If you’re lucky these older deals are still on.
Andersen stainless steel winches
Haul on those lines like a Viking
Andersen is a Danish winch company. If Vikings used winches, I bet this is probably what they used.
Andersen self-tailing winches, electric winches, and electric conversion kits are on sale at a few retailers right now. But APS has the best prices that I can find. Look for the little red ON SALE! sticker.
Shipping: free for orders over $50
Standard Horizon Explorer GX1600 VHF marine radio
Shallow with profound features
Fixed mount VHF radios are deep. Not deep as in providing insight into why we sail, but deep as in they take up space in our boats. The Standard Horizon GX1600 fixes that. It’s only 3.5 inches deep but has the same features as a full-depth radio.
You get a VHF 25W transceiver with weather channels, a big backlit display, DSC receiving and optional transmitting, microphone with distress and channel selection buttons, and waterproof. It has sockets for 12V and the antenna. There are more sockets for an optional remote mic and GPS receiver. It includes mounting brackets and you can flush-mount it. Black or white. 3 year warranty.
Regular price: $250-300
Shipping: free for orders over $69
Interlux VC 17m Extra antifouling, 1 quart
Light antifouling for salt and fresh water
This is the stuff I use on my O’Day Mariner on Lake St-Louis. It comes in three colors. My fave is the shiny copper, which looks sharp next to the green topsides.
The worst that Lake St-Louis throws at a bottom is zebra mussels and slime. I keep my Mariner on a trailer for 5 months/year, so even if I didn’t use antifouling neither would have a chance to foul anyway.
Still, I have my reasons to use VC 17m Extra:
- Antifouling convenience. I almost forget what zebra mussels look (or taste) like. At haulout there’s just a thin layer of slime to scrub off. I use a long-handled brush meant for wood decks that I got from an orange big box store.
- UV protection. I covered my Mariner with Interlux Interprotect 2000E barrier coat, which is epoxy. Like all epoxies, Interprotect 2000E degrades in the sun. VC 17M Extra keeps the sun off from my sensitive bottom.
For a 19-foot boat, two quarts is just enough for two coats. I go from dirty bottom on the trailer to protected bottom in the water in less than 3 hours, and that includes washing the bottom and drying time. Yeah, a lot of that thas to do with the Mariner just being a small boat. But VC 17m is easy to work with. Just stir in the copper powder and roll. Its watery consistency means a little bit covers a lot of area.
Interlux calls it a hard antifouling, but it wears out visibly after a couple of seasons. I reapply every 2-3 seasons.
Interlux has full details for VC 17m Extra, including a handy paint calculator.
Wholesale Marine has the lowest price for a quart. Use the Interlux Mail-In Rebate for an extra $5 off.
Shipping: Free for orders over $99
Interlux Micron 66 antifouling, 1 gallon
Hardcore antifouling for salt and brackish water
Until they come up with the marine version of the mosquito laser, this is what Interlux offers. It’s their toughest ablative antifouling. For salt and brackish water.
Interlux has full details for Micron 66, including a handy paint calculator.
Jamestown Distributors has the lowest price for a gallon of Micron 66 right now. Use the Interlux Mail-In Rebate for an extra $20 off/gallon.
Shipping: Free for orders over $50
Interlux 2019 Spring Mail-In Rebate Program
Rebates on antifouling paint and wood finishes
We made it to spring, aka bottom paint/varnish season. Is your heart warming with the melting ice and blooming flowers? Is that a tear in your eye or irritation from pollen and volatile organic compounds?
Save $5-$20 on a can of Interlux antifouling paint or wood finish. Buy an eligible can of antifouling or wood finish at your fave retailer before May 31, 2019, keep your receipt, then fill out a rebate form from Interlux.
I’m a happy Interlux customer. For my O’Day Mariner a few years ago I was shopping for a barrier coating and antifouling. Choosing these things is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book only more expensive and you can’t flip back to page 1 if you screw up. I emailed and called Interlux a bunch of times. The support staff asked me about my location, my boat, what I use it for, the weather I sail in, and a bunch of other criteria. They gave me plenty of pros, cons, and tips for each product.
They’re excellent products, easy to use, with clear instructions. I’m still happy with the results five years later. My bottom is blister free and shiny. The boat looks good too. (C’mon, you saw that coming.)
Sale on Lewmar gear
Discounts on anchors to windlasses
Big discounts, up to 40%, on practically everything Lewmar makes for sailboats. That includes anchors, deck hardware, hatches, portlights, rigging hardware, spare parts, steering systems, winches, and windlasses.
Shipping: free for orders over $99
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