Nova Scotia Boatyards a Bargain?
Its very common for boats in the Maine area to go up to Nova Scotia to have major work done. I don''t have any personal experience in doing this but several friends have had work done up there and were very happy with both the quality of work and price. Typically an end of the season cruise winds up in NS and the work is done over the winter with the boat ready in the spring for a return cruise to New England or an extended cruise throug the Maritime Provinces. Honesty also seems to be a common characteristic amongst the yards up there and they seem to like Americans. Only problem is that it is difficult to get up there to examine the progress of work. Labor rates are about 1/2 of what they are in the States and that usually makes up 75-80% of the bill unless you are adding major equipment. Also tariffs on imported materials tend to be high. So, if you are looking to do some major labor intensive work ie stripping and varnishing, awlgrip or bottom work, NS is probably a good place to have the work done and save a substantial amount of money.