Saturday, August 21, 2010


So on Friday I headed on over to my local Laser dealer to buy a new vang key to replace the one I broke on Thursday. This little bit of bent metal looks like it should cost about 40 cents, but thanks to the miracles of offshore outsourcing, integrated global supply chain efficiencies, and the huge economies of scale in serving the mass market of millions of Laser sailors around the world ... it was actually $8.20.

This was not a surprise. It's to be expected if you sail Lasers.

In line with the Tillerman Laser Spare Parts Inventory Building and Replenishment Policy (as discussed yesterday) I decided I might as well buy two vang keys. One for the boat; one for the toolbox. Better safe than sorry. Now I have a spare one in case I suffer another vang key breakage one day. You never know. So far I've broken a total of one in 30 years so it could happen again. (If I am still sailing Lasers at age 92.)

Total bill $16.40. Ka-Ching!

Then I spotted a pair of sailing gloves just like my favorite ones that are wearing out. As these are basically the same as gardening gloves that sell in their millions for two bucks a pair, these were a real bargain. Only $5.99.

Total bill $22.39. Ka-Ching!

Oh look, they've got some of those SEA waist-lock hiking pants. I've been meaning to buy some of those to replace my current hiking pants that are falling to bits. Thanks to the high technology Airprene construction, not to mention the Mauser bonded panels, Tatex knee pads, Velcro waist lock with elastic back support, non-flex fiberglass battens... and probably the weak dollar, they were only $189. Still you need to be comfortable when sailing.

Total bill $211.39. Ka-Ching!

Oh, and see what else they have. Some of those cool Zhik PFDs that are totally illegal if the SIs say you have to wear a US Coastguard approved PFD but all the cool kids wear them and it won't catch on the boom like my legal PFD. I have to have one. Thanks to the ultimate coolness of the Zhik brand it's a snip at $119.

Total bill $330.39. Ka-Ching!

Add on sales tax and we are talking over $350. Ka-Ching!

And I only went in for a 40 cent vang key.

But it's good to support your local Laser dealer... I think.


Baydog said...

Geez! That's one week of groceries for us.

Tillerman said...

Or 10 bottles of tequila.

Unknown said...

$189 pants?? I've bought boats for less than that :P

Did you check to see if there is anything else that never broke that you should buy a spare for?

Baydog said...

You obviously like the good stuff, Tillerman.

Emily Titesphinker said...

Girls always go for the guys with the good tequila and the best cut pants.

Joe said...

Tequila? Did some one mention tequila? I'm in. When does the party start? I'll bring a batch of my guacamole and homemade corn chips.

O Docker said...

If you drink enough tequila, you really don't need pants.

Tillerman said...

Tequilas at my place at 5 o'clock (somewhere). Be there or be square. Dress code - no socks, pants optional.

EscapeVelocity said...

At least that's enough not to fit in one of the little bitty lunch-bag-sized paper bags. I hate walking out having spent $80 and carrying a little bitty bag.

Tillerman said...

I did get a little bitty bag but I couldn't fit all of my swag in it.

Baydog said...

You know what Sammy Hagar says, don't you?

Unknown said...

I'm goin' way down south where the big blue agave grow,
Takin' a weekend trip down to Baja, Mexico!
Where you can drink the water, but don't ya eat the ice,
Take your vitamin "T" with salt 'n lemon slice ...
I say,
One shot...Hey! Mas Tequila-
Two shots...Hey! Hey! que veneno-
Three shots...Hey! Arriba! Hey! Hey! Hey!

*****Mas Tequila!******

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