Advice on ordering sailing hardware internationally?

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Advice on ordering sailing hardware internationally?

Postby ManInBlack on Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:13 pm

We are making great progress with our PocketShip build, and I'm hoping to be mostly done with the hull in the next month or two. Unfortunately, I have not done so well finding a distributor of sailing hardware that will help supply me with the necessary equipment here in Thailand. Mostly they are just not responding to queries for weeks at a time.

So while I'm still talking to the local shops, I'm beginning to explore international options. Thailand gets most of its trade from China, so I'm wondering if anyone here knows of a Chinese supplier that is reputable and makes decent quality equipment. Are any of the reliable name brands manufactured and shipped from China? I sort of fear that what I end up ordering from the USA may end up costing me 2-3x more than ordering directly because of being shipped across the Pacific twice, and possibly paid customs on twice too. (When I first moved here, I once ordered a Viewsonic computer monitor from the USA that had "made in Thailand" stamped on it when it arrived back in Thailand. I felt rather silly.)

If you wouldn't trust the Chinese made equipment brands, do you know of any USA vendors well equipped for international orders?

Any advice our suggestions would be much appreciated. I'm more of a builder than a sailor, so this is quite new for me.

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Re: Advice on ordering sailing hardware internationally?

Postby doug@dougbraun.com on Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:44 am

Are there a lot of yachts in Hong Kong? Where do they get supplies? Maybe you need to find some sailboat owners in your region and ask them what they do...
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Re: Advice on ordering sailing hardware internationally?

Postby Arjen on Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:20 am

I ordered a variety on material in China. Usually it is good.
And if it is not, it is going back. The Chinese will do a lot to keep their reputation so I never had any issues.
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