{Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

michael cotton mpc51335 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 10 17:31:08 EDT 2009

I was in the auto service business for many years. I can not count the number of new NAPA electronic / electrical parts that were defective right out of the box. Hard parts & filters were OK. 
Michael Cotton
S/V Blue Pearl
1990 C&C 37 plus

From: dwight veinot <dwightveinot at hfx.eastlink.ca>
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:07:39 PM
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

I use NAPA Gold filters in my M4-30.  Change the oil once a season, just
before haulout in October.  No problems yet.

Dwight Veinot
1974 C&C 35, Alianna
Head of St. Margaret's Bay, NS

-----Original Message-----
From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
On Behalf Of Ronald B. Frerker
Sent: June 10, 2009 4:36 PM
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

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
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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