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Rodney Bay Marina Boatyard. Courtesy of IGY Marinas
Rodney Bay Marina Boatyard. Courtesy of IGY Marinas

Caribbean Boatyard Update 2012

Here is the 2013 Caribbean Boatyard Update 

Hurricane season is the prime time to haul boats for routine maintenance and repairs. Yet, during the peak of the Caribbean’s winter yachting season it’s good to know that there are a variety of boatyards throughout the region that can offer a number of state-of-the-art services. Here’s a round-up of ‘What’s New’ at a sampling of ten boatyards throughout the Caribbean.

Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia
A number of new services have been added at this full-service boatyard, says assistant general manager, Edwin Chávez. “These include: sandblasting of keels, osmosis repairs (GelPlane Peeling), water maker services (replacement/installation/maintenance/procurement of parts), restoration and balancing of propellers and most importantly we have expanded our rigging capabilities by bringing new technicians onboard with expertise in inspection, replacement and tuning of standing rigging.” Ask about special limited-time yard discounts. www.igy-rodneybay.com/boatyard

IBC Shipyard, Dominican Republic
Commitment to service is a focal point of our new services, says Fernando Flaquer, general manager of the Marina Casa de Campo-based yard. “Our technical staff has been re-certified on electronic systems and equipment, a new technical engineer with more than ten-years of  global experience specializing in electric and electronic systems in yachts has joined our service center full time, and we’ve set up service agreements with renowned yacht brands such as Azimut, Ferretti and Nayad Marine.” In addition, there’s a new modern meeting room for captains and surveyors, the entry channel has been dredged to a depth of 11ft, and now Jazz concerts on Thursday nights that are drawing a crowd.

Polypat Caraïbes, St. Martin
Located in Sandy Ground, this established yard specializes in many types of repairs. “This year, we are a new application center for Oceoprotec and after-services center for the Caribbean,” says Béatrice Wojick, who owns the facility with husband, Fred. The yard also offers GelPlane, a new system for removing gelcoat and they are the local agent for Flexiteek. www.saintmartinboatyard.com

International Marine Management (IMM), Guadeloupe
Located near to La Marina Bas-du-Fort, IMM has significant experience in the refit industry in Europe and is bringing those same standards of repairs to the Caribbean. In August, IMM launched its new 150ft floating dock quayside in Pointe a Pitre. “This dock is capable of hauling out yachts up to 165ft,” says Norina Edleman, IMM manager. In addition to the floating dock, Edleman adds, “IMM has been developing an installation for refit and repair of larger yachts for the past two years (as a complement to repair services offered in the Marina, which is focused on smaller vessels). IMM has over 1000ft (300m) of quay for alongside berthing and/or afloat repairs, and will soon have five stern-to berths for yachts up to 264ft (80m). IMM’s facilities are located in a secured, ISPS-compliant area.” www.imm-yachting.com

Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua
New boatyard facilities include upgraded dinghy storage with the rack now under cover, well lit and secured with gates, and a new purpose-built well-secured outboard motor rack. New services include customized boat management services, free Wi-Fi service exclusively to customers, and CCTV system that reinforces the security level provided by the group patrol team. In addition, says general manager, Jo Lucas, “We now have a news and offers page on our website.”

You will find information on new services posted in this area as well as details of any discount packages or special offers. During Hurricane Season we will be posting details of any storms that may be in the area.” www.jolly-harbour-marina.com

Grenada Marine, Grenada
Staff in this well-protected St. David’s Harbour yard enjoyed the latest training thanks to an inaugural July Raymarine Workshop. The workshop, led by Grenada Marine’s electrical engineer Herve Pugin, a certified Raymarine technician, covered topics such as an introduction to NMEA 2000, the latest Raymarine units, advice on software updates, and a demonstration of the Raymarine Control App for the iPhone/iPad. New in the yard is work with teak decking systems, application of antifouling paint with an airless spray system, and a finely-tuned project management system to increase customer satisfaction. grenadamarine.com

St. Maarten Shipyard N.V., St. Maarten
New services at this Simpson Bay Lagoon-based yard, which can accommodate yachts up to 250ft, canvas/sail repair, welding/plate replacement, engine rebuilds, hull repair, fiberglass painting/gel coating, propeller/shaft/rudder repair, varnish and clear-coating, custom woodwork, tank cleaning, waste oil extraction, sand/soda blasting, rigging, fiberglass/metal/wood/exotic material fabrication, new construction or hull extension/replacements and mechanical repairs. New facilities, says office manager, Sarah Boekhout, includes “100ft canvas covered paint sheds, storage units and workshops for rent. We also have the world’s fastest self-propelled hydraulic boat lift trailer specializing in haul out of catamarans, and monohulls. The Sealift has a shape conforming air-bunk support that enables us to carry a vessel on air!” www.stmaartenshipyard.com

Nanny Cay Resort, Marina & Boatyard, Tortola, BVI
Husky Towing and Salvage has moved its base to this 25-acre complex providing all kinds of underwater services and salvage, says general manager, Miles Sutherland-Pilch. ”We are expanding our facility to provide more room for summer storage and work. In addition, we now have sand screw tie downs for boats during hurricane season. We have always had the cradles, which are very popular still, but more people are going with the regular stands and sand screws.” www.nannycay.com

Nevis Boatyard, St. Kitts & Nevis
Land has just been cleared in Oualie Bay for this new boatyard development. The yard will primarily be a storage yard for smaller trailerable boats. Owners will continue to offer a mobile service both on Nevis and at sea and repairs and replacement parts can be supplied and fitted. The yard has extensive accounts with all major chandlers.

Peake Yacht Services Ltd., Trinidad & Tobago
English, German, Spanish and soon French, will be spoken here thanks to the linguistic training of a new front desk receptionist. In addition, says owner Peter Peake, “more security cameras have been added and soon customers will be able to look at the yard online.” www.peakeyachts.com

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

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