Beneteau – we limited our search to the volume manufacturrers. As the largest sailboat maker in the world they could amortize molds, engineering and overhead over a number of boats and have significant buying power.
South Coast Yachts – the dealer in San Diego. Most boats we have owned have been new and purchased from the factory. I have told every dealer that if the process isn’t fun I don’t want to do it. Paul Briant at South Coast Yachts is incredibly knowledgable about the product, but more importantly is an avid sailor. His help in configuring the boat has been essential.
Iversondesign – Seattle. They provided an incredible dodger and bimini. Pricey, but for such a visible part of the boat their artistic work is essential.
Memo Canvas – San Diego. They provided the cockpit cushions and miscellaneous other covers. An artist that understands compound curves and perfection.
Rigworks – San Diego. They provided the staysail rigging and Forespar 50/50 aluminum/carbon whisker pole.
Ullman Sails – San Diego. They provided the staysail.
Voyager Sails – Portland. They provided the asymmetrical spinnaker.
B&G Electronics – The electronic suite is by B&G. Although I have more experience with Raymarine I love how intuitive the use of their products are. Very helpful with unfamiliar crew. Includes dual Zeus 2 Touch plotters, 3 T41 displays, an autopilot keypad, AIS transponder and VHF.
Onan 7.5kw Generator – a standard in the industry. Plenty of power to run the watermaker, the airconditioner and other power hungry toys.
Switlick MOM – a compact man overboard module works equally well with woman overboard.
Ultra 70 pound anchor – one of those ultra modern, hold in anything anchors only available in stainless steel – a bank buster. Along with 300 feet of 7/16″ chain and 200 feet of road. Will weigh in at almost 800 pounds. Secondary anchor is a Lewmar Delta 53 and the stern anchor a Fortress 18.
Inmarsat isatphone 2 – went with an old brick style phone as it is easy to use and has the cheapest pre paid plan. Intend to use it for emergencies.
EPIRB/GPS ACR – hope to never use it.
Revere 6 man Coastal Liferaft – wish I had popped for the offshore liferaft.
Mercury 5hp and Honda 2.3hp Outboards – depending on the crew, launching the 5hp can be difficult.
Mercury 340 Airfloor dinghy – get the biggest dinghy you can handle. The airfloor is the next best thing to a RIB, but rolls up and stores. I did not want davits. Incredibly convenient and incredibly ugly. We also have a small airfloor dinghy which I carry when singlehanding. Too small to be useful.
Dessalator 60 lpr watermaker – cruising Baja and the Sea of Cortez you will find water is more precious than fuel.
Customlink – shirts and hats. They did a great job in customizing a design and manufactured low volumes at reasonable price.