Well, you know the drill all too well; you need help and advice and you get so many mixed signals. When you make a decision the service provider never shows or reschedules you because they were overbooked or wanted a vacation day. This is the way it is for most of us shopping the marine industry and trying to get it right for our boats.
I met Brian Coleman of Coleman Marine at the Seattle Boat Show; Brian was recommended by the Raymarine technician so I stopped by to have a discussion with Brian about the upgrades to my Beneteau 411 Sailboat. The boat electronic package was original and my chart plotter no longer functioned so I had some old electronics that I needed to upgrade. After a long discussion with Brian I came to understand that he knew his trade and his long background in boating and electronics showed.
I decided to give Brian a try with a very complicated upgrade on my boat. I decided to go with a new Raymarine touch screen chart plotter, HD radar, a new autopilot head and new AIS transceiver. Now the task was to figuring out how to mount these items and get the chart plotter in a good helm location. With Brian’s help we found a pod for the chart plotter and then Brian assisted me in designing and manufacturing a custom grab rail to go around the pod at the helm station. Brian had the contacts and resources to make this come together seamlessly. On the day of installation Brian was on time to my remote location in Poulsbo and he brought along an assistant to help get the job done in one day. The two of them tackled the installation with insight, intellect and experience. I was amazed how they could run wires in places I would never be able to access. After the end of the day we were up and running and Brian gave me a hands on tutorial of all of my systems. Imagine, radar, chart plotter, autopilot and AIS all in one day while adapting to the existing systems on the boat.
Since the installation I have had no issues, but when I have a question regarding operation of my Raymarine products Brian is a phone call away and is happy and eager to assist in clarifying operation of the systems. So if you are considering any upgrades or getting a new boat I would recommend Brian Coleman for the job, you will not be disappointed.