Where Credit Is Due: December 2013
While repairing a 50-gallon water tank on my 1995 Mason, I broke the Hart Systems Tank Tender penetration tube. Since this is such a small-priced item but does so much to help with monitoring tank contents, I sent an email to Hart Systems (www.hartsystems.com) asking for help in obtaining the very small part. It was shipped to me the same day, overnight. There is no question the labor intensity was far greater than the sale of the item. Thanks to Lisa at Hart Systems for outstanding customer service.
Confetti, Mason 54 Hull 9
British Virgin Islands
The Edson Marine (www.edsonmarine.com) wheel brake knob on my 2005 Catalina 310 would just spin around without locking after the wheel was removed for a project. I emailed Edson a picture, and Ken Martin in customer service explained the problem and offered to weld the rod and knob back together at no charge, if I sent it to them. I just received it back, and it is fixed, works great, and there was no charge to me, not even for the return shipping. This says a lot about a company: quality products and extraordinary service.
Zagloba, Catalina 310
After reading your article about Odeo Laser Flares (PS, September 2013), I ordered one online and received it promptly. However, the laser did not work. I sent an email to the manufacturer in the UK and was contacted the following day by a representative, who promised me an immediate replacement. I was then contacted by Jim O'Meara at North American Laser Flares (www.odeoflares.com), the U.S. distributor. He asked me to return the defective flare, so they could figure out what wasn't working, and he shipped me a new flare that day. It arrived about two days later, working perfectly. It is a great product, from a company with immediate and complete customer service. Impressive.
Alchemy, Catalina Morgan 440
I purchased an Anchorlift windlass model 1200 (www.anchorlift.com) about two years ago. This spring, I discovered that oil was leaking out of the gearbox. I contacted the distributor in Florida and requested seals and gaskets to fix it. Instead, they sent me a brand-new gearbox and motor (no charge). This company really honors its warranty and has great customer support.
Moses Lake, Wash.