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A very big thank you to our team of sponsors who have supported us through discounts, technical guidance, and in some cases even free gear to help us sail around the world! We are so grateful to have your continued support! 

We absolutely LOVE Sailrite.

 

Where to begin? Their learning to sew video series made jumping into sewing with zero prior knowledge fun and easy! They also care very deeply about their online community, and consistently add new how-to videos and blog posts for any boat project you can think of.

 

All of their products are consistently high quality, and finding what you need online is so easy with their awesome website.

 

As for the machine itself, The LSZ-1 is like my macbook pro—intuitive, powerful, and glitch-free! I have been able to completely refit our canvas projects and start a little side repair business with this powerful machine!

 

Sailrite is stock full of sincerely helpful, patient, and passionate people. I actually have their contact number on speed dial. I love speaking with their project technicians (many of whom own sailboats), who always make time for even my most silly questions. I’m their biggest fan! 

Scanmar International

We LOVE our Monitor Wind Vane

Like most big purchases on Atticus, we had to put in a lot of hours at work to be able to save up enough to pull the trigger and finally buy our wind vane. 

While we were saving up, we did a couple trips on Atticus without self steering. Though it was doable, it wasn't very pleasant. It made overnight watches so draining and stressful!

When we finally used our Monitor wind vane on an overnight trip from Key West to Sarasota, we were blown away! It's easy, strong, and makes long passages so comfortable and relaxing! 

Suzy is super helpful over the phone and via email. She makes me feel like a long lost friend when we chat. She is incredibly easy to get in touch with. Installation was simple. Scanmar's documentation made it plug and play. 

This was one of our BEST purchasing decisions on Atticus so far! 

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Mantus Atticus

We dragged anchor early in our cruising career in Isla Mujeres, Mexico while going ashore to check into the country. It was a terrifying experience. Fortunately (like most mistakes we've made on Atticus), it ended up being a great opportunity to learn and improve our anchoring strategy. 

Check out our live stream where we talk about "Why We Dragged and What We Learned".

 

One of the biggest mistake we made, and one that we see many new cruisers make, is buying an anchor that is not oversized as our primary anchor. The problem arises because most websites specify sizing guidelines for "recreational" use, rather than "cruising" use. ​If you’re going to live full time at anchor in unfamiliar harbors, ideally you’d have a storm anchor as your primary anchor.

 

We dragged on a 25lb Manson, which, although rated for our sized sailboat, was just too small for all of the unforeseen circumstances that are common in cruising. Manson has since updated their sizing guidelines to include “cruising” size recommendations. And we've learned our lesson as well.

 

For our primary anchor, we need something that we can trust in 40 knot + winds in poorly protected anchorages, in poor holding, AND in situations where the wind direction can change drastically without much warning.

 

By the time we got around to upgrading our anchor, we researched the heck out of our options, and were DYING to get our hands on a Mantus Anchor. Their anchors satisfied all three requirements above AND their company has exceptional customer support with a primary focus on anchoring specifically for CRUISERS. ​

 

We couldn't be happier with our 45 lb Galvanized Steel Mantus Anchor. Since upgrading, we haven't dragged once, and we've been in plenty of anchorages where all of the other boats around us were dragging. Our Mantus is a MONSTER, and simply put, perfect for Atticus. It helps us sleep well, knowing that it can handle winds changing direction, less than ideally protected anchorages, AND poor holding like a champ. We also love our Mantus Bridle and Swivel

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When we dragged anchor onto a beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, we borrowed a friend's Fortress Anchor to kedge Atticus off of the bottom, and it worked in one attempt flawlessly. 

You can hear more about it on our live stream, Why We Dragged and What We Learned. 

So we quickly upgraded to a FX-23

The fortress, with every test that we have seen, has the highest holding power for weight and size than any other anchor.  We believe it's the best option on the market as a lighter weight utility anchor. That’s why it will be a great kedging anchor for unidirectional loads as well as a lightweight secondary anchor that can be deployed in either a med moor, Bahamian moor, or in the event that our primary system fails.

 

We also want to upgrade our dinghy anchor to a FX-7 because it’s lightweight, breaks down easily, and stows well in the dinghy. 

Brian is SUPER passionate and knowledgeable about anchoring and has been infinitely patient and responsive with our questions!

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We're in the sun all day, every day, so we are BIG on sun protection on Atticus. While sailing, spear fishing, free diving, exploring islands via dingy, and doing boat projects, we both rely heavily on our Tilley hats.

 

Before buying our first Tilley hat, we went through a handful of cheap sun hats that never withstood the elements very well. The fit was never perfect, the material and stitching and/or glue was low quality and was never waterproof or rain proof, and it wasn’t long before our cheap hats lost color and shape, or flew overboard in the wind.

 

Jordan finally splurged on a LTM 3 Airflo Tilley hat 4 years ago after accepting a Captain’s position on a charter catamaran in Key West. During that time, we were both slaving away on Atticus in the boatyard in our down time, trying to get Atticus ready for offshore sailing.

 

Jordan wanted a hat that he could use in the boatyard as a workhorse during the refit, but also wear around charter guest when captaining. His first Tilley did the trick, and he has been hooked on Tilley ever since. You can see Jordan’s first Tilley hat in almost every episode from Season 2 and 3, but unfortunately it went overboard while in a stressful situation in Belize (he wasn’t using the straps!) and we couldn’t rescue it (even though all Tilley hats DO float!)

 

Jordan loved that Tilley for many reasons, but mostly because of how durable and it was. At the end of every work day, he soaked his Tilley Hat in fresh water and let it air dry overnight. This kept it looking sharp for 4 years!

 

Jordan has since upgraded to the LTM6 Airflo for sailing and boat work (very wide brimmed hat) and the LTM5 Airflo for social trips ashore (medium brim). The LTM6 Airflo is the ideal for sun coverage, but it’s a little bulky for everyday use ashore. Both hats are breathable, durable, flattering, and great for high wind situations (sailing or in the dingy) because of Tilley’s double strap design.

 

I recently splurged on the Tilley T3 Wanderer, which I like because it has a low profile, a washed-out "vintage" look, I can snap up the sides for style, and I can wrinkle it up and throw it in my bag without worrying about the shape. Before the wanderer, the only hats I ever wore in public were sporty visors because I honestly always felt awkward in "big" hats. Unfortunately, visors just don’t offer enough heat and sun protection, and as a result I was constantly struggling with migraines. The wanderer has been a wonderful starter hat to get me comfortable and confident with larger hats, and my migraines have improved significantly. I’d like to try an LTM 3 Airflow in the future because I love the style and fit of the wanderer, but Jordan's Airflo's feel significantly lighter and more breathable than my wanderer.

 

We couldn’t be more impressed by the faltering style and durability of Tilley Hats! We can't go a day without them-- they make the heat and sunlight bearable in the tropics!

We seek out sponsors who are experts in their field and who have phenomenal products, services, and customer support. We only work with sponsors who we would buy gear and/or services from regardless of sponsorship. We invest a lot of time and energy into researching products before approaching these companies. In exchange for sponsorship, we offer an honest review of services rendered. The companies above are AWESOME and we stand behind them 100%, not because they gave us a discount, but because their products are top notch. We are lucky to work with them!