excellent at after sales service, helping replace or repair items under warranty for us by liaising with the manufacturers on our behalf. They even sent spare parts to the Canary Islands for us! I could not recommend the team highly enough - I just wish they had a branch in Sydney!

    Jonny

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    From Ian H. Hay and Maggie Grant

    From leaving the West coast of Scotland five years ago and heading into the Mediterranean, one of the most important back ups was to have a sound and reliable Chandler supplier. There has been many times from far afield we have contacted Robbie, Andy and gang and always found them most obliging and their technical advice surpassing local sources. This has given us the assurance to take on many challenges and with good partners like them the horizons are not a problem.

    As well as sound advice they have supplied us with the smallest of items to the largest of items, at a good price, a speedy delivery and never let us down once, even when we were desperate for a new fridge. From drawings a new canopy and sun awning were sent out to Italy and the quality was superb and the fitting was spot on.

    Mind you its cost me several boxes of chocolate biscuits to keep them sweet.!!!!

    I have no doubt that across the Mediterranian and even the world's sea highways Storrars are known. Congratulations to all.

    Its all true and all from the heart!!!! Keep it up.

    Ian

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    A Thank-you letter to "Team Storrar"

    We were recommended to come to Storrar Marine many years ago to have a third reef put in a sail for our newly acquired first boat. Then a working jib was made which proved far more efficient than a reefed genoa...  we have returned to you again and again for everything from a shackle through single line reefing system to winches and wind generators and electronics.

    Now on our third boat fitting out we realise why.  Why Storrar Marine?

    We usually get exactly what we want, and if we ask for something that is inappropriate we get expert advice and are pointed in the right direction. "After-care", (customer service) and attention to detail are top-notch and save us hundreds of pounds and hours of frustration. So for those who say "I can get it cheaper on Ebay", THINK AGAIN, the SERVICE is PRICELESS at STORRARS.

    Thank you again,  Daphne and Eric Roberts

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  • My Love Affair...

     

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    My love affair with Universal Stone continues, this time in the cockpit of the Channel. After ten years the gearshift/throttle and the CE labelled adjoining were looking a little bit jaded from the effects of the Canarian sun. I was a little worried about using a colour restorer on the label in case it removed the lettering so once again I went for Universal Stone, yes it's not perfect but an awful lot better, no doubt if I spent a bit more time on the case it would look even smarter!

  • PVC or Hypalon - How Can You Tell?

    kb headerBefore making a repair or adding an accessory to your dinghy you need to know what material it is. How can you tell?

    Quite easily and there are two methods…….. first one is to get a small quantity of Acetone & moisten a piece of cloth then rub it over the surface. If it’s PVC the surface will become sticky; if Hypalon there will be no reaction. 1st Tip: do  the test in an ‘out of the way place’. 2nd tip: Cheap nail varnish remover is usually acetone or similar.

    The other method is to unscrew a valve. If the fabric is the same colour inside as outside it  will be PVC, if Hypalon it will be a much darker on the inside. We stock Acetone, Hypalon & PVC repair kits, material & adhesive and of course sell replacement inflatables should yours be damaged beyond repair

  • Introduction to Windlasses

    Intro Windlass

    To choose the right windlass for your needs you must know several parameters of the vessel and the main technical features of the products. The following section illustrates the meanings of the key expressions used.

    Boat length

    The windlass model to install depends on the length and displacement of the vessel.

    Typically, windlasses are sized in relation to motor power (wattage)* and maximum pulling capacity. As the size of the vessel increases, so does the size of the associated ground tackle so more windlass power is needed. As a guide multiply the total weight of chain + Anchor by 4. The result should be less than the pulling power of the windlass selected.

    * Some small windlasses such as the Lewmar Pro Sport operate with high gearing and very low wattage.
    Working load During anchor recovery, the windlass will pass through a number of operation phases until the anchor is broken out of the seabed. At each phase, the working load and retrieval speed of the windlass will vary. For any anchor recovery, the windlass will operate longest during the “working load” phase but will experience a significant peak in load during anchor breakout. This peak load can be reduced where sea-room is available by motoring over the anchor to use the boat itself to breakout the anchor. It is this significant peak load at breakout that puts the most strain on any windlass and why it is important to ensure that each boat has a windlass that maximizes this load factor. It is suggested that the safe working load be well below the windlass’s maximum pulling capacity.
    Anchor locker size This important consideration affects how much anchor rode can be placed in the locker and how much room there is for the windlass motor. The most important anchor locker measurement is its depth, since this ultimately determines how much “fall” is available. Specifically, the fall is the vertical distance between the top of the anchor locker and the top of the rode when the entire rode is completely stored inside. Ideally, in order to allow gravity to properly feed the anchor rode from the windlass into the anchor locker, a minimum of 30 cm (12”) of fall is necessary. If this is not available, a 'mushroom' can be fitted to help spread the chain around.
    Horizontal windlasses
    have their drive-shaft aligned on a horizontal plane and are usually completely self-contained in an above deck mounted unit, though there are models with below deck motors to provide a slightly smaller footprint on deck. Above deck units require a hole in the deck only for the chain to pass through, which may be a strength consideration on some boats where the centre of the foredeck is reinforced. This windlass offers the best performance with small anchor lockers. With horizontal windlasses, as the anchor rode enters the gypsy, it makes a 90° turn and feeds directly into the anchor locker.
    Vertical windlasses are aesthetically pleasing with their low-profile lines while not impinging on the available deck area. Vertical windlasses are normally installed above deck occupying minimal deck space, with a vertical rotation axis and the motor/gearbox coupled from below deck.
    Motors are usually IP66 (Protected against tempory flooding for use on-deck).
    Some newer models have IP67 motors (Capable of withstanding flooding from 15cm to 1m). IP68 is available on request for some Lewmar models.
    The solenoid unit or control box is used to minimise the current passing through the control switches. The switch operates the solenoid which is effectively another switch connecting the battery directly to the motor. A solenoid unit is included with new windlasses. Some newer models have them integrated inside the motor case. The circuit breaker A circuit breaker is an overload thermal protection device for DC voltages. These circuit breakers trip in overcurrent situations, breaking the circuit and protecting the equipment. Not usually supplied with a windlass but available as an option.
    Battery
    Normally a separate deep cycle battery would be used for the windlass, mounted as close to the unit as possible to minimise the run of high load cable. (Starter motor sized cable)
    Control Options
    are not generally supplied with a windlass as there are multiple choices: Up/Down foot switches on the foredeck close to the windlass are common. A crew member may be stationed there to be ready to wash down mud or clear weed from the chain and anchor. Self launching/retrieving anchors can be controlled by a cockpit or wheelhouse up/down toggle switch. Wired and wireless remote controls are also available.
    At Anchor
    NB: Anchoring loads should be carried by a chain snubber or chain stopper. Do not rely on the gypsy of a windlass for remaining at anchor.
  • Introduction to Additives for Epoxy Fillers

    Intro Fillers

    A variety of different filler powders may be used to create a variety of semi-liquid Epoxy mixes such as filling and fairing compounds and adhesives. The fillers form three distinct categories: hollow spheres, short fibres, and flow modifiers.

    Some may advise mixing the filler material with the epoxy base then adding the required amount of hardener. It is my experience that it is better to mix the epoxy and hardener then gradually add the filler much as you might add flour to a sauce in a kitchen. Add and mix only enough of the filler to create the required consistency. As with any epoxy mix there is an exothermic reacton, so work quickly and keep it as cool as possible - try not to fill a mixing pot with resin to more than half the diameter to avoid heat build up. Keep it spread out in a thin layer as much as possible. If it is a really hot day, chill the resin and hardener in a fridge or ice bucket before starting!

    Hollow Spheres

    Hollow spheres serve to increase the volume and reduce the density of any resin system and are used to make adhesive mixes and filling & fairing mixes. They are regularly used for producing easily sanded filling & fairing compounds, and can also be used for making low density adhesives for low strain applications. Within this category: microballoons and glass bubbles are found.

    Microballoons (West 407) are hollow phenolic resin spheres. This makes them particularly useful for cosmetic fillet joints and fillers in wood construction, as well as structural adhesives for less demanding applications on softer timbers such as cedar. Although not as waterproof as glass bubbles, microballoons are often preferred for their excellent sanding characteristics. Microballoons are not normally used with polyester or vinylester resins because they can be subject to styrene attack which may cause the spheres to collapse. When storing microballoons, it is particularly important to exclude air as they readily absorb atmospheric moisture which will affect the performance of the filled mix.

    Glass Bubbles are as you would imagine, hollow glass spheres with a more variable particle size than microballoons. Being composed chemically of glass, they are physically harder than microballoons and filled resin mixes are noticeably more difficult to sand. However, glass bubbles produce a more waterproof filler mix and are often used on below-waterline applications on boats. Being significantly less expensive than microballoons they are often preferred if easy sanding performance is not of prime importance. They can be mixed with microballoons in any proportion.

    Microfibres

    Microfibres (West 403 404 405) are very fine wood-cellulose fibres commonly used to create structural adhesives for bonding both wood and grp. Because any low viscosity resin system is readily absorbed into a porous surface such as wood, an unfilled adhesive may tend to give a ‘dry joint’. With their absorbent properties, microfibres can retain a significant quantity of adhesive within a joint and limit resin absorption into the surrounding surface, thus ensuring an adequate resin supply for adhesion. Where the strongest bond is required, e.g. timber scarf joints, microfibres should always be used in preference to hollow sphere-types of filler. For bonding parallel to the grain with lower density, lower strength timbers, such as cedar or obeche, a microballoon mix is often adequate, and is of lower density.

    Colloidal Silica

    Colloidal Silica (West 406) is an agent which is used to control the thixotropy or ‘sag’ characteristics of a resin system. By adding colloidal silica powder in varying amounts to a resin mix containing the other filler types mentioned, the handling and flow characteristics can be controlled. Relatively small quantities added to a resin mix containing glass bubbles or microballoons will give non-sag properties and impart easier handling. Colloidal silica is also used with microfibres to produce a mix suitable for use as a high strength, non-sagging structural adhesive, particularly for non-absorbent materials such as grp. The inclusion of colloidal silica has the effect of increasing the hardness of the resulting mix which will create more difficulty when sanding. For this reason colloidal silica is usually added in the minimum quantities to any mix for which sanding is anticipated. In some applications this feature can be used to an advantage, for example to create a hard wearing edge or surface.

    Typical amounts for Adhesive Epoxy Mixes and Filler/Fairing Mixes

     What have syrup, ketchup, mayonnaise and peanut butter got to do with epoxy resin?

    By keeping these four kitchen cupboard favourites in mind, you’ll ensure your thickened epoxy is the right consistency, every time. Thickened epoxy – a mix of resin and hardener with filler added – has a huge range of uses. By varying the amount of filler you use, you can alter the consistency of the epoxy and use it for everything from filling to filleting, on materials from fibreglass to plywood.

    But how do you know which consistency is right for you? And what do you need to bear in mind when you’re thickening your epoxy? Simple: just think of four basic foods you’ve probably got in your kitchen cupboard right now.

    syrup

     

    Syrup refers to unthickened epoxy – without any filler added. It drips off a vertical surface and can be used for coating, wetting out before bonding a joint, and bonding fabrics including fibreglass and graphite.

     

     

    ketchhup

    Ketchup refers to slightly thickened epoxy, with small amount of filler added to the mixed resin and hardener. It will sag down on a vertical surface. And it’s useful for laminating and bonding flat panels with large surface areas, and for injecting into your work using a syringe.

     

     

     

    Mayo

     

    Mayonnaise refers to a thicker epoxy mix that will cling to vertical surfaces, but if you pull it into peaks the peaks will collapse. It’s useful for bonding and filleting.

     

     

     

    PButter

     

    Peanut butter refers to epoxy mixed to a thickened consistency that will cling to vertical surfaces, and if you pull it into peaks the peaks will hold firm. And, it’s ideal for filling gaps, fairing and bonding uneven surfaces – and for creating the perfect fillet joint.

     

     

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  • How To Wear Your Lifejacket

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