Hurricane season is a great time to haul out. Here’s a sampling of what’s new at boatyards throughout the Caribbean.
Owners of the boatyard at Puerto Del Rey in Fajardo have re-done their haul out and splash area with reinforced concrete for a smoother operation. In addition, they are in the process of adding new hurricane tie downs. “We have been visited by various superyachts and, as a result, we now have apartments for rent for those who want to stay at the Marina while their boat is in the yard and we have an Executive Concierge service,” says manager, Carolina Corral.
We now have apartments for rent for those who want to stay at the Marina while their boat is in the yard.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
“We have added an extension on our larger dry-dock which now enables us to haul vessels up to 220ft in length and with a metric ton rating of 1200 tons,” says Mary Kral, whose family owns and operates Subbase Drydock, located west of the Charlotte Amalie harbor.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
New docks, the first of which are set to open in November, is the big news at Nanny Cay Hotel, Marina & Boatyard. However, the opening of Budget Marine BVI and Tradewinds Yachting Services in the past year, according to spokesperson Alastair Abrehart, is a boon to yard clients.
Located on Simpson Bay Lagoon, Island Water World Marina & Boatyard has six new lifts capable of holding boats up to 16,000lb. These are perfect for powerboats in the 35-foot range. “The lifts mean better service to our customers,” says Sean Kennelly, managing director. Nearby in Cole Bay, Bobby’s MegaYard now offers customers free high speed Wi-Fi. “We also have a backup generator to supply the yard in the event of power outages,” explains general manager Jeff Howell.
In Falmouth Harbour, Sir Hugh Bailey’s Catamaran Marina & Boatyard has a new addition. “We have just finished assembling a brand new 75-ton travel lift from Ascom in Italy”, says manager Helen Cools-Lartigue. Near St. Johns, there are new services at North Sound Marina’s yard. These include a Budget Marine store, a machine shop and an OnDeck Maritime Training Facility all on-site, according to Marsha Hellier. A 75-ton marine travel lift is new at Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard. “This year, we have expanded the concrete area in the working yard and the designated cradle area in the storage yard, renovated the tenant’s workshop building and increased the number of cradles available for rent to thirty-six,” says Mike Van Rensburg, marina operations manager.
Additionally, new businesses include Lighthouse Yachting, David Walters (mechanical engineering and metal fabrication services), Jesse Gomes (Hull Osmosis treatment and more) and Techniques yacht painting.
Located near Pointe-à-Pitre, Marina Bas du Fort & Shipyard, is focusing on environmental friendliness by earning the Blue Flag label for the second year. “One example is our service dinghy with its non-toxic antifouling bottom paint,” says Ariane Graf, communications and environmental enforcement officer.
There’s a new convenience store in the fuel office at Rodney Bay Marina & Boatyard, according to Shane Macauldy, marketing, sales and events manager.
On the marina side, there’s an integrated solid waste management program, a first for a marina in the Eastern Caribbean.
Hubert Winston, owner of the Dominica Marine Center, has set up a second, even bigger shop, the St. Vincent Marine Center, at the Ottley Hall Shipyard & Marina, located just outside of Kingston. “We will be the center for Mercury Marine, Yanmar Marine, Northern Lights generators and much more. There will be a small chandlery on site providing sales, service and full warranty support for these brands,” says Winston.
Coming in 2017, says Sandra Martin, executive manager at Carriacou Marine, a Port of Entry with Customs & Immigration, located on Tyrrel Bay, “we will have a new travel lift and upgrades to the provisioning store, chandlery, laundry, and the cottage.”
“We also now have a wash-water recycling system, which filters and reuses water by high pressure washer to prevent ocean contamination,”says Susie Grey of Spice Island Marine Services.
In mid-September six new self-contained apartments will be completed at Spice Island Marine Services, in Prickly Bay. “We also now have a wash-water recycling system, which filters and reuses water by high pressure washer to prevent ocean contamination,” says Susie Grey, customer service manager. To the east in St. David’s, Grenada Marine is restructuring its entire yard to add a 330ft dock extension which allows the handling of many jobs without a haul-out. “We have added an engineering building at the top of the yard for the metal shop, systems and mechanical workshops; and have relocated the administrative office, which allowed us to increase the size of the sail loft. The office’s former space is home to Island Water World and a small mini market. In the near future, we’ll add a catchment area for pressure washing, a new yard entrance and 250ft of locker space,” says Tracy St. Louis, purchasing manager and marketing analyst. (Editor’s Note: For full details of Clarke’s Court Bay Marina, see story on page 80.)
Trinidad & Tobago
The latest focus at Peake Yacht Services, in Chaguaramas, is improving Internet access for its customers. “No marina or boatyard anywhere in the Caribbean that I’ve visited has anything near the speed and bandwidth that we now have throughout our entire yard. And, at no charge,” says owner Peter Peake.
There’s been several aesthetic improvements at Curaçao Marine. “We have reinforced our driveway where we have been hauling out bigger and heavier yachts. With our 40-ton and 60-ton custom-made Roodberg trailers we can attend to our regular customers and new larger projects,” notes Nicole van Beusekom, marketing manager. Also new is car rental on site, a cozy ‘fire pit area’ in the Palapa Bar, and K-9 dog, Saily, to protect the upper yard.
“We just added two new mooring buoys so clients can wait for their haul-out or stay for an extra day after launch,’ says Luis ‘Fabian’ Fabiano, yard manager at Bocas Yacht Services, in Bocas del Toro.
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.