{Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

Ronald B. Frerker rbfrerker at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 10 15:35:35 EDT 2009

So, you folks with diesel engines, do you use the OEM oil filters or go with the NAPA filters?  Especially curious what the Universal folks do.
Torresen wants 18$ for an oil filter and I'm not even sure if it's the correct one.  OTOH, the NAPA will probably run about 5$ with no shipping to STL.
Is the NAPA cheap, or thrifty?
Wild Cheri

> I (used to belong) was associated
> with a yacht club that 
> maintained their launch ( a Tripp launch with a westerbeak
> ) using the all too 
> affordable NAPA auto parts- no slight to NAPA- they make
> fine parts or cars- and 
> most holiday weekends, sunday evenings, the launch was out
> of service...the most 
> frequent cause?  failure of NAPA electrical parts,
> starters, and other auto 
> grade repairs.  What is more expensive than a YC where
> the launch does not 
> run...since the club is located on the shore of a usually
> choppy river with lots 
> of (high speed) motorboat and ferry traffic, strong
> currents and tides, a beach 
> launched dingy and 1/2 mile row just did not suit the
> attitudes- or the physical 
> abilities of most members ad their wives.
> Far as I can tell, they repeat
> history year after 
> year...somehow expecting a different outcome.
> The lesson- as this thread
> suggests- don’t go cheap 
> (different than thrifty) on maintaining a
> sailboat


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