The dream of developing a small boutique yet full-service boatyard is one that Trevor Stanislaus, owner and general manager at Carriacou Marine Ltd. (CML), has brought to fruition and in doing so changed the landscape of Tyrrel Bay, for the better, in just three years. It’s a mission Stanislaus feels right at home doing; his parents were born on this 13-square-mile island located north of, and a dependency of, Grenada. It’s also a vision he continues to advance with many yard enhancements planned for the future.
Born in the UK, Stanislaus’ parents sent him to Carriacou on school holidays from his teen years onward and encouraged him to invest in the family’s homeland’s marine industry. He spent this time working as unpaid crew on family-owned cargo vessels that traded between Carriacou, Grenada and Trinidad.
“This was during the golden days of smuggling,” Stanislaus tells. “I experienced all forms of human life – pirates, guardian angels, millionaires, prostitutes, murderers, gangs. Not in that order!”
In 1999, Stanislaus and his brother Earl built the Carriacou Yacht Club in Tyrrel Bay. Here they provided onshore services for cruisers such as a bar and restaurant, accommodations, mini-mart, Internet café, laundry and showers. In 2012, the two brothers acquired the old boatyard in Tyrrel Bay and merged their two businesses to form CML. Since then they have embarked on an aggressive development plan in what is a unique location.
“Carriacou is naturally beautiful, extremely safe, and friendly. The yard is located in a nice local village with low-key but good facilities. We cater to the local fishing fleet as well as cruisers, which always leads to a harmonious atmosphere between the two communities,” Stanislaus says.
He adds, “The anchorage here in Tyrrel Bay is well occupied year round. However, since we established a Customs and Immigration office we have seen that the convenience of clearing in at Tyrrel Bay is attracting more yachts to Carriacou. Cruisers value a safe, peaceful anchorage with good facilities at hand. Our small size, 30 to 35 boats at any one time, means we can offer a very personalized service. We go the extra mile and the relationship usually develops into a long term one, even after they have finished cruising.”
New for 2015, Stanislaus and his team have added a fuel dock, in conjunction with Sol EC Ltd., which provides duty-free gasoline and diesel as well as water and ice. There’s new stern-to berthing for yachts up to 50ft, with dockside electricity and water. The duty-free chandlery on-site has been upgraded and a special order desk as an agent of Island Water World added. There’s a new Customs clearance desk for boat parts ordered by cruisers from international suppliers. Also on-site is a new mechanical engineering office and marine surveyor’s office. CML is now an authorized agent for Yamaha and Mercury outboards for sales, servicing and parts. Lastly, the Iguana Café has been expanded to include a grill and authentic pizza oven.
“We are working on a water project to have unlimited supplies of quality drinking water, which has been a problem in Carriacou for as long as anyone can remember, especially in dry season. This is a priority project,” he says.
In the future, Stanislaus will keep CML moving ahead with a number of impressive projects. These include secure on site storage facilities for customers, certification by the major paint suppliers for the yard’s staff, secure moorings approved by the Grenada Port Authority, upgraded accommodations and shower facilities, and duty-free yacht provisioning.
“We are a local business, employ 100 percent local staff, and in very tough times are giving a boost to the local economy. The support of the cruising community is crucial, so we have to do all we can to meet their needs – hence the improvements,” says Stanislaus.
Stanislaus is by no means all work and no play. Play, of course, means introducing the next generation of his family to the wonders of Carriacou’s amazing marine environment.
“I most enjoy taking the kids by dinghy to Sandy Island and back,” he says.
Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.