About Us

Standout Yacht Fittings has thousands of thrilled customers around the U.S., and all over the world!

This small company has been producing innovative products for travelers by sea, and even by land in some cases, since 1980.  After spending many hours and days, too many of them damp, soggy or uncomfortable on their own boats, founders Bob and Jo Hamilton began creating custom weather and salt-resistant “comfort solutions” in a multitude of designs and colors.  Pacific Blue, for example, was picked to accent the hull of their racing yacht, Flaunt in the first of these prototype products.

Any sailor knows that “one size fits all” usually doesn’t apply to boats or their equipment.  A professional engineer and unstoppable “idea man”, Bob decided, in many cases, he could do better than original equipment manufacturers.  With the help of the colorful options offered by Sunbrella™ fabric, custom “looks” joined custom sizing in numerous products designed to “dress up” and improve comfort aboard his and his customers’ yachts.

Standout’s first market breakthrough was the “Backsider” lifeline cover, of such superior construction and value that it has been lauded by sailboaters and industry magazine writers all over the globe since its introduction.  Scores of other practical, efficient products have followed as the company has expanded its operations, all the while keeping its focus on “custom solutions for customer comfort and convenience.”

One relatively new product, Standout’s Ice-Saver pad, has joined the Backsider as a worldwide “star seller” due to its phenomenal performance as a cost and energy-efficient addition to coolers and iceboxes of all shapes and sizes.  Like all Standout products, Ice-Savers can be tailored to your exact specifications and shipped directly to you, wherever you are in the world, with cheerful service and outstanding quality and performance every step of the way!

Let us know how YOU use Standout Yacht Fittings products.  We welcome your comments via email, phone or letter.  Here are a few notes you’ve sent our way over the past years:

customer reviews

"Thank you for your wonderful product.  One day in and we're already saving lots of amps. WOW!
Also thanks for your prompt service.  We will definitely be spreading the word."
 Joe B. - Portsmouth, RI

"Enclosed is my check ...for the products you fashioned for my boat, as per my instructions.  The items exceed my expectations!  Thank you for a job very well done."

Norm K.- Myersville MD

"Everything arrived today and looks GREAT!" The products are FIRST CLASS and fit PERFECT. Thank you for helping my old boat...look brand new again."

Gary M. - Waterbury, CT

"I just received the Hatch Screen that I ordered for my forehatch.  It is even better thought out than one of a similar design that I built for my previous boat.

It allows great ventilation and the hatch can still be closed from inside without removing the screen if a damp "buggy" evening is followed by a cool shower.  There is even a storage bag included! ...All in all, a lot of sewing and thoughtful design for the buck."

Olson 34' owner - NW U.S.

"Thanks again for the Backsiders... I look forward to using them.  The old ones wore very well - but after 8 years of heavy use, it is time for a new pair.  Comfort is the key to relaxing, non-stress solo sailing.  In fact, I often get comments such as 'You look so COMFORTABLE!'  Thanks to Standout's Backsiders, I am."

 Jack S.- Annapolis MD

"Thanks for getting the Ice Savers to me so quickly.  We just cruised from Boston to Boothbay, ME., and the Ice Savers worked great!  After 10 days we still had some of the original blocks of ice we had brought!  Everything kept nice and cold!" 

Diane B

"I received the 2 Barient 27- self-tailing winch covers today.  The construction is very high quality and they fit PERFECTLY!  Ck. enclosed."

Gary A.

"Excellent job on the Grab Rail 'Spats' for our Catalina 34'

James S. - Cranford N.J.

About the Backsiders -- "Whether hiking hard on the weather rail or lounging around the cockpit sipping victory champagne, these lifeline cushions are always appreciated by the whole crew.  They take the ouch out of lifelines."

Nicole C., racing skipper -Annapolis, MD

"Thank you for your fast service.  It is a pleasure doing business with people who show trust in their customers.  This is the first time in years that I have received a product without having to either prepay or give a Visa number before a company will ship.  Thanks again - I will be ordering more in the future." 

John M.