Hawaii bound - any advice greatly appreciated

Discussion in 'West Coast' started by Rohan, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    I will be in Hawaii on vacation from Australia around the end of January 2017. I am taking the opportunity to get some boat bits and pieces shipped to the hotel to take back home with me and save some money in the process. I was wondering whether anyone can recommend a good boat chandelery in Honolulu to visit while I'm there, where the best marinas are and any other advice. Thank you in anticipation.
     
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Have a good time.
    Never been there. Lots of my relatives have gone. The closer to the water the more you pay for things.
    Boat parts. How much do you save by buying in the US.
     
  3. wrvond

    wrvond Member

    257
    Aug 27, 2016
    West Virginia
    1995 Sundancer 270
    Pa'u Hana
    7.4 liter Mercruiser w/Bravo II
    I lived in Hawaii many years ago. It was very common for Aussies to come buy motorcycles there and ship them back home. I always thought it crazy that they were still saving money.
    in any event, enjoy your stay!
     
  4. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    What islands will you be on....?
     
  5. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    Oahu and the Big Island
     
  6. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    Shipping to Australia can often be the killer - and as Mercury dealers in the US will not sell to overseas customers (officially), we are at the mercy of our local dealers selling into a small market so prices are quite inflated. I've found a few work arounds over the years, some parts suppliers in the US who will ship at reasonable rates just using USPS whereas others will only use more expensive parcel services - making it less viable. For example, I buy my anodes from Boat Zincs in the US, and have found that a certain size USPS box can take 5 sets of Bravo 3 anodes, plus 5 sets of trim tab anodes. I can land the lot here for about 60% of retail here - postage included. But send it by parcel service and that's another story altogether.

    Also, because your market is so much larger, there is a larger range of after market and generic products than we get here. We do have a great chancellery here, Whitworths, however they are large enough to dictate price.
     
  7. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    Sorry - tried unsuccessfully to combine my responses into one post...
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  8. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    The problem we face over here is the small market and too many middle men making a buck from us. If you can arrange the transportation at a reasonable price, you could likely land a motorcycle here for less than Aussie retail. Then there are warranty issues that would stop most people from doing that I guess. If we weren't right hand drive here, we would see more car imports from the US too - but our laws on left hand drive mean that if it's under 25 years old, it must be converted to RHD - no exceptions - certainly not in the more populous states.
     
  9. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive
    Sorry again - just how do I get to remove a post when I can stil edit it?
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  10. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Sounds like a business opportunity for some entrepreneur in the US on this site to help you unfortunate SeaRay owner down under. In Canada we are able to ship items to the US side of the boarder and go pick them up if you live close enough to the boarder. If not there is a handling fee that can be the value of the goods if you ship it from US to Canada. Good luck with your parts.
    Try these people I have had good luck with them. Last order came from UK. They have a section you put in your ship to address and it gives you shipping costs.
    http://www.rockauto.com/
    Enjoy your vacation
     
  11. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
  12. Rohan

    Rohan Member

    82
    Jan 23, 2012
    Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, Austra
    2008 Sea Ray 275 Sundancer, NorthStar 657 Chartplotter, 2.6m Zodiac tender 3.3 Mercury O/B
    350 Mag SeaCore Bravo III drive

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