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Old 22 November 2008, 08:57   #21
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Still reasonably active as a freelancer but this is mainly due to the sail rather than power.

I note that on some courses / trips as Skipper, individuals are buying saioling weekends in the Solent and South Coast for less than 200.

One such recent trip was a weekend cruise and although there were 7 plus me on board, each person had only paid 145 for the whole weekend including fuel, berthing etc...

An interest was recently taken in Sunsails closure of the Largs base - another reflection perhaps of harder times...

Each is trying to their own thing to get money flowing and with harder times, it is certainly a buyers market - far better to make a few quid and keep the work flowing than go for the bigger profit margins that we have arguably, all enjoyed in more fruitful times...
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Old 23 November 2008, 04:32   #22
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Or it could be that owning a boat does not represent good value for money? Marinas are too expensive and pubs and restuarants around the waters edge have a habit of ripping people off.
I, like lot of other boat owners have no interest what so ever in boating in the South of England. When you calculate the purchase, running purchasing all the wet weather gear for the UK's climate along with depriciation , it is cheaper to charter something in the med or warmer climes.
I personal feel that although we are in a deep depresion brought about by the media , people are still spending money having "Fun"
Perhaps the "Fun" has gone out of UK boating?
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Old 25 November 2008, 10:47   #23
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So can everyone ( boaters) help out by not always looking for the absolute cheapest deal on the net & supporting the local chandlers / yards etc ? Or is it a case of everyone for themselves ( until you have to travel 80 miles for part as the local guy is out of business due to the 'downturn'.
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Old 25 November 2008, 10:52   #24
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So can everyone ( boaters) help out by not always looking for the absolute cheapest deal on the net & supporting the local chandlers / yards etc ? Or is it a case of everyone for themselves ( until you have to travel 80 miles for part as the local guy is out of business due to the 'downturn'.
That seems to be the British way with everything we buy
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Old 25 November 2008, 18:03   #25
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So can everyone ( boaters) help out by not always looking for the absolute cheapest deal on the net & supporting the local chandlers / yards etc ? Or is it a case of everyone for themselves ( until you have to travel 80 miles for part as the local guy is out of business due to the 'downturn'.
I've already got to travel 30 miles to the 'local' guy...
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Old 26 November 2008, 04:43   #26
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Nos - I have a solution - move house ! Notonly wil this allow you to be closer to your local boats places , but you can help the economy by throwing money at something else ( apart from boats) that will plummet in value in the next year !

Surely a goer ?
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Nos - I have a solution - move house ! Notonly wil this allow you to be closer to your local boats places , but you can help the economy by throwing money at something else ( apart from boats) that will plummet in value in the next year !

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Are you in government?
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very busy loads of orders including new halmatic builds ,lots of retubes possibly due to downturn in new boat sales due to credit crunch .having to work today instead of going to church .
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... lots of retubes possibly due to downturn in new boat sales due to credit crunch...
We are certainly seeing this, lots of people asking about tube repairs and even a couple of tube replacements (as quoted for by Paul - thanks ) so it does look very much like there are aspects of the marine industry and in particular repair/refit work that remains strong.

People are tightening their belts, but not necessarily selling the trousers.
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very busy loads of orders including new halmatic builds ,lots of retubes possibly due to downturn in new boat sales due to credit crunch .having to work today instead of going to church .
Glad to here i you Heathen Bstd, make sure you keep a slot open for my work. I only need one more corporate signature and we are off to Devon
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