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!
SURF-FUR: This is high end warming gear for water-people who adventure in cold and wet environments. There’s no compromises or cost cutting involved in this clothing, it’s simply high quality gear.
Best Coast Divers: I use them and would use them again. If you’re in San Diego and need diving or zincs, give these guys some love.
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 Jamie (on Sailing Totem) to give Tulum a new set of sails (mizzen and main) before we left in 2019. We purchased custom stak-paks and a new custom asymmetric with our logo on it in 2020. Now that we’re out here actually doing it…we LOVE our sails. We can’t recommend Jamie and Zoom Sails highly enough. Want more info? Ask us on our site.
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, management or just a new sparkling website.
River Braun Web Design: Like our new website? The redesign was done by River in May 2020. If you want a quality website, he’s your guy.