Thursday, April 23

My Future's so Bright

By Michael Argyelan

At the beginning of my professional career as a boat captain I was living on the cheap. It was a ‘steak or spaghetti?’ time in my life. A seven to eight month work year meant watching the pennies come in and the dollars going out. Shelling out the dough for a solid pair of sunglasses was never a priority until I went in for an updated prescription for contacts.

My prescription hadn’t changed for over a decade. Lucky for me they were the same, with one exception; UV damage. The Optometrist asked me what I did for a living. Being my first year of captaining, I was excited to tell her I was a boat captain. My answer prompted a quick, “Oh that makes sense.” She asked me what kind of sunglasses I was wearing. Cheap was my answer.

As you can imagine the Optometrist told me that if I was going to be on the water for hours at a time that I needed proper sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. All I heard was, "If you don’t want to spend a lot of money in the future, spend it now." So I did that very day. It would be a spaghetti kind of week.

I still have that same pair of shades. Well, I have around five pair now but that’s another story. The difference between high quality sunglasses and the generic ones are incomparable. The clarity, protection, and the fact that they've lasted over ten years has guaranteed that I’ll never buy a pair of cheap sunglasses again, ever.

My first pair was mmm hhmm, a well known name brand. They’re great. I’d buy another pair. My second pair was a pair of Kaenon’s. Wow, what a difference. The weight, clarity, and the price were all improvements. Plus they’re pretty cool, so I’m told.

I was introduced to the Kaenon brand four years ago when I started managing the Ship’s Store at Crowley’s and what a great find it has been. I’ve never sold a pair of Kaenon’s to anyone that hasn't come back to tell me how much they appreciate me pushing them over the edge to spend the extra few bucks over what they paid for their cheapies. Quality and styling aren't the only reasons to appreciate the Kaenon brand, their service and guarantee is phenomenal.

One customer had a pair of lenses delaminate. We called Kaenon, sent them in, and a few days later the customer had brand new lenses. Boom, done, no questions asked. That’s service.

Here at the Ship’s Store, we have seventy pair of Kaenon’s in stock. Over a dozen styles with different frame and lens combinations. We’d like to share our passion for the brand and offer you a deep discount on any frame of your choice. Here’s the kicker, the discount is lower than we can advertise it anywhere. Let’s just say you’ll never find a lower price. If you do, we will beat it.

If you want more tech info or do some pre shopping online, check out Please email me at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, April 8

It's About Time

By Michael Argyelan

For you sailboat racers, there’s a new kid on the block, 
the new Gill Regatta Race Timer. 

“Featuring the largest and clearest display on the market today, the new Gill Regatta Race Timer is all about precision race starts.  At 26.5mm, the digital display is easy to read at a glance in any conditions. Key features include countdown timer with easy synchronize function, loud audible alerts and key lock function to prevent accidental input.
The case is constricted using a carbon reinforced ABS plastic with a stainless steel back.  Protected by a tough acrylic face and water resistant to 50m, the regatta race timer is extremely durable. It comes standard with the option to attach directly to the boat using its existing quick-release bracket, strap to the mast or boom, or simply wear it on your wrist.”

  • Water resistant to 30m
  • Countdown timer with synchro
  • Key lock function
  • Shock and impact resistant construction
  • Electro luminescent backlight
  • Time, date and day
  • Alarm function
  • Audible alarm and alert sounds
  • Sleep mode to preserve battery life
  • Carbon reinforced ABS plastic construction with a stainless steel case back
  • Flexible, hard-wearing TPU strap

“Available in Yellow and Black colors, this is a great quality timer that no racer should be without, and is competitively priced at $99.95.”
The timers are in stock here at Crowley’s Ship’s Store. Come on down and check ‘em out. If you know what Beastie Boys song the title is inspired by, you’ll get 15% off one of these suckers. Dig it.

Product info provided by Gill.