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2017 Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase drydock in St. Thomas
Subbase drydock in St. Thomas

Over 90% of the Caribbean’s one million-plus square miles is water. It’s no wonder that boats, everything from pleasure craft and professional yachts to workboats like barges, ferries and cargo ships, are essential to the region’s way of life. Boatyards, especially those that offer a soup-to-nuts of services, are what keep the craft on the Caribbean’s marine highways up and running. Here is a round-up of what’s new at some of the yards in the region:

IBC Shipyard at Marina Casa de Campo
IBC Shipyard at Marina Casa de Campo

Dominican Republic
The IBC Shipyard at Marina Casa de Campo is now the Caribbean dealer and service agent for Gianneschi-brand pumps and blowers. “We are also building a store on property for spare parts and as of this year we are members of NMMA,” says manager, Giacomo Moriconi. www.ibinautica.net

Puerto Rico
A new, remote-controlled TM 40 transporter for power and sailing vessels up to 40 tons is one new feature at the Marina Puerto del Rey’s boatyard. “It’s the only one of its kind in the Caribbean and first one build with hydraulic ‘arms’,” says chief executive officer Carolina Corral. In addition, there’s four remodeled apartments with full kitchens for clients to stay at while boats are in the yard, and a new building in the middle of the main dock set to open in late August 2017 with a fully-equipped gym, new bathrooms with showers and open lounge area. www.puertodelrey.com

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
There’s an expanded inventory of aluminum and steel diamond tread plate at Subbase Drydock Inc., according to office manager Mary Kral. The new face in the office is Mary’s daughter, Marie Blondeau, who is assuming her mother’s role in managing the 35-year-old second-generation family-owned business. Similarly, Gene (Geno) Kral Jr., as well as Michael Conway, have assumed a good deal of the drydock duties, however Kral Sr. remains active in the business. www.subbasedrydock.com

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Name and ownership changes are new at the St. Croix Marine Center. Formerly St. Croix Marine, the property was purchased in March by Marina Operations, a group of companies led by Marina Management and Consulting N.V. in St. Maarten, which also owns the St. Maarten Shipyard, according to general manager Krisztina Phillips. stcroixmarinecenter.com

Bird’s-eye view of Nanny Cay Marina
Bird’s-eye view of Nanny Cay Marina

British Virgin Islands
The H Lavity Stoutt Community College and Nanny Cay Marina & Boatyard in Tortola have collaborated to offer a new marine certification program, according to Alastair Abrehart, owner of Broadsword Communications and Nanny Cay spokesperson. The first class of eight students graduated from the 15-week Introduction to the Marine Industry course in March. Three additional courses are offered as part of the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance course. These are: Marine Engineering Processes & Principals; Servicing & Maintenance of Marine Engines, and Principals of Marine Electronics. www.nannycay.com

Island Water World, St. Maarten
Island Water World, St. Maarten

St. Maarten
Last year, Island Water World Marina & Boatyard added six new lifts capable of holding boats up to 16,000 pounds, according to Julian Cheasley, service and marina manager. These are ideal for powerboats in the 35-foot range. www.islandwaterworld.com

Jolly Harbour, Antigua
Jolly Harbour, Antigua

Antigua & Barbuda
The long-term storage yard #2 at the Jolly Harbour Marina & Boatyard is now accessible as a working yard from Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm., according to Jo Lucas, general manager for Eastern Caribbean Marina & Boatyard, Ltd. “This makes it easier for customers to arrange for maintenance work during the summer season. With work complete upon arriving back to Antigua, vessels can be launched directly from that yard eliminating the need to be relocated for work to be done. Toilet facilities are also now available in that yard.” A yacht broker is now well-established at Jolly Harbour and Anything Wood Carpentry was recently welcomed to the yard. www.jolly-harbour-marina.com 

Grenada
Grenada Marine is restructuring its yard. “So far, we have added a 330-foot dock extension, which enables us to handle many jobs without hauling a yacht,” says managing director Jason Fletcher. New too is an Engineering Building, housing the metal shop, systems and mechanical workshops. The administrative office, where customers can meet the technical supervisors, project management and back office team, is now in one building, thus allowing for a larger sail loft. New yard manager Dale Selvam is a multilingual New Zealander with 25 years of industry experience. At Clarkes Court Boatyard & Marina, business is booming. “We have been in operation two years now, 95% full the first and 105% the second,” says Arlene Telesford, chief operations manager. www.grenadamarine.com
www.clarkescourtmarina.com

IGY’s Rodney Bay Marina & Boatyard
IGY’s Rodney Bay Marina & Boatyard

St. Lucia
Last year, a convenience store was added in the fuel office at IGY’s Rodney Bay Marina & Boatyard, according to marketing, sales and events manager Shane Macauldy. www.igy-rodneybay.com

Trinidad & Tobago
At IMS (Industrial Marine Services) in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, Jo-Anne Emery says, “We wish to advise that the boatyard has been closed and we no longer provide docking services to vessels.” imsyacht.com

Bocas Yacht Services
Bocas Yacht Services

Panama
There’s a five percent discount on use of the 60-ton Travelift during the month of September at Bocas Yacht Services, in Bocas del Toro. “We offer licensed electrical, mechanic, rigging, canvas, sailmaker, hydraulic, welding, fiberglass, painting services and more,” says manager Luis ‘Fabian’ Fabiano. www.bocasboatyard.com

Curacao Marine
Curacao Marine

Curaçao
Marc Rooijakkers is the new managing director and Gereth Weber the new yard manager at Curacao Marine, which was recently sold. “The dynamic, young and experienced team believes that Curaçao has the potential to further develop into a key destination for sailors and yachtsmen in the Caribbean,” says marketing manager Nicole van Beusekom. Several new features include a strategic partnership with Curaçao Handling & Commerce N.V., the experts on customs & immigration consultation on the island, and new sub-contractor, S.A.F.E., which specializes in safety and fire equipment for on-and off-yacht projects. It is also now possible to rent the company’s professional, enclosed and climate controlled spray cabin at a very competitive price, not only for boats but also for all other large objects. Maintenance projects can be DIY or carried out by a third party. www.curacaomarine.com

 

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.

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