This page is for recommendations of, and links to, suppliers of hard to source chandlery, parts, fixings etc. and recommended suppliers of parts or services, especially those with experience of Achilles type yachts. Also recommendations of more general products likely to be used on an Achilles.
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Chandlery, Fasteners, Materials, Rigging.
Stainless Fasteners, tube, connectors etc.
Hardwood marine ply, Teak, Sapele (West African version of mahogany)
Check prices but generally good value cordage, good range of rigging fittings, discounts for 50 or 100 m lengths and often a good selection of reel ends. Good range of anchor chain including 7mm grade 40 (in my view a good compromise of weight vs strength for an A9m). "Standard" drogues.
Quality splicing including wire to rope (not for me since c2019 as I do my own braid on braid and cable laid ropes).
Recommended by John Lashbrook
"Shoegun" Anti-foul: very good if you follow the instructions, it worked OK but for the price I was not that impressed with early applications as it came off easily, those were done for me quickly by pros on a sea-lift (2 coats in an afternoon and back into the water next morning) with proper preparation, a reasonable gap between coats and time to dry before launch it worked very well, see pics and comments on Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/2mRhoKU, https://flic.kr/p/2mReakk and the pic https://flic.kr/p/2mRiEqa. "Best in Test" on a PBO review (link valid Dec 21,a pdf download is available from that page and is in places easier to read).
Sails & Canvas
Symmetrical full radial Spinnaker, #1 Genoa, Selden Spinnaker pole, Stack pack, sail modifications and repairs.
Heavy Weather Jib & Storm Jib via their e-sails on line outlet, minimal service, measure your own, fairly low tech, fewer options, upgrades etc. but it means these items are significantly cheaper than using Kemp's full service operation.
Snuffers for Symmetrical spinnaker and cruising chute that work well. Spinnaker Launch Bag which I marginally prefer to that which came with the Kemp Spinnaker.
Recommended by: John Lashbrook
Supplied: Dodgers, upholstery - berth cushions and covers. (2017-19)
A very busy small operation with no web site, probably only suitable for locals.
Electronics, charting, software.
Dead cheap @ £15 for almost 600 charts each covering a vary small area in great detail and with brief but excellent notes. Runs on a number of free viewers / charting systems but probably best on Memorymap and integrated with their cheap admiralty charts. Runs on PC, iPad, iMac & Android.
QK-A032-AIS NMEA 2000/0183 Bi-directional Gateway, converts to and from NMEA 2000 and NMEA0183, includes a NMEA0183 - USB connection and broadcasts both NMEA feeds on wifi. Does what it says on the tin.