About 10 years ago when we did our first boat show, we decided we needed to come up with something as a ‘Boat Show Special’. We came up with the idea of a free spare blade which is worth Approx $110. The problem with the idea was we have now managed to create the impression that you ‘need’ a spare blade 😉 Of course a couple of our competitors may have furthered that thought process in their sales pitches.
Reality is we sell very few replacement blades, except in situations where the customer has hit something and totally destroyed one or more often all of them. The zytel blades are actually stiffer and more durable than a bronze blade and will take quite a beating. The point was supposed to be that IF you damage one, they are easy to replace yourself vs throwing your bronze propeller away or trying to get it rebuilt. The other selling point was the low mass of the blades being able to tolerate minor damage and still function because the propeller is not thrown out of balance.
So, after much discussion, we decided we have to come up with something else before the next boat show! If you filled out a form at Annapolis, take advantage of the free blade now as it likely won’t get repeated!
We are the agents for KiwiProps for North America. We also happen to be the first customers in North America, having cruised around on my cruising cat for over 13 years now and she was launched with KiwiProps. In between we’ve done lots of boat shows, boat deliveries, boat building and just messing around in boats and helped our customers live out their sailing dreams.
One thing I’ve noticed is that our average customer wants to not only buy a propeller to improve the performance of their boat, but also understand the hows and whys of how we do that. Lots of great dialogue over the years and I’d like to start sharing that information with current as well as future customers.
The founder of Kiwiprops is also the engineering brains behind what is easily the simplest an d we believe most elegant solution to what is a relatively complex design problem. Hopefully he will chime in from time to time when we need him, I continue to be impressed with his unwavering focus on his original design objectives and his innovative approach to resolving even minor design issues.
I should also mention that KiwiProps has always believed in the Internet as our primary vehicle to sell Kiwiprops. We’ve been selling over the internet for over 15 years and I believe its high time we started blogging about our experience!