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Ace Hardware Stores

Elliot's Ace


Stainless hardware, hose clamps
Liquid gloves

6' Aluminum Ruler

Local hardware chain store group. Elliot's is one of the great hardware stores.
Liquid gloves greatly eases cleanup. Use even with vinyl gloves which easily get holes.
Anchor's Aweigh
2035 S. West Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Epoxy, Steering and cables, switches, accessory power outlet Local West System dealer
Marine dealer
Boulter Plywood Okoume plywood
Khaya plywood
Fir plywood
Fast service, good packaging of wood for shipment
Glen-L Marine Design Plans
Roller covers
Underwater hardware, exhaust trumpets
Fiberglass cloth, epoxy
Great service and advice. You do need to check out their web site. Since I built, they have added quite a number of trim and stainless pieces including many that I used.
Kendor Corp.
5721 West Ryan Rd.
Franklin, WI 53132

Attwood flush cleats
Water pickup and valve / seacock
Ski tow ring, guages, circuit breakers. Bronze and stainless hardware. Gas tank, fuel lines, shutoffs and water hose

Local new and surplus marine supply dealer
Surplus Unlimited

Hatch pulls
Gas fill and tank vent

Lots of goodies on the web
Waukesha Industrial Supply End Mills, drill bits, sanding belts and disks Industrial tools and bits. If it is here it is cheaper than the hardware store.  
MLCS Router Bits Good bits, big selection at reasonable prices
Kettle Moraine Hardwoods

5261 Aurora Rd.
Hartford, WI 53027

Ash and white oak lumber for frames

Mahogany for final layer.

Lumber mill Will cater to needs of boat builders (long, wide stock). Must pick up. No mail order

Domestic Lumber, Hardwood flooring, Mahogany to 16'
Large selection of "special" pieces - pretty stuff!

Rockler (Woodworker's Store) Sandpaper, epoxy Local store. Lots of tools, supplies, some epoxy.
Woodcraft Supply Stain, epoxy, fillers, sandpaper Local Woodcraft store stocksfranchisee. Lots of fun tools and supplies
ENCO Machine tools & supplies Lots of tools (mostly far east import) 
MSC Industrial Supply Machine tool & supplies End mills, woodruff key cutter (for prop shaft and rudder shaft)
McMaster Carr Staples I needed T32 staples (thin wire) for outer layer. This was the only place I could find them. Thousands of on-line catalog pages. Next day delivery (at least to Milwaukee).
Farm and Fleet Tools
A local favorite
Home Depot Melamine, Vinyl gloves, solvents Get the Stanley gloves - the current Cheapo vinyl gloves are worthless
Sea and Ski Marine Engine and transmission Good price and helpful. More when the engine arrives. Local dealers were skeptical of selling only a new engine to the "boat building guy", so I am trying mail order.
Midwest Propeller Service Prop

14x16 4 blade OJ
13x15 RH Michigan Wheel Dyna Cupped (now a spare). Best price and quick service.

Boatman's I-net Marine Mufflers and exhaust adapters 4" angled ski boat mufflers and 3.5" to 4" adapters
West Marine Exhaust hose 200 series exhaust hose for engine connection Hatch trim and hinge

Taco Metals parts:
Hatch trim 1.5" x 6' (hatch and transom sides) Taco Metals S114680P61
Half Oval 3/4" wide (6 and 12' lengths) (rub rail) Taco Metals S114510P6 or P12
Hatch Hinge 1.5" x6' Taco Metals H140112P72

These items are now available from Glen-L as well

Homestyle Upholstery
9476 S. 27th St.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Seat upholstery and custom cover They did a great job. There was a lot of pride in their work and they also asked questions along the way as they had to create the covering from scratch with no old pieces to go from. It was very helpful to provide pictures of similar boats.
Midland Plastics Inc.
5405 South Westridge Court
New Berlin, WI 53151
Plastic for windshield and new sea strainer top

Very helpful folks. Regular business hours only though (no nights or weekends).

Will cut to size or you can dig through the scrap bins for bargains.

They also found the proper glue to reassemble the handle of my compound miter saw after it fell off the Workmate (still holding together after 3 years).

Axis Products Hobby Air Respirator 2 part polyurethane finishes require a forced air respirator. The Hobby Air is the only reasonably priced unit on the market
PK Safety Supply
Tyvek "Bunny suits"

Best price I could find without having to order case lots. Quick delivery . Remember to ordre them at least 1 to 2 sizes larger than you would for regular clothes

Waukesha Auto Body Supply Auto body supplies and Imron Scotch 233+ tape, foam sanding blocks, rubbing compounds and finishes. Specialized tools for autobody finishing and repair - many of which are applicable to boat building and finishing.
Blast Graphics Vinyl letters and stencils Custom cut vinyl letters look much better than off the shelf. Custom stencils make for neat painted lettering as well. Will do both computer generated and hand cut work. Huge variety of materials and colors.
Mariner's Hardware Deck Plate Stainless deckplate covers the opening for the wakeboard pylon and reinforces the deck at that point..
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Generally, I try to use local suppliers. I do not know if the local firms will do mail or phone orders. Local, is the Waukesha (Milwaukee), WI area. Of course each stokcs more items than what I listed. The items listed are simply some of the specific itmes that I bought from them.

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