Friday, August 24, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
This is the time of the year that I get out on the water and visit many of our fine Southern California harbors and anchorages. To see if anyone actually reads my little blog I'm going to do a little experiment. I'm stowing a case of our popular "Schooner or Later" tee shirts aboard my little sloop and anyone that wants to come up to "Anita" and say something nice about the blog or our store will be given a tee shirt until I run out. I'm not telling where I'm going and my humble little sailboat blends into the boating scene so completely that in any crowded anchorage or marina it will be hard to pick out. From my standpoint, that's a good thing because I'm into these shirts close to $10.00 each and the fewer I give away the more money I'll save. I'm only going to have about 50 shirts. To spread them around I'll only give out one per boat or at the most, 2 per couple or group. Happy tee shirt hunting??? Ernie....... P.S. This offer ends when I'm out of shirts aboard the boat or September 5th, 2012 whichever comes first?
The new windows are now installed on my little sloop. They gave the boat a whole new look. The cabin side was foam core and it took about 20 minutes grinding per window to make the new windows fit properly. A drum sanding disc on a drill motor did the job nicely. A 15 million dollar yacht was down wind from me only about 30 feet away. With a crew member holding the suction end of monster shop vacuum we were able to suck up most the dust and had no complaints from the neighboring skipper. Top photo is Mark Heacox, owner of Mark Plastics. He spent over 2 hours with me showing me how to fit and install the large window. Making the two aft windows sliders was totally worth the extra trouble of adjusting the opening a bit. Mark's phone number is 951-735-7705. Give him a shout if you need some windows. Also pictured is store manager Dave O'Hara looking over our latest treasure. Can you believe it? An original hand operated capstan off the famous clipper ship that is now on display at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Yes, you read it right!! "BALCLUTHA" SCOTLAND... Have a great weekend......Ernie and the crew at Minneys.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Most our crew are expert splicers. If you need custom dock or mooring lines we'll make them up to your specs. Also, please note that last winter we purchased a $400,000.00 line inventory that was destined for a "big box" store that closed. Most of it is yacht braid, sizes to 1" diameter. Various colors, most with eye splices and the anchor lines with spliced in S.S. thimbles. P.S. Mark from "MARK PLASTICS" measured and made patterns for the windows in my Down East 38 on monday. He says he'll deliver them on thursday. Since I'm only sailing in Southern California, the back two windows are going to be "sliders". The 1st mate will love a large opening window right above the stove. Mark's phone # is 951-735-7705. He was very impressed with the quality of the Fuller Brush opening port lights that I have installed. We're dealers for them and have about 2 dozen in stock. With a tiny adjustment they fit nicely into my little sloop. Have a nice day......Ernie
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
No, we didn't hi-jack a truck!!! A couple of guys were the high bidders for $100,000.00 worth of "WICHARD" top quality stainless steel sailboat hardware several years ago. They intended to re-sell it on the internet but never got around to it. They called us a few days ago and after some intense negotiations we secured the entire lot for our little store. We are slowly getting it priced and out on display. We've taken one of the big box store's catalog and reduced the prices by 50 to 70% on practically all items. "WICHARD" is the real deal. It's what the BIG BOYS insist on for America's Cup-Volvo round the world etc. Practically all items have been load tested and are stamped with the "WICHARD" logo. If you want top quality at Chinese knock-off prices, drop by and check out our stock. The half models from the estate sale are now displayed in our stair well If you want the captain's room in your home to look like a yacht club, pick a few of these little beautys up. We've also got about 50 trophies, some dating back to the 30's. You can "trophy up" and not even leave the dock. Most trophys are sterling silver plated, engraved, some have yacht club burgees, about drinking glass size and are selling quickly at $14.00 each......