Where Credit is Due February 2013 Issue

Where Credit is Due: February 2013

Leafield Marine

Reader Bob Mattaliano and his son, Christopher, aboard their appropriately festive Avon 2.80 inflatable ahead of the Barrington Yacht Club’s Fourth of July dinghy parade in Nantucket Harbor.

This winter, we needed to fix a keel bladder valve on our 25-year-old Avon inflatable dinghy. A Web search revealed it was a Honeywell A8 type and that Honeywell Leafield is now Leafield Marine (www.leafieldmarine.co.uk). A retail source could not be found, but an email to Leafield was answered overnight by Sue Reynolds, letting us know the valve was still available, along with a request for our address since we needed just one. It arrived in the mail from the UK a week later, along with a Merry Christmas wish. Gratis. That is service above and beyond! Thanks Sue! Our next inflatable will definitely be equipped with Leafield valves.

Bob and Sheila Mattaliano

Gryphon IV, Bristol 29.9

Narragansett Bay, R.I.

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