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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

President / Owner

Barrett Canfield is the President and Owner/ Founder of South Coast Yachts and has represented the Beneteau brand for over 28 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

Barrett@scyachts.com

Direct:  619-517-4736

The customer experience and teaching the joy of life aboard a boat is what he finds most gratifying.  The
business accomplishment that he is most proud of is the consistent Top Customer Satisfaction scores from Beneteau America for all of North America.

Barrett and his wife Liz have four children who all enjoy life on the water and live and sail in San Diego.

Paul Briant

Sales

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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.

Phone: 619-823-6186
Email: paul@scyachts.com

Paul and his wife worked as captain and crew on large private yachts throughout the Med. and Caribbean and settled in San Diego in the ’90s. Please call or email Paul for help finding your next sailboat or powerboat. You will be pleased with the amount of attention and professional advice that Paul will give you.

Scott Young

Sales

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.

Phone: 760-585-6068

Email: scott@scyachts.com

The neighboring slips were sailing families that exposed Scott to racing and cruising trips to Catalina.

Scott had the bug and enrolled himself in youth sailing classes at the Palos Verdes Yacht Club. After completing his first course he was asked to run the youth sailing program for the next 2 summers. Scott says, “Teaching and organizing races with the kids was the best job ever! It was great to see them progress and have so much fun sailing”.

After that Scott was hired at King Harbor Marine Center working on the yachts and working in the marine supply store. Scott was working, sailing, and racing everyday of the week. He then moved to Maui to explore more sailing adventures and to surf his favorite break, Honolua Bay.

Scott fell in love with his wife Jennifer and loves to share his passion of the sailing lifestyle with his children Ryan, Sarah, and little Ian. Scott’s oldest son Ryan in now a US Marine serving our country and Scott could not be more proud.

I asked Scott what he thinks about Beneteau yachts. “I race aboard the Beneteau First 40 Vitesse with great friends and I love the boat. You can feel the boat accelerate in little puffs and it really flies when the breeze freshens. Beneteau excites me with the constant innovation, the functionality, and they are extremely safe yachts. I am truly impressed with the performance not only on the First series but also the Oceanis and Sense Yachts. I am proud to represent these Yachts and love finding a yacht for a customer that tugs on their heart strings as they do mine.”

Leanne McNally

Sales

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

Email: leanne@scyachts.com

Leanne was born and raised in the Los Angles Area and moved to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene College.  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.

Leanne has been in the marine industry since 1994 and has experience in yacht sales, maintenance and management. She has been boating for over 22 years, raced extensively, cruised up and down the West coast as well as the BVI’s, La Paz, Tahitian Islands, St Maartin and the Bahamas. She joined the CUBAR rally in 2009 and logged over 1100 miles on a Selene Trawler with her husband and crew.  She is enjoying all aspects of yacht sales, especially the life-long friendships she has made along the way.  The Beneteau brand has been in her life since the day she stepped aboard her first boat.  She is knowledgeable regarding Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter as well as Grand Banks, Navigator, Offshore, Nordhavn and notably Selene Ocean Trawlers where she was the brand manager for nine years.

In her free time you can find her on the water aboard her new Beneteau Gran Turismo 40′, Law & Disorder, spending time with her husband (and Captain) Steve or walking Sunset Cliffs with their crazy dog Daisy.  Besides boating she loves golfing, cooking, reading and traveling.

Leanne is best known for her prompt and timely communication, follow up and, most of all, after sale relationships.  She is never more then a phone call away from helping clients and friends alike.  She loves details and enjoys working hard to resolve issues.  This is one reason she has a high percentage of repeat clientele.   Leanne believes that buying or selling a boat should be fun and she is always finding ways to laugh.

Leanne is active in the maritime community, a member of CYBA and helps lead the San Diego Yachting Professionals organization.  Leanne & Steve are active members of the San Diego Yacht Club.

Sean Smith

Sales

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

Email: sean@scyachts.com

He has since sold Jeanneau and now brings his marine industry experience to the team at South Coast Yachts in San Diego.

Experienced in racing sailboats from 20-50 feet, Sean continues to actively race and cruise in Southern California and Mexico. He enjoys helping all clients get the most out of their boats, especially downwind sailing with the addition of Asymmetric Spinnakers.

When he is not on the water Sean enjoys spending time with his wildly energetic nephew and family, traveling and going to ski resorts in the winter.

Sean is known for his ability to listen and follow thorough with the needs of his clientele and is pleased to be contacted day or night to assist with questions or concerns. Whether you prefer sailing, power boating, racing or cruising, with Sean you will be able to share your passion for being on the water.

John Bohne

Sales

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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

Email: john@scyachts.com

Growing up in Northern Michigan, John developed an early lovefor the water and boats. Though the opportunities to get aboard there were rare, those are some of his fondest childhood
memories. After high school, he traveled for 11 years up anddown the East Coast and Puerto Rico racing, fishing, or hanging out aboard boats any chance he got.

In 1997, John made his final stop in San Diego. There he bought a Schock 35 and jumped into the local racing scene. He has since logged hundreds of ocean miles racing and cruising throughout California and Mexico on many different boats, as well as multi- hull racing in Sweden.

John met his wife, Laureen, shortly after arriving in San Diego, and they have two children: a daughter, Jayden, and a son, Rico. They now live in Carlsbad and enjoy time at the beach, and they are spending more time aboard boats now that the kids are  growing older.

John’s nearly 20 years of boating and sales has allowed him to become very familiar with many types of boats. He offers his wealth of knowledge to help clients find the right fit when
purchasing. He strives for fair valuations for sellers and buyers which make deals come together quickly.

Stop by our Newport Beach office to meet John.

Adam Fischer

Sales

Adam grew up sailing from a young age, splitting his time between Southern California waters and the Great Lakes in Canada.  Now residing in Orange County, his passion for the Ocean and being on/in the water continues.  Whether it be sailing or surfing, sharing this passion with his wife and kids and watching their love and appreciation for the Ocean grow is what he lives for.

Email: Adam@scyachts.com

Mobile:  949-973-4812

Barry Wood

Sales

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…

Email: Barryw@scyachts.com

Mobile:  949-500-0853

After a few years as a Long Beach Lifeguard, Barry joined the army and was awarded the Purple Heart in Vietnam.  In the early 1960s, he started his boat selling career with Columbia Yachts and Duncan McIntosh, and Islanders & MacGregors with Eddie Arnold.  Barry also worked at H&S Yachts for 18 years with his beautiful wife Sheila. As project manager for the MacGregor line, he was selling boats faster than they could make them.  Barry and his family have cruised all over the world and especially love their fishing trips to Baja.  Being a licensed Yacht Broker/salesman for more than 50 years, Barry has made many lifelong friends and wonderful relationships with his clients.  Barry wants everyone to know he is very excited to be joining the South Coast Yachts team in Newport Beach.  The feeling is mutual from the Team at South Coast!

Lily Canfield

Office Manager/Marketing

Lily CanfieldLily 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. 

Greg Coleman

Service Director

South Coast Yachts ServiceI 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.

Cindy Wright

Service Writer / Customer Service

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.”

Dea Allen

Sales

driving-mc4-webDea 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.

Phone: 619-708-3287

Email: dea@scyachts.com

She is thrilled to be in the position of selling new Beneteau and pre-enjoyed boats here at South Coast Yachts and says, “This is the most cohesive team completely committed to excellence in customer satisfaction that I’ve ever seen. I’m happy to be a part of it.” Her goal is to make your yacht buying or selling experience a pleasant one and to create a long term relationship, rather than a one time deal.

When not working with clients looking for boats, she enjoys spending time with her grown children and grand children. We are pleased to have her on board here at South Coast Yachts.
Member of the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA)

 

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South Coast Mascot

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Testimonials

803, 2021

Still impressed!

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 [...]

3010, 2019

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 [...]

2608, 2019

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 [...]

2204, 2019

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, [...]

2011, 2018

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 [...]

1310, 2018

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 [...]

1308, 2018

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 [...]

2105, 2018

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 [...]

2203, 2018

Thanks Sean!

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 [...]

1912, 2017

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 [...]

811, 2017

Outstanding Service!

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 [...]

811, 2017

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 [...]

811, 2017

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

811, 2017

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 [...]

811, 2017

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. [...]

811, 2017

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 [...]

910, 2017

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 [...]

905, 2017

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 [...]

2012, 2016

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 [...]

1608, 2016

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. [...]

109, 2015

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 [...]

2807, 2015

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.  [...]

912, 2014

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 [...]

1310, 2014

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 [...]

1010, 2014

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 [...]

2003, 2014

Big Kudos to Bob!

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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 [...]

1507, 2013

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 [...]

3105, 2013

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 [...]

1611, 2012

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 [...]

1611, 2012

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.  [...]

1611, 2012

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 [...]

509, 2008

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 [...]

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