If you are not able to get a good reference in your area, or maybe even if you do: walk the docks and look for work
you admire. Leave notes where you find quality work
, often times labels are visible. It is OK if the work is not brand new, as then you can ask the owner how it has worn and performed in various situations. If doing any off-shore sailing, operation in trying conditions can be an important consideration (in big seas with one hand on the boat and only one hand free for adjustment with winds causing more tension than when at dock). Material selection can also be important: gortex or other UV resistant thread, quality stainless for long life attachments, strength and scratch resistance of clear materials, how color selection effects fading. If you are on a production boat, well worth the time to look at others for design and construction ideas, wear points and material ideas.