I would NOT recommend a business if they had not given us great service and a fair price. None of these businesses are our sponsors nor do we gear test for them. This list is only based on our own experiences.
Some of these folks are more expensive than others you’ll find out there, but excellence is expensive sometimes.
If you choose to use any of these folks, please tell them that LiveFree2SailFast sent you!
Camp Run-A-Mutt: This has been a home away from the boat for Ms. Quincy while we’ve gone through many of our repairs and upgrades this year. I don’t have experience with other Camp Run-A-Mutt’s, but highly recommend the Chula Vista Location.
The Cruising Sailmaker: We worked with Mr. Jamie Behan (on Sailing Totem) to give Tulum a new set of sails before we left in November of 19. I really appreciated his level of detail when helping us prep and make our sail order. Now that we’re out here actually doing it…we LOVE our sails. I’m in the process of buying another downwind cruising sailboat from Jamie and can’t recommend him highly enough.
Guru Tattoo: One of the best tattoo shops in San Diego and possibly the US. A bitchin tattoo isn’t cheap and neither is Guru, but they’re the best. Make sure to find an artist you get along with AND make sure you love their work. Have Fun.
Blue Sky Energy: Blue Sky Energy and Mr. Ryan Gurin (firstname.lastname@example.org) have been instrumental in re-tuning Tulum’s energy backbone. From the new solar panels to the Wind Generator and the new MPPT controllers, Ryan’s expertise has been instrumental in getting these projects knocked out.
The Yacht Docktor: This is one of those contractors I felt HAD to be on this list, because of their quality service and relationships built over time. Tulum has had four different projects done, with the last one being the most critical as it was crucial to get the engine taken out quickly. As soon as they figured out it was us calling to get a piece of cabin cut so the engine could slide out, we had an appointment quickly. I recommend the Yacht Docktor for custom woodwork as needed.
MEGLA: If it’s metal, these guys can do it! I’m impressed with the “Can Do” attitude…cause any project I’ve proposed they help me actually get off the ground. They’ve come to the boat to do some challenging welding, and continue to help me with projects of any size. Did I mention they take PRIDE in their work- If you want some metal work done, I strongly suggest contacting MR. Seth Eslin at Megla…letting them know that LF2SF sent you-
In-Phase Marine Electronics, LLC: Mr. Dave Basham (619) 665-8203 has been a great help to get some of the more technical systems actually installed and powered on the boat since we decided to add a more complex communications backbone than just radios. I appreciated his knowledge as a cruising sailor.
Brandnu Creations: Mr. Brandon has done wonders for the website and provides ongoing technical support as we attempt to grow and improve. I recommend his website services to anyone who needs site improvement or management.