We have recently purchased a Leopard
42 and are in the process of getting her ready to take to the Caribbean
for three years. While we have encountered some challenges getting her fitted out we have also met some wonderful contractors and support staff. I would have appreciated a good recommendation when we started, so if you will indulge me I would like to pass on some excellent references
so you don't make some of the same mistakes
Our main refit
was done in Sturat, FL which is cheaper than Ft Lauderdale and has all of the required services.
Broker - Anthony Ballinger. Outstanding service
and worked hard on our behalf.
Falvey Yacht Insurance
- Linda Arnold. We put in a claim two weeks after buying
the boat (less than ideal) and they supported us every step of the way. An excellent company.
Brian Stetler - Surveyor
. Honest and thorough and had our interests all the time.
- Cheryl Baker. Will get you electronics
and install them providing service
and honest opinion, a fabulous resource.
. Very helpful and got unique parts
SA Sea Services - Steve Evans. The best and most honest mechanic
I have ever met. Very responsive and his wife will get you the parts
you need. Called us several times to follow up and see how systems were working.
Company - Janelle. Did lots of canvas
work for us and kept coming back until it was done right. A perfectionist and very reasonable.
Seamaid Boat lettering - Pam. Great product at a reasonable price
Hinckley boat yard in Stuart - Barry. Initially told they were expensive and for the service and response they provide, they were a bargain. Sorted out another yards mistake quickly and tested it thoroughly.
Loggerhead Marina in Stuart. Quiet clean and friendly. Great staff and elegant facilities.
Nguyen Boat refinishing - Dan. Repainted the boat and we have received compliments and good reviews
on the job. Returned to touch up a few spots the same day I called. Very happy with the final product.
I hope this may help some of you find the right person for the job without the trial and error of our experience. They really were a silver lining to a sometimes dark and frustrating cloud.