All of the gear and equipment listed here we use on board Malaya and has stood the test of 10’s of thousands of miles at sea.
All suppliers and manufactures listed provide superior customer service and build products you can rely on.
All Service providers are likewise standouts in their area of expertise.
Blue Water Sailing School-http://www.bwss.com
Blue Water Sailing School is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Offering week long total immersion live-a-board sailing classes from beginner to off-shore. Prices are all inclusive, instructors all have many years of experience both in sailing and teaching.
Scanmar International Inc.-http://selfsteer.com
Monitor Wind Vane, I have now used a Moniter Wind Vane on two boats and over 25,000 miles on all points of sail and in winds up to Force 10+. I find them to be extremely well built and reliable, require little in the way of service and given a well balanced sail plan you can rely on them to hold a course relative to the wind for hours on end.
Garhaurer Marine –http://garhauermarine.com
US Made Sailing Hardware, we use Garhaurer Blocks, Travelers and Davits. As they sell direct to the public their prices are very competative, usually well below the big brand names advertised in the sailing magazines.
Schaefer Marine – http://schaefermarine.com
Running rigging hardware, We have been using Schaefer blocks for our entire sailing career, not once have I had one of their blocks fail. On Malaya we have many original Schaefer blocks that are now approaching 35 years of age and still running strong.
Ideal Windlass – http://schaefermarine.com
On board Malaya we use an Ideal H2 horizontal windlass with 3/8″ chain gypsy or wildcat to starboard and a capstan to port.
CPT Autopilots –http://cptautopilot.com
Inexpensive, simple, powerful, energy efficient , easy to install (2 hours or less) and operate. CPT Autopilots are cockpit mounted, belt driven pilots. No bells and whistles, just turn them on, set your course, engage the belt and go. Both the cockpit mounted course computer and drive unit are sealed to be waterproof. No electronic boxes to mount below decks that need protection from weather and moisture, no remote electronic compass to mount, just one 12 volt power cable to run from the cockpit to a power source.
ATN – http://atninc.com
Spinnaker Socks, Gale Sail (storm jib for roller furling units) Best spinnaker socks we’ve used!
All winches used aboard Malaya are Self-tailing by Lewmar. Parts for all, including those 30+ years old, are readily available though rarely needed. Winches are the only Lewmar product we use and recommend.
VHF radio-M424G with GPS, connected to AIS for instant Digital Selective Calling of AIS targets
AIS-MA500TR stand alone AIS that is connected to VHF and can be connected to chart plotters and radar.
All manufacturers and suppliers who may advertise or provide support to Lessons from an Old Salt in any fashion do so only by invitation from us and only those companies who’s equipment or services we use and recommend get invited. Our criteria; Equipment and Gear Manufacturers-Reliable products, Superior Customer Service. Service Providers-Honest, Knowledgeable, Reliable, Provide good value for service rendered, Good Customer Service.