Tyrell Bay Marina in Carriacou

Editor’s Note: Updated: September 10, 2019

Where there are boats, there are boatyards. Given that the Caribbean islands are surrounded by water, and that everything from power to sail, mini to mega, multi and mono plies these waters for transportation, professions and recreation, it makes sense the region’s yards are some of the best in the world. Here’s a sampling of what’s new at several yards.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. In February, the IBC Shipyard at Marina Casa de Campo in La Romana took delivery of a new 300-ton marine lift capable of hauling vessels up to 165’ LOA and catamarans with a 36’ beam. “This investment allows the arrival of Mega Yachts to the country, attracting a VIP clientele that is currently enjoying the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and St. Barths,” says Giacomo Moriconi, chief executive officer. The new equipment at the same time will allow the necessary maintenance of the local catamarans, thus ensuring a higher level of quality and safety of the product currently sold to tourists.” www.ibinautica.net 

 

Puerto Del Rey

PUERTO RICO. Four ‘deep keel’ holes for sailboats have been added for extra safety in the Hurricane Tie Down area of the yard at Puerto Del Rey, in Fajardo, a move so successful these are sold out until 2021. Additionally, increased demand for repairs and maintenance means the yard has added The Yacht Garage (Seakeeper Authorized Distributor), One Stop Marine, Wally Castro Marine Parts & Service Center and KCO Marine to its list of over 14 on-site contractors. “To keep all of our equipment in extremely good condition, we’ve built a new maintenance shop,” says Carlos Ponce, sales and customer service manager. “Currently, we are working on a concept for a new ‘do-it-yourself’ area for customers who’d like to work on their own boats.” www.puertodelrey.com

 

Boatyard at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. In addition to hurricane pits, monohull owners can now choose to be strapped down to sand screws over newly acquired cradles at the Boatyard at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor. “The Chandlery and shower facilities will be relocated to the new Retail Center building as of December 2019,” says Keith Thomas, general manager. The yard has a 350 metric ton lift able to haul vessels up to 180’ LOA and with a 39’ beam. www.vgyh.vg

 

Boatyard at the Nanny Cay Resort & Marina

The Boatyard at the Nanny Cay Resort & Marina in Tortola, in conjunction with Brownell Boat Stands, has developed a new cradle-style boat stand to support catamaran hulls. The custom-designed stand utilizes a large section of webbing similar to the slings found on a travelift and provides a wider distribution of loads compared to a conventional jack stand. “This new cradle provides a more secure frame to better resist fore/aft as well as side to side loads that could occur during storms,” says Emily Simpson, project manager. These new cradles are available on request. This fall, new high voltage power lines and power and water pedestals will be installed throughout the yard. Nannycay.com/boatyard

 

Bobby’s MegaYard

ST. MAARTEN. Facilities and services are back to normal post 2017 hurricanes at Bobby’s MegaYard in Cole Bay. While its too soon to be specific, general manager Jeff Howell says the yard has “some very exciting developments in the pipeline.” www.bobbysmarina.com

ST. BARTHS. Sad news is that the JBS St. Barth yard will close on December 31, 2019. “We have decided to pursue other challenges,” says Alexandra Harbord. 

 

Jolly Harbour Marina

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA. A new bathroom and shower facility, located at the end of the boardwalk just inside the boatyard, will be complete for the 2019/2020 season at the Jolly Harbour Marina. “This building will house 4 self-contained shower, sink and toilet units,” says Jo Lucas, general manager of Eastern Caribbean Marina & Boatyard Ltd., which owns the marina. This increases the shower facilities to 10 overall, counting the 3 male/3 female units in the commercial center. The new units are gender unspecific and limited to marina and boatyard guests via coded locks. Greater water supply capacity to the docks and boardwalk reconstruction are also new. www.jolly-harbour-marina.com

GUADELOUPE. New developments are on the horizon at IMM (International Marine Management), in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. “However, for now, our capacity remains the same with our 700-ton floating dock capable of hauling vessels up to 180’ LOA and 55’ beam,” says Norina Edelman. “We have the same great service and technical capabilities at our sister company, FKG Marine, in St. Maarten, but not the lifting capacity there.” imm-yachting.com, www.fkgmarine.com

 

Carenantilles

MARTINIQUE. Carenantilles shipyard, with locations in Le Marin and Fort de France, can cater to large yachts. “We now have three locations on the hard and three berths on the dock for superyachts,” says Arthur de Lucy. The yard has 440- and 80-ton lifts as well as several skilled contractors on site. carenantilles.com

 

Rodney Bay Marina

ST. LUCIA. There have been no additions to the Rodney Bay Marina boatyard over the past year. However, the yard does offer a ‘Summer In-sling Special’, which runs until September 30, 2019. “Vessels under 55’ pay the flat rate of US $200 and vessels above 55’ pay US $400; both monohulls and catamarans. These special rates cover the haul-out, the in-sling pressure wash and the vessel’s launch,” says Shane Macauldy, marketing, sales and events manager. www.igy-rodneybay.com 

 

Spice Island Marine Services

GRENADA. Spice Island Marine Services, located in Prickly Bay, continues to reinvest into its people and facilities to keep it a top tier facility. “In the past year, we worked with the YouTube Channel SV Delos in applying an environmentally friendly silicon-based, anti-foul from SeaCoat,” says Susie Grey, office manager. spiceislandmarine.com

 

Clarke’s Court Boatyard & Marina

At the Clarke’s Court Boatyard & Marina, in Woburn, Richard Murphy is the new manager. “We are expanding the footprint of the yard and have increased the number and type of services available at the boatyard and marina,” says Kelly Glass, owner and director. www.clarkescourtmarina.com

 

Peake Yacht Services

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. Sixteen shower and toilet facilities have been totally upgraded at Peake Yacht Services. Another plus for customers is the addition of a staff member fluent in French, Spanish and English, with a smattering of Dutch and German. “Our Courtesy Bus, newly acquired last year, has been kept very busy running our customers to places like the airport, banks, groceries and on other errands,” says Susan Reece, customer services manager. peakeyachts.com

 

Curacao Marine Services

CURACAO. New at Curacao Marine Services, in Willemstad, are, “upgraded Wi-Fi, self-serve washing machines, an updated schedule for the palapa bar (open every Friday from 5:30-11:30 p.m.) and 4 new slips added to the marina,” says managing director, Marc Anthony Rooijakkers. www.curacaomarine.com

 

Varadero Aruba Marina & Boatyard

ARUBA. In the near future, plans are in place to expand haul-out and storage options for small- to medium-sized vessels at Varadero Aruba Marina & Boatyard in Bucutiweg, near Oranjestad. “We do have a renovated restaurant on premises called Fish House Island Bar & Restaurant, and it’s been getting great reviews,” says Jeremy Erasmus. Varadero offers a wide array of services, service and repairs, overhauls, anti-fouling, long-term storage and is also a Cummins Authorized Dealer. www.varaderoaruba.com

 

Shelter Bay Marina Boatyard

PANAMA. Shelter Bay Marina Boatyard, in Colon, located behind the breakwater of the Panama Canal on the Caribbean side, offers long term secure storage space for up to 120 vessels for storm season. “We are out of the Hurricane Zone, have a 100-ton life, 60-ton Hostar boat trailer, 30-ton crane, 100,000-square feet of yard space, an enclosed 5,000-square feet of sheltered space for refits and experienced professional staff,” says Giovanni Gaudiano, marketing manager. shelterbaymarina.com

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