DryArmour

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About DryArmour

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  • Birthday 01/09/1963

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    http://www.dryuv.com/saoct.htm
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    Southern California

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  1. DryArmour

    Annapolis Performance Sailing - OFFICIALLY DEAD

    West Marine San Pedro (Don't bother) then West Marine Hermosa Beach Beach and then West Marine MDR are your options West/North of ABYC. Background- I started Small Craft Advisories in 1987. It morphed into Sailing Pro Shop as we got a lot of call asking what the weather was supposed to be instead of people looking for boats and boat parts. The name change did the trick. By 1990 I had Sailing Pro Shop stores in Long Beach, Marina Del Rey and Hawaii. We added Newport Beach in 1991. Access to the water along with the cost of dry storage was putting the squeeze on the sport in general. An economic downturn in the early 1990s didn't help. By 1995 Every single small boat shop in Southern California had closed but us. We stuck it out until 1999 when we moved back up to Seal Beach (Near Long Beach) and then into some really nice and swanky digs right on the entrance to Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. The rent was reasonable compared to everything else around thanks to some long time personal connections. The economy was improving, the new location worked out very well and the business was doing pretty well. The sport however was still slowly winding down compared to the 1980s. By 2005 I had three kids, an ailing father and the grind of small margins for almost 20 years had gotten to me. It was a really fun business and I got to sail with amazing crews and the fastest boats on the west coast but making the dots connect for the ROI I needed just did not seem like it would happen without some new blood and a healthy cash investment I just didn't have. I started the business with a partner and found out the hard way that the kind of ships that don't float are called "Partner-ships". I didn't want to go through that again. The business was put up for sale and sold quickly in 2006. At the end of the day I got the best business experience anyone could possibly hope for and an education on the way things really work as opposed to how my college professors said it "Should Work". We had a pretty good mix of brands: Laser & Laser II 420s FJs Capri Catalina Yachts Sabots OPTIs Hobie Cat NACRA Prindle MX-Ray F-18 Australia Zodiac Avon Yamaha Mariner MUSTO Henri LLoyd Gill Ronstan Harken Spinlock Garhauer All the top brands of cordage. In theory we had pretty much everything to make the company work when we opened our doors in 1987. But then the market shifted late in 1988. Layline, APS, Defender and others came in along with West Marine and started mail order discounting which we could compete with except that California had/has high sales tax which you didn't have to pay with an out of state vendor. (Those rules are rapidly changing as well). A 10% advantage we just couldn't match and make money. We tried but even with doing fiberglass and gelcoat work and custom installations on smaller boats, there wasn't a lot left at the end of the day as insurance, hourly wages, utilities, workman's comp and all of the other 'incidentals" were eating away at the bottom line. Kyle and APS was a great competitor. They hired good people and generated a catalog that rivaled LAYLINE which Walt had built into the standard back in the day. The margins in the marine industry are small, the inventory turn is slow 1-4X annually if you are lucky. Those metrics just didn't work so again, while I loved the experience and met fantastic people along the way, it is a difficult business to actually make money at. Best of luck to Kyle in whatever his future holds. Looking forward for us, our company (DryUV and DryArmour) are working on a new websites and have added almost 12,000 SKUs over the last 16 years. Embroidery, screen printing and dye sublimation and have recently we added DTG printing as well. A big chunk of our business is now in the entertainment industry (Film and TV) but we still love doing events and teams in the sailing industry and appreciate every order. Hats and Beanies Jackets Fleece Hoodies Polo Shirts Button Down Shirts Cotton and tech tee shirts and much, much more We also have standard as well as custom face masks and gaiters for events, companies and teams.
  2. DryArmour

    2 dope

    Color coded gloves and safe distancing in our FB9 poly/Spandex mask...
  3. DryArmour

    2 dope

    We have an FB1 that is recommended for single use. 50/50 poly/cotton. FB5 (95% cotton/5% Spandex) that is flame resistant for the boys working the factories where an explosion is possible and then the FB9 for hot and or humid weather (92% Poly or Nylon and 8% spandex).
  4. DryArmour

    2 dope

    Oh no. If there is one thing I NEED them to keep that Martini on the menu. It is one of the things I look forward to for Santa Barabara to King Harbor race...
  5. DryArmour

    2 dope

    We already have downfucker available :-).
  6. DryArmour

    2 dope

    A soon as we can go to the Paradise restaurant and get a Cajun martini, I'll be right up ;-). PM me on the swag...
  7. DryArmour

    Facemaks -CDC changes direction

    We have a lot of designs now but the simple one we did today is one of my favorite.
  8. DryArmour

    Might want to get that insurance in place...now

    Yes, there absolutely is and much of it has to do with wind shear in the mid and upper levels...
  9. With just 46 days until the Atlantic and Caribbean/ GOM hurricane season begins, now would be the time to start the process of getting your insurance in place. Most policies take 30 days to kick in. The water in the Gulf of Mexico and the ramp through the Florida Straits are all significantly warmer than normal. (See Atlantic ANOM below). This doesn't mean that the hurricane season will begin earlier than normal or that it will be more intense than normal but the fuel is there if disturbances begin making earlier than normal calls in this region. On a logistical note, If you are being sequestered on one of the islands in the Caribbean and not being allowed to leave, what would be the plan if the tropics get active and your insurance excludes certain latitudes after June 1 (Official Start to Atlantic/Car/GOM Hurricane season? Just trying to think ahead....Thoughts?
  10. DryArmour

    FACEMASKS- CDC changes course-We have options

    Many thanks for all of the orders. The new FB9 mask is super simple and available in several colors.
  11. DryArmour

    Facemaks -CDC changes direction

    Many thanks for all of the orders. Much love to the SA peeps that buy from us. The new FB9 mask is super simple, comfortable and available in several colors.
  12. DryArmour

    Facemaks -CDC changes direction

    Our masks are a very simple face covering. Our Governor, the State Director of the department of public health,. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and most other public officials are simply suggesting a "light weight piece of material" like a bandana, cut up tee shirt or scarf etc. These masks simply try to reduce the amount of sputum or vapor as compared to what wearing no mask would provide for. This is the recommendation from the CDC. Higher grade masks, particularly N95 and N99 should not be purchased by the general public as first preponderates and certified medical personnel should be using them and there are already not enough to go around. CDC statement on C19 and face masks. CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.
  13. DryArmour

    FACEMASKS- CDC changes course-We have options

    I doubt the material in our gaiters or new more simple face masks (Coming out tomorrow) have ever been checked for particulate matter flow. These are very simple face covering. Our Governor, the State Director of the department of public health,. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and most other public officials are simply suggesting a "light weight piece of material" like a bandana, cut up tee shirt or scarf etc. These masks simply try to reduce the amount of sputum or vapor as compared to what wearing no mask would provide for. This is the recommendation from the CDC. Higher grade masks, particularly N95 and N99 should not be purchased by the general public as first preponderates and certified medical personnel should be using them and there are already not enough to go around. CDC statement on C19 and face masks. CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.
  14. DryArmour

    Facemaks -CDC changes direction

    Absolutely correct. They should be washed regularly as you point out in hot water with detergent.
  15. DryArmour

    FACEMASKS- CDC changes course-We have options

    We have a new mask that just finished prototyping and there are already 9500 of that design on order (Ordered by three pretty good size institutions). This one looks more like an N95 but it is NOT an N95 rated mask. Locally, all government agencies are strongly suggesting that people wear masks (City, County and state officials). There "may" be a federal mandate coming to wear masks when out in public.