|Posted: October 06 2009 at 09:12 | IP Logged
I have found that engine parts are not specific to Chris Craft (my motor is Mercruiser). I have found that many of the parts on the boat itself are off-the-shelf, readily available components (way to go Chris Craft!). I have friends who have Sea Rays and most non-engine parts are custom and only available through Sea Ray. I have replaced many items on my Catalina (head, faucets, pressure pump, water heater, fuel tank sender, etc) and was able to get them from WestMarine and other retailers as exact matches. I know all the lighting is from Perko so when it comes time to replace the pitted nav lights I will be able to get exact replacements. I also resealed all the cabin windows and was able to get all replacement rubber molding, plastic hardware and window tracks. It took some searching but I found it all and it all fits perfectly.
here are the sites I've used:
Because West Marine will match most competitors prices, I collect catalogs from other online and mail order retailers (ones with store locations but may not be in my area) and have saved a lot of money while getting the parts locally.
Unfortunately, because the parts are "marine" they automatically cost more, but that is for good reason - they are built to last in the marine environment.
Nauti Cat in NY
Formally owned by a
1985 Catalina 280