Where are the DIY'ers buying their maintenance parts?

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by Little Ducky, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    In my quest to be a DIY'er with LDII where are all the fellow DIY'ers buying their maintenance parts?

    Tonight I was searching for oil filters, fuel filter, and oil and it seems to get boat specific items locally I'm SOL unless I purchase through the marina parts counter ..... So I did some searching online and came across wholesalemarine.com which had good prices.

    Post up if you like some other online sources.

  2. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I've found that 90% of what I need for my boat is available on Amazon for the best price. Oddly, oil is about the only exception I've found. West Marine has the best price on oil around my area (if you use the Merc branded stuff).
  3. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    Amazon, for everything but oil.
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Walmart for oil. Boatzincs.com for anodes. I Google part numbers or descriptions for the best price on most other stuff. Amazon is usually the best, but not all of the time.
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I use dieselpartsdirect, fisheriesupply, Sbmar.com, eBay and amazon but sometimes the parts counter is the best option.
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Amazon for most everything but oil. That (Delo 400 15W40) comes from Costco when they run their sale on the gallon containers.
  7. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Walmart for oil, WholesaleMarine.com or MarineEngineParts.com for most of the other things. If I just have to have it today I will sometimes go to stress marine (West Marine), but their prices seem to be higher on about everything.
  8. cfd95

    cfd95 Member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Northport Long Island
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Horizons
    V Drives
    Some walmarts carry mercruiser oil and fuel filters and mercruiser oil at a better price compared to online vendors.
  9. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I popped into the service department at the marina today and their prices are pretty reasonable for "need it now" maintenance parts ..... so in a pinch they are just a short walk away.

    Nice to know they stock pretty much all the normal tune up parts.

    I'd pay 1.5-2x online pricing to get my butt back out on the water sooner when in need.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
  10. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    I use a local repair shop/marine store off Oneida lake for right now stuff. I’ve found he’s about the same as iboats.com and marineenginerepair.com. Bought quite a few new old stock items on eBay as well. Running a 1994 Mercury 135HP O/B and my previous boat had a Johnson 1978 115HP O/B.
  11. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1980 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    I do my best to use the smaller local shops. I don't mind spending a bit more if they keep it on their shelves or can bring it in for a reasonable price.
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  12. 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
    Rockauto has a marine division they ship fast and quality is good. No oil.
  13. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    I wish I could still find RockAuto's Marine page. I heard they stopped it in 2016. I think Amazon had better shipping prices and were quicker getting the parts to consumers.

    I think I've used most of these sites that you all have listed as the prices here at the local marinas are off the charts. Only if it is something that is keeping me ashore and I want want to go out today do I dare venture into the local stores.
  14. Royal Lichter

    Royal Lichter Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray Sundancer 260
    Single MerCruiser Mag 350 MPI w/ Bravo III
    iBoats is good. So is Amazon (and I can't stand Amazon) for boat stuff. But dealing with iBoats on a return basis is difficult, so be very careful.
  15. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
  16. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    All my good arrived this week from Whole Sale Marine.

    The only concern I raised with them is how they packed the oil and fuel filters. Their packaging material "crumbs" entered the filter packaging and into the filters. I suggested they place filters in zip lock bags to prevent contamination. I'm just going to use a vacuum and clean out the filters before installation.

  17. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Filter update:

    After emailing Wholesale Marine about the concern about contaminated filters from how they were packaged with styrofoam pieces, I just got a package of new replacement filters.

    Thanks Wholesale Marine. :)
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  18. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I have never had anything but great experiences with Wholesale Marine!

  19. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    Try your local auto parts store. As long as you have part numbers they will be able to cross them into their numbers and your not paying marine prices.

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