We got the call from Rick, The Boat Exchange driver/hauler out of Lexington, S.C., whom I had become good friends with over the past four days as Eternity was heading home. Heading home as in the boat was manufactured in Marion, S.C., only 75 miles from my home in Summerville. After several calls to the Beneteau plant, I got to know the parts manager, Todd Crawford. Todd knows these boats as if they were his children. He told me everything I wanted to know by looking up some parts based on the hull ID, year and model. He even knew the features of the boat from the factory. I was so surprised to find out that even for a boat almost 20 years old, Beneteau had what I was looking for with regard to replacement parts. Better yet, they were usually in-stock and shipped the same day.

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