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Merci, Monsieur Pitot!

Merci, Monsieur Pitot!

In 1732, an engineer named Henri Pitot got the job of measuring the flow of the Seine, the famous river that bisects the city of Paris. A late bloomer, Pitot seems to have been an unremarkable student until age 19, when he fell in love with geometry after picking up a book on the subject in a shop. Pitot went on to accomplish many feats of engineering in his career, but it's the contraption he devised to measure the speed of water flow that has made his name famous among boaters.

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Trust, But Verify, Part 3: Speedometers

Trust, But Verify, Part 3: Speedometers

When boaters talk speedos, they don't mean the cheeky swimwear (well, not usually). The speedometer enjoys pride of place on a boat's dashboard, and when it goes bad, it's pretty obvious. Finding and fixing the problem can take a little detective work, but it's not difficult.

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What Our Customers Are Saying


Hi there. The beige Bimini Top I ordered was delivered today. I am impressed with the quality. It is definitely not one of those cheap, flimsy ones sold at [big box marine store name removed]. It is A1 -- FIRST CLASS -- like it was described. And KUDOS on the packing by your shipping team. It was quite a task to unwrap and unpack the Bimini Top. Thank you very much! It was well worth the money!

Dave N. of Portland, ME

EXCELLENT! I could not have asked for a nicer bimini. Our dealer wanted more than twice as much. If you are ever in town, stop in... got plenty of stripers to throw on the grill!

Lyle of Florida, USA

Thank you very much for sending me a replacement part. I wanted to let you and your management know that I think very highly of your customer service, which is knowledgeble, courteous, and fair-minded.

John G . of VA

Thank you so much for the great deal on the Medallion gauges. I couldn't believe you had them... especially for under $20 each! Thanks again Skip, I've already told several friends about your great store!

Randy P. of Teaneck, NJ

Never had such prompt service. I ordered my boat parts on Thursday, flew home Friday night, and the package was there when I got home!!

Warren H. of Ohio

A great company for boat parts. A friend recommended, they are a great company with great customer service and can be trusted.

Ron H. of Melrose Park, IL

Right On! Thank you so much for your quick response and for correcting my shipping address. Your company really understands customer service and you saved me a ton of money by catching and fixing my shipping mistake. I will use your company every time in the future and am gladly recommending you to all my boating friends. Thanks again .

Richard M. of Canada

This is the first time I have ever felt even the desire to applaud a seller [on eBay].

Your company has gone above and beyond in helping me with providing me with a great product and service, and when there was a small defect in one marine temperature gauge from the package I got, you guys shipped me out another one 2 day priority shipping. I am taken aback by your generosity. I would have been perfectly satisfied with regular shipping as I know the engine isn’t overheating. Thank you so much for this gesture.

I will look at your guys store from now on for my marine needs if you have the parts I’m looking for.

I hope that your company stays in business for generations and that your business ethics remain the same. You have just earned my business and my referrals should I find anyone who is looking for any products you offer.

Thank you again.

David C. of Washington

Thank you for your excellent service. I'm very pleased with the overall development of my order. Your web site is very comfortable to surf and the quality and prices are unique. You have a new customer in me. Godspeed Skipper !!

Angel V. of Puerto Rico

Just wanted to let you know that the Livorsi gauges I got from you are working perfectly. I was concerned about spending as much as I did on a first order with some one I had never done business with, but you guys are great. Now I got my eye on a bass boat - I'll be back!

David S. of Hillsboro, OR

Thank you for the premium OMC boat propeller. It is exactly what I wanted and the prop shipment arrived very fast. Your service is very good. I give your store and service a very, very high rating.

Gerald F. of Baton Rouge, LA

Thank you GLS for for parts that I needed. Also great & speedy service.

Joseph of New Jersey, USA

I just bought one of your Sea Pro Fishing Rod Rocket Launcher Racks and I'm EXTREMELY happy with the entire transaction! Super Heavy Duty Quality and one of the BEST BARGAINS I have found on the internet! Easily worth 3 times what you could get for one of these. Anyone looking at one of these should grab it before they are gone! It shipped really fast and was well protected. I don't work for Great Lakes Skipper. I am just a really happy customer of theirs. Please post this testimonial for all to see. Thanks again. What a great deal!!!

Paul H. of New Hampshire

Just ordered 3 sets of grab handles for my MX175 Glastron 2008. Perfect match. You're on my favorites list. Great photos too.

David W. of California

100% is not enough.1,000,000% overall satisfaction. Very lucky to find your store!

Odom of Hawaii, USA

I just love the new website! I am not the brightest guy when it comes to computers. But the new Shop By Category list on the side made it so easy for me to find my propeller. On the old site I used the catalog buttons. Now, I can just run my mouse up and down the screen to get what I want. Very cool!!

Tom of Montana

I received the plexiglas windshield in better condition than I expected. Your pictures did not do it justice! And with some minor adjustments this ought to fit my Tidecraft Bass Boat quite nicely. Thanks for the superior service.

David M. of Sonoma, California

Kudos for the above and beyond service on getting my control here on time. It was exactly what I needed, and saved a bundle too!

Jay B. of Tempe, AZ

After ordering and purchasing 10 Gebo portlights to be shipped to Gosport ,UK, would just like to thank you all for your great service, ease of transaction and good email updates via you and ups. The total amount including UK import and taxes came to $2054.. These same portlights purchased in the UK would have cost me $4002 plus shipping ! The portlights are superb quality and totally transform the look of my boat and best of all, no more leaks! Crazy that a product made in the EU can be bought much cheaper from the states?

Andy P.

One of the best online purchases I have ever made! I placed the order online and then called to see if they could speed up the shipping. Jean made arrangements to ship my order by DHL. Would you believe it was shipped on Wednesday and arrived clear of customs by Thursday afternoon? Wow! My husband just loved the seats and now he is getting ready to take me on a romantic dinner cruise with his new seats! Thanks for spicing up our live up here. Happy boating! Nancy

Nancy of British Columbia, CANADA