The epoxy and glass kit I ordered on January 11th from Chuck at Duckworks has mostly arrived. The wood flour, pumps, 1 gal of resin and 1/2 gal of hardener have not been received but I assume they will show up in a separate package as the box I got was full and fairly heavy. (Edited to add that a quick e-mail advised me that this was indeed the case.)
No issues at all with crossing the border. I paid GST & PST and a small ($5.00) handling fee and I was done. Two weeks from order to arrival.
My package of hardware from Duckworks arrived today, January 18th, 2008….11 days after I ordered it. There was no tax payable at the time of delivery. I suspect that I will receive an invoice in the mail in a few days.
I think that was pretty quick delivery coming from the USA.
Last night I sent Chuck at Duckworks another e-mail about ordering epoxy & glass for Ladybug and by early this afternoon we had finalized the deal. Pricewise, ordering from Chuck, with shipping included, was less expensive than ordering from anyplace in Canada that I could find on the web. The epoxy and glass will be coming US Postal Service, the same as the other stuff ordered from Duckworks, so I will report on how hard/easy it was getting everything across the border, through Customs and into my hot little hands. It was no problem shipping epoxy through the mail according to Chuck. My next purchase will be the lumber needed for the bulkheads, stem, gunwales, tiller, mast and spars. That I should be able to get locally but I’ll be honest; I’d prefer to order online but for lumber I really have no excuse not to buy in the city.
On Saturday I sent Chuck Leinweber (DuckworksBBS) an e-mail regarding ordering a Ladybug sail and the necessary hardware to rig the sail, rudder and everything else. Chuck was good enough to go out to his Ladybug, take an inventory and send me a list of everything he was sending and what each part would be used for. Now that’s what I call excellent customer service!