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Re: Mexico For Refit?

Get the parts first. If it's not made in Mexico or China, it's expensive here.
Bottom job, fiberglass work, and bimini upholstery will probably be cheaper here, but again, bring the stuff that you need. Trinidad SR bottom paint is very close to $500.00 a gallon, for instance. After you pay shipping and duty from the US, you end up at very close to $500.00 a gallon again.
The carpentry work will certainly be cheaper, especially if you can hire a guy to use your tools.
If you hire somebody, make sure that it's contract work and not employment. The labor laws are different here. If he's an hourly employee, he can sue you for severance pay when he's done and he will win. The law is clear. The worker is well protected. They'll keep your boat until you pay, it happened to a friend of mine.
If you read the history of Mexico you'll understand. This whole country was once a company town.
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