Making a Friend Leads to a New Partnership!
Lisa and I took a trip to Baltimore to attend Trawlerfest. We had a great time with our friends, but more importantly we made some very important business contacts!
I had a late work meeting, so we got a late start getting underway. It’s about 22 nautical miles to Baltimore Harbor, so we planned on arriving at sunset. We were supposed to meet our friends at the marina but received a call while underway telling us that they had an electrical problem at the marina. For some reason their boat kept tripping the circuit breaker on the dock and they were going to move to a different marina. We would get together tomorrow after everyone was settled in.
We arrived right at sunset and enjoyed seeing the lights twinkling on Baltimore harbor as we secured the boat. Our slip was adjacent to the t-head and we had unobstructed views of Baltimore from our back deck. After cleaning up, we headed into town for dinner and drinks at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant. You have to try their pineapple martini’s!
We were walking back to the boat and passed a gentleman on the dock ramp heading out. I struck up a conversation and invited him back to the boat for drinks and appetizers, and he accepted. We hung out for a couple of hours and he shared with us that he was a professional captain and was here because he had piloted a yacht from Florida. The conversation turned to the SeaClutch boat and RV picture frame holder, and he was very impressed.
He told us that he knew many people in the boating industry who would be interested in purchasing both in bulk and individually for personal use. We showed him the web site, offered him our pricing structure and discussed him becoming a distributor! He said that he couldn’t commit until we had a firm delivery date for the product, but once we had that he was in. We exchanged contact information and promised to stay in touch.
We started the night expecting to prepare for a day of sales tomorrow and ended up making a friend and a potential client. It was a good night!