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  1. Don Guillette

    Don Guillette

    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,873 posts, 43 likes
    Other Catalina 30
    US Tucson, AZ
    Congrats to on the completion of 20 years providing a combination service to sailors that doesn't exist anywhere on the web. Their ships store provides quality products at an affordable price and their customer service is beyond what West marine, BoatsUS or any other marine company provides. Then there's the best part of all, which is the FORUM'S, which provided to sailors for free. Additionally, sailors provide the best answers to questions bar none.

    Like Peggy Hall, I became associated with SBO about 20 years ago. I was looking for a company to distribute my products but every response I received was "call us when you've established a sales track record" - how was I supposed to establish a sales track record when no one would carry my products?? Then one day I called Bly Berkin. I expected another NO but SBO was trying to get off the ground and I had a connection with Catalina owners but most importantly Bly & I came from similar backgrounds and we connected and additionally developed the SAIL TRIM FORUM.

    SBO has sold my products to every country in the world except China & Russia -- don't know what it is with those 2 countries. Our business relationship has been unique -- I never personally met Bly & Phil and we never signed a contract -- our relationship was based on a verbal hand shake, which is unique in today's world.

    I hope SBO is successful for another 20 years.

    lurker, Will Gilmore, Dan_Y and 5 others like this.
  2. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    7,757 posts, 1,463 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    well done and well said!

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2017
  3. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    3,090 posts, 275 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Allamuchy Barnegat, NJ
    The SBO store, forums and members have a personality that is unmatched in the internet world, IMHO. I've been a happy member and customer ever since we bought our boat and I went looking for knowledge and advice and products. I don't remember exactly how I found this site, but it certainly grabbed my attention when I did find it!

  4. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,477 posts, 372 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    Well put, Don!.. The folks that help us every day with maintaining the forum and providing a ships store deserve accolades for the outstanding service !

  5. Richard Bryer

    Richard Bryer

    Joined Jun 3, 2004
    844 posts, 22 likes
    Hunter 34
    CA Toronto, Ontario Canada
    I have learned more from this website over the last 14 years than any other site. Well done- makes boat owning easier

  6. smokey73


    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    481 posts, 76 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    I don't remember how I found this site but it has become my "go to" source for about anything to do with my boat, any problems I may have and potential improvements. It has never let me down to date and thanks to all the members who contribute! We may not always agree but the ideas, thoughts, cautions and general knowledge are impressive - a real example of crowd sourcing that works! I don't really know what I'd do without this resource - probably struggle on solutions or spend a lot more $$$ on things than I need to. BZ

    Also - SBO is a resource that simply isn't available elsewhere and a special thanks to Al Fooks who saved my bacon on sourcing some parts that I figured would be nearly impossible to get after Hurricane Matthew did some damage to my boat. You don't get service like that from very many places!

  7. Alansails


    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    514 posts, 46 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    Congrats, you are a great service to everyone-Thank you!

  8. Don Guillette

    Don Guillette

    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,873 posts, 43 likes
    Other Catalina 30
    US Tucson, AZ
    Jackdaw: Thank you. I don't know if you know this but your recent topic is the LARGEST forum lister participation topic EVER over the last 19 to 20 years - I watched it develop and I didn't think it would ever end!!

    Congrats to you and for the great concise sail trim info you provide to the sail trim forum listers.

    Will Gilmore likes this.
  9. gettinthere


    Joined Nov 26, 2008
    1,737 posts, 100 likes
    Endeavour 42
    US Cruisin
    There are numerous other options around the net...but, BY FAR, the signal to noise ratio is significantly lower here. Congratulations to the moderators and all the members who work so well together to keep this place moderate. Best wishes to the SBO family for another great year.

    Scott B likes this.
  10. Bristol35-5sailboat


    Joined Jun 17, 2012
    13 posts, 2 likes
    Bristol 35.5
    US Escanaba
    One of my must read boating sites, and great innovative products. Marilyn

  11. Ctskip


    Joined Sep 21, 2005
    723 posts, 5 likes
    other 12
    US wet water
    Great story. People who do business with a handshake are rare. People who business with a verbal handshake are exceptional people. That is why I have been in the SBO family for what seems like decades. Rare and exceptional is what makes SBO work.

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