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Marinas In Focus: Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua

What do rock star Eric Clapton, motorsport personality Eddie Jordan and billionaire businessman Paul Allen have in common? A port visit to the Jolly Harbour Marina. It is here, situated on the sheltered west coast of Antigua, that everyone from …

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Avoiding the Boatyard Blues

Plan, and avoid the boatyard blues

We had hauled our boat at a DIY-friendly boatyard and left her on the hard for a few months to dry out. We returned to prepare the bottom for fall cruising only to find a half-dozen new signs in big, …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Finding the Right Boatyard

Photo by Rosie Burr

Hauling your boat out of the water can be a nerve wracking experience. Finding the right yard for the job is imperative. Some yards have wonderful facilities but not the technical support you require, some have the skilled labor but …

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Profile: Curaçao Marine’s Pierre Verbiesen

  You instantly know that someone likes what they do when their professional and playtime pursuits are very similar. Plus, it’s certainly a vote of confidence if this same person is the owner of the boatyard where you plan to …

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Hurricane Tie-Down Storage at Puerto del Rey Marina

Puerto Del Rey hurricane storage highlighted in yellow

It only takes one hurricane in our vicinity to wreak havoc with our lives. Sustained winds at a hundred knots, mountainous seas, six inches of rain in an hour with an eight-foot storm-surge—combine these with flying debris and you have …

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Curaçao Marine has new 60 ton Roodberg trailer.

The new boat trailer at Curaçao Marine

Curaçao Marine has taken delivery of their new 60 ton Roodberg trailer. The towed trailer will work alongside the existing 40 ton trailer enabling the yard to service large monohulls as well as multihulls. In a press release, Curaçao Marine …

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Top Tips for Selecting a Boatyard

The slings are covered with plastic to protect the bottom but make sure there is nothing trapped between slings and hull before you lift and that the slings are clear of impellers. Photo: GEB/OceanMedia

Hauling your boat onto terra firma can push stress levels off the scale. Here are a few tips to help you cope the next time your boat ‘takes to the air’. As with many things nautical, preparation is the key. …

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There’s a Boat in My Yard!

Surgery on the boot of one of the saildrives; Mark is sewing a little rip – a new skill! Photo by Liesbet Collaert

Boatyard! This unpopular word in the cruisers’ vocabulary evokes thoughts of hard work, uncomfortable living conditions, busy, long days and short, mosquito-rich, nights. It is a reminder of sweaty work-outs and being sore and dirty. It promises extra trips to …

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Profile: Jason Fletcher, Grenada Marine

Jason Fletcher from Grenada Marine

Jason Fletcher has always loved the sea. No wonder it’s become the lifeblood of his livelihood as founder and managing director of Grenada Marine. Born and raised on Grenada, Fletcher’s interest in and love of boating started when, as a …

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You Don’t Know Hinckley

Oxford, Md. The Hinckley yard in Oxford, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, has served boaters for nearly a decade. There’s a marina with seasonal dockage and storage, and a full range of yacht services.

Most boaters know Hinckley as a builder of classically styled, seriously seaworthy, custom motor and sailing yachts. And they aren’t wrong. The 85 year-old Maine company redefined what a jet boat could be with its iconic Picnic Boat, for which …

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Boat Bottom Paint Blister Blues

Applying the second coat of Tough Stuff. Photo by Devi Sharp

We have owned Arctic Tern, an Island Packet 45, since December 2005 and have applied the antifouling paint on the bottom since the first haul out in the summer of 2006. I have always been lucky about getting advice from …

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Women Brighten Up the Place

Women Brighten Up the Place (especially in a boatyard!)

I was dressed in classic boatyard attire: Tyvek white jumpsuit tastefully splattered with blue, gray and red, muddy work boots, an old baseball cap to hold back my hair, goggles and a respirator. When George hesitantly approached me, I recognized …

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Caribbean Boatyard Update 2012

Rodney Bay Marina Boatyard. Courtesy of IGY Marinas

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 …

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A New Boatyard in Bocas del Toro

A bulldozer levels the ground where the Bocas del Toro travel-lift pad will be located. Photo: Ray Jason

Bocas del Toro, Panama, which many sailors consider the Undiscovered Caribbean, is about to become even more alluring, and I’m not referring to the streamlining of their clearing-in process and their affordable, full-year cruising permit. What has many sailors so …

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