About South Coast Yachts
Welcome! South Coast Yachts is the Award-winning Beneteau Authorized Dealer for Power in all of Southern California and Arizona, and Sailboats in Orange County, San Diego & Arizona, with offices and show docks in San Diego & Newport Beach. South Coast Yachts provides the top customer satisfaction in the industry for a true on-the-water boating experience. We offer new and previously-owned yachts, commissioning, repair, warranty, preventative maintenance, and instructional and social events. We work hard to find you the best boat for your money and offer the purest integrity while representing you. Throughout the year, we plan fun boating events for our customers, from raft-ups in San Diego Bay to weekend Rendezvous Events at Two Harbors, Catalina Island.
Our Service Department has everything you could possibly need for your Beneteau – if we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you! Greg Coleman, our Service Dept. Manager, is a master technician and can handle any project.
Barrett Canfield is the President and Owner/ Founder of South Coast Yachts and has represented the Beneteau brand for over 20 years. His passion in business is team building with the common focus of working with people who embrace the core value of caring for others.
Barrett Canfield, President
Paul Briant was born on the Caribbean island Grenada and cruised many oceans on his family’s chinese junk as a child. Once you meet him, you will realize that he is one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable sailors alive. “When we have a boat question that we can’t answer, we ask Paul Briant”, said Barrett Canfield, president of South Coast.
Dea has enjoyed being in the recreational marine industry in San Diego since 1987. She brings diverse experience including sales of Island Packet, Tartan and C&C, as well as powerboat experience with Hatteras, Grand Banks and Eastbay.
Scott Young grew up in Manahattan Beach CA, and has been involved in Sailing and Surfing since the 5th grade. His father had a power boat at King Harbor Marina and that is where Scott’s passion for boats began.
Sean grew up boating with his family in Southern California and has always maintained a passion for being on the water. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, a school practically on the water, he joined Ullman Sails to learn the business of sail-making.
Phone: (909) 556-4272
In 1998, John started his sales career with J/Boats representing buyers and sellers in hundreds of transactions both power and sail (performance and cruising, new and used). John prefers to go fast in sparton sailing craft, but he has a great appreciation for creature comforts and powerboats.
Phone: (619) 944-3002
After college “Boating Happened!!!” Leanne fell into a job at Harbor Sailboats where she spent 12 years managing a charter fleet of mostly Beneteau sailboats ranging in size from 22- 50’. Leanne obtained her ASA Bareboat certification and founded the W.O.W. “Women On the Water” program, designed to train in boat handling and instilling confidence in female boaters.
Phone: (619) 972-5153
Barry Wood grew up on the water, starting at the age of 5 sailing Sabots, Skimmers and Lido 14s. He continued through his teen years very active in the sailboat racing community. The Harry Wood Lido Regatta, in which the family is still actively involved, is named for his father, a famous racing sailor and lifeguard. After a few years as a Long Beach Lifeguard…
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Lily was raised in the Beneteau family and was born during the 1997 Boston Boat Show. She grew up working alongside her father at boat shows across the US and has spent her whole life on the water. Lily learned to sail through the Junior Sailing Program at San Diego Yacht Club and continues to have boats at the center of her life. She turned her lifelong dream of working with her dad into reality when she joined the team at South Coast Yachts after graduating from San Diego State University.
I was born and raised in Rhode Island and was always fascinated by the local rich maritime history and the freedom and ability to explore in a boat. After spending time working for Grady White and Beneteau dealers on the east coast, I was fortunate to have an opportunity to join the team at South Coast Yachts in 2015. One of the things that I enjoy about working with Beneteau is to be able to communicate and travel abroad and make friendships throughout the world. In my free time I am enjoying life with my wife and children.
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Cindy is a native San Diegan and has always lived within the sight and scent of the sea. She has a lifetime of boating experience and enjoys swimming, diving, and paddle boarding. She says, “It is a great joy to liaise between our valued customers and the great team at BENETEAU in order to bring a fulfilling boating experience to each our clients.”
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Ronald Floyd recommends South Coast Yachts, San Diego & Newport Beach Beneteau Dealer
Thank you very much for your kind words!! - South Coast Yachts "These are professionals of the highest caliber who live and breathe for their clients…every client becomes family. I couldn’t give them a higher [...]
I highly recommend SCY, Tamara, and the crew at SCY. We are very happy with the Oceanis Yacht 62.
We bought a new 2022 Beneteau 62 Oceanis Yacht that was commissioned in Oct 2021 from SCY thru Tamara and had a great experience. We love the boat. I have built several boats and always [...]
If you are considering buying a boat please look no further. Paul Briant a very professional broker and responsive at anytime you may have a question. My personnel experience till now and still going is [...]
You made being part of the Beneteau family quite special.
Paul, Thank you for helping with the kayaks. We had a safe return home but had high winds against us the whole way. The kayaks rode like champs! We did our last “cocktail” hour on [...]
Paul as our broker, teacher and friend and it continues to be a positive experience for us thanks to the SCY family !!
Hi Barrett and Paul,It’s is unbelievable to me to think where we are as we come up on the anniversary of our yacht purchase!! October 18th was the day last year. After last years Beneteau [...]
No matter who you work with there, whether it’s Barrett, Paul, Sean, Keenan, or the others, there’s a special connection with the customer.
South Coast Yachts does such a wonderful job connecting BENETEAU owners with each other through events like the BENETEAU Cup and Rendezvous. It was only natural we use them to help us find our next [...]
Really helped me find the boat that fit my needs!
I had the best experience with Dea! From early research till the final sale and beyond I never felt pressured and Dea really helped me find the boat that fit my needs! Joe L. M/V [...]
Dea’s excellent support made this entire process as easy as could be
After 10+ years of boat ownership is was time to sell. Luckily we found Dea Allen who knows everything about trawlers. After speaking with her, we asked her to put the cards on the table [...]
Big Congrats and appreciation for our own Caleb McGuinness
Big Congrats and appreciation for our own Caleb McGuinness for being recognized by Beneteau for his dedication to the brand and our customers! (Barrett received the award for Caleb in Ft. Lauderdale).
Thank you Dea for a fantastic job
We had the most pleasant experience selling our boat with DEA’s expertise. Dea handled every aspect of our sale with the utmost professionalism. She made the transaction seem so seamless and free of stress. She [...]
What an incredible experience it has been meeting, and working with, John Bohne.
My husband and I finished the sale of a new Antares 23 earlier today and I wanted to share with you what an incredible experience it has been meeting, and working with, John Bohne. We [...]
We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your skillful, collaborative, honest and thoughtful approach..
Dea, We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your skillful, collaborative, honest and thoughtful approach in working with us on our boat purchase. Right from the very beginning of my contacting you [...]
My experience with Dea and South Coast Yachts was nothing short of excellent!
"Put simply, my experience with Dea and South Coast Yachts was nothing short of excellent! On the buy side, Dea was very patient in listening to not just what I said, but also what I [...]
Bucket list opportunity fulfilled.
To Dea, "When the bucket list opportunity of buying our 1st sailboat presented itself, I was a little hesitant as there was so many things to consider and the whole process seems overwhelming at 1st [...]
The entire South Coast team went above and beyond to make this one of the most incredible experiences in my families lives.
Cooper Patterson recommends South Coast Yachts, San Diego & Newport Beach Beneteau Dealer: "We had the pleasure of working with Scott Young at South Coast and the rest of the team during the sale of [...]
Your commitment to your customers and job is why I am contacting you.
Dea, Your commitment to your customers and job is why I am contacting you. I talked to numerous yacht brokers before meeting you and they were horrible. One would only send me web listings of [...]
I am a happy customer!
Tamara Krimstock with South Coast Yachts is an experienced yacht broker representing quality boats. I was able to find the perfect boat, within my budget. Her ability to work closely with both me, the Buyer, [...]
Thank You Sean Smith
I first met Sean Smith while he was working for Ullman Sails in San Diego. I was immediately impressed with his engaging nature and his attention to detail. Fast forward seven years when I was [...]
Unparalleled support and guidance every step of the way
After looking at several boats through numerous brokers in the greater Los Angeles area I finally opened up my search to San Diego-based boats. Fortunately for me, one boat of interest to me was represented [...]
A Positive Experience
Our experience with Dea Allen was a very positive one. We entrusted her to sell our boat and sell it she did. Although it took some time she showed continued professionalism and expertise thru the [...]
I really enjoyed the help and expertise from South Coast Yachts to purchase my cruising sailboat.
“I really enjoyed the help and expertise from South Coast Yachts to purchase my cruising sailboat. Dea knew exactly what I needed and helped me with all the details from viewing to purchase, to post [...]
Thank you (from a happy seller)!
Dea,I am so grateful for all your help in selling my boat. You have been the perfect balance of a compassionate yet aggressive broker on my behalf. You brought a wonderful offer to me from [...]
Simply put, Dea Allen – Delivers!
Simply put, Dea Allen – Delivers! I had talked with and met several different brokers over a long period of time. I had frankly lost hope that anyone was interested in working hard enough to [...]
After several months of "boat shopping" we found Sean Smith at South Coast Yachts. I was pleasantly surprised by his professionalism and knowledge. He catered to our busy schedule and even took my family out [...]
Thank you South Coast Yachts and Dea!
My experience with South Coast Yachts over the past four years has been amazing! From the first class sales effort by Dea (when I purchased my Grand Turismo 38’ boat), to the welcome by Barrett [...]
South Coast Yachts is incredible! They assisted us in the sale of our Beneteau 473 several months ago and have been assisting us in the purchase of a new boat. The ongoing service that we [...]
Longtime customer of Barrett Canfield
Exceptional and premier customer service is the only way to describe South Coast Yachts. The entire team is honest, caring and sincere in every regard. We have been aquatinted with SCY for 9 years. We [...]
Thanks John Bohne!
I have worked with John Bohne over the past several years and found him to be professional, personable and trustworthy. I have recommended him to friends without hesitation. - Patrick Meegan
Thank you from a repeat customer.
My wife and I have purchased two Beneteau Oceanis series sail boats from South Coast Yachts in the past 5 years. The entire staff is experienced from sales to service and are willing to go [...]
Special Thanks to John Bohne
I have both bought and sold boats through South Coast Yachts, as recently as last week, and find working with them a pleasure. The whole team is as friendly as can be, yet completely professional. [...]
Thank you South Coast Yachts Team.
The South Coast Yachts entire staff is amazing. We bought our boat from them 3 years ago and still continue to get superb customer service. Whenever my husband and I enter the office with hellos [...]
Hunter sailboat owner testimonial!
Our family recently had the pleasure of working with Dea Allen on the purchase of our new boat. From the first phone contact our son had with her all the way through the delivery she [...]
Happy Swift Trawler 44 owner speaks out!
To really get an idea of the service and sales support from South Coast Yachts I have to give you a little of my background first and then tell you my recommendations. I am 55 [...]
Testimonial from Happy Multi-boat Owner
“Dea Allen at South Coast Yachts is the best! Dea has helped me buy and sell three boats over the last 12 years, and I have referred her to at least two friends who have [...]
Testimonial from Island Packet Owner
We were very pleased to have Dea Allen represent us in the marketing and sale of our Island Packet 40. As a Yacht Sales Professional with South Coast Yachts she displayed a broad knowledge of [...]
Testimonial: When we finally found “the boat”, she was there every step of the way to help things proceed smoothly.
I had been looking for a sailboat for 5 or 6 months and had the opportunity to work with Dea to help us find one. She was very knowledgeable and worked hard to find the [...]
Testimonial – Dea Allen, an exemplary yacht sales professional
Dea Allen is an exemplary yacht sales professional. Her attention to detail and outstanding work ethic combined with her understanding of the needs of buyers and sellers is a winning combination. Dea crafted my listing for Maison de [...]
Testimonial – Kudos to Dea
This past August we made the emotional decision to put our 36 foot Sailboat on the market. Our professional mechanic and good friend recommended we contact Dea Allen, a broker with Southern California Yachts. He [...]
Testimonial – Moondance is great!
Sean Moondance is so perfect for what we want to do! We have enjoyed it immensely these past four days!! Three grandkids even spent the night on Saturday and Will and Tracy had a date night. [...]
Testimonial from a Beneteau 37 Owner
“After we sold our previous boat, we immediately set out to find another. Carolyn and I looked at several boats and were deciding between power and sail. After meeting Tamara and Jody Krimstock of South [...]
Testimonial – New Beneteau Sense 50 Owner
Barrett I wanted to take the time to thank you, Paul Briant and the entire staff at South Coast Yachts for the delightful experience in the purchase, commissioning and delivery of my new Sense 50. [...]
Testimonial – Aloha and Mahalo from Hawaii
I first developed a strong interest in Beneteau sailboats when I began looking for a 35-45 foot cruiser that was family friendly but well-designed for sailing efficiently and safely in the challenging seas off the [...]
Another Happy Boat Owner!
This is to the South Coast staff and all prospective customers: If you want to buy a boat in Southern California, look no further than South Coast Yachts! Dea Allen was the broker for my [...]
Testimonial – Welcome to the Beneteau Family
I recently purchased a Beneteau through South Coast Yachts. I had been looking for a sailboat for the last year and spoken to and visited several brokers throughout area. Dea Allen, Paul Briant, and the [...]
Meet Members of the Beneteau Family
The Strebe Family recently purchased their new Oceanis 38 Luna Sea from Beneteau dealer South Coast Yachts, California. Matthew shares his great experience with us: “I had been following the Beneteau Oceanis 38 since it [...]
Beneteau Oceanis 38 Delivery
I’d been following the Beneteau Oceanis 38 since it was announced because I knew when I saw the innovative design that it was the next boat for our family of five, as our faithful 26′ [...]
Testimonial from Happy Catalina Owners – Thanks Jody!
Dear Jody, Jordan and I want to thank you so much for the quick transaction in selling our Catalina 36. We’re sure the advice you gave us about how to prepare our boat was instrumental in [...]
Big Kudos to Bob!
Barrett, Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how impressed I am with Bob! He is an amazing guy and a true professional. His service and customer orientation is second to none [...]
Testimonial from a customer who is not a boat owner…
To the team at South Coast Yachts, I am always so appreciative of being around such a wonderful group of people. Barrett, you, and the others at South Coast yachts have created more than customers [...]
Happy Owners of Gran Turismo 38 “Pied a Mer”
Dear Dea, Patricia and I wanted to make sure that you and everyone at South Coast were aware of the great experience we had in realizing our nautical dream. From our first contact, to taking [...]
Beneteau Love Club
Mike Verdu gushes about his new love — the Oceanis 37 Limited Edition “I love my Beneteau Oceanis 37! The boat sails beautifully in both light and heavy winds and is wonderfully balanced, needing only [...]
Another Happy Beneteau Owner!
Barrett: As you know, I picked up Thalassa last Thursday, late in order to make it up to the Isthmus by mid-Friday afternoon. She was ready to go with so much of my “list” being [...]
Note from another happy Beneteau owner
Paul, Now that we are back home and settled in from our journey up the coast, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your extraordinary help and guidance with the recent purchase [...]
A Note from the owner of a new Beneteau 34
I recently bought my first boat from South Coast Yachts. I was not sure what to expect, but I have to say it was one of the best buying experiences I have ever had. From [...]
Beneteau Oceanis 41 Owner letter
Dear friends, I cannot begin to thank you enough for your kind gift. It was a wonderful, personal, and extremely generous gift. The bed sleeps perfectly and for the first time, I was not in [...]
Testimonial – Beneteau Motor Yacht Owner Letter
Dear Dea, You are such a sweetheart. You made the experience of buying our first powerboat special. I am so happy that it worked out so you could show us Primo. Some things are just [...]
Testimonial – Beneteau 34 Yacht Owner
Dea, I recently bought my first boat from South Coast Yachts. I was not sure what to expect, but I have to say it was one of the best buying experiences I have ever had. [...]
Testimonial – Beneteau First 40 Yacht Owner
Hello Paul, We are loving sailing and cruising on Vitesse in Catalina!!! We have also enjoyed all the complements from sailors, Harbor Patrol & others from O'Side to Twin Harbors @ Cherry Cove, Whites Landing [...]
Testimonial – Beneteau 373 Yacht Owner
Just a note to thank you. I am aware that you have gone way beyond the call of duty on this one and I am so thankful for all you have done. This love of [...]
Testimonial – Beneteau 34 Yacht Owner
Dear Barrett, I’d like to commend you and the entire South Coast Yachts Staff on the positive experience my wife and I received during the purchase process of our 2009 Beneteau 34 “Ralph”. Being a [...]
Testimonial – 04 Beneteau 423
Hi Barrett, We arrived in Ensenada after a brief panic with the chart plotter (which worked fine the rest of the way there!). Saturday was a perfect day to motor down--warm sun and cool breeze--not [...]