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Mexico For Refit?

My boat was damaged in Hurricane Dolly a few years ago. She needs a new bimini, some fiberglass work, a bottom job, teak work, rewiring of the mast, stancheons, solar panels, wow. I hate to think of it all. she is located in Port Isabel. I am thinking, if I could get her to Mexico, maybe the prices would be more reasonable. Any ideas?
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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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Do you have any suggestions for best boat yards or towns to try?
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Re: Mexico For Refit?

I have a buddy who is constantly telling me to take the boat to Antiqua for any major refit work. He says they are skilled and very inexpensive. I could get a specific yard recommendation.

I'm sure there is a master plan that includes him sailing her down there.
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I have a buddy who is constantly telling me to take the boat to Antiqua for any major refit work. He says they are skilled and very inexpensive. I could get a specific yard recommendation.

I'm sure there is a master plan that includes him sailing her down there.
Trinidad is cheaper and better served than Antigua. I recently had my boat Awlgripped, quotes in Antigua were 10k to 12k US Trin was 4k US. I am happy with the job that was done. You can get almost anything boaty done there evan having a boat built to your spec. CLICKY
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Re: Mexico For Refit?

I try to support the local economy. You might be saving a few bucks if you go somewhere else but when you add up all the extra expenses and factor in the risks, is it really worth it?
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I try to support the local economy. You might be saving a few bucks if you go somewhere else but when you add up all the extra expenses and factor in the risks, is it really worth it?
This is a very good point, unless you really want to make a trip out of it.
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Re: Mexico For Refit?

What a great story about Ti Kanot!

I have been told $50,000 is a good ball park to put my boat back into shape if I have it done by "those in the know". That would include new stancheons around, repair of fiberglass near the deck plate, a hard top bimini, new teak trim roughly 4 inches by 20, new solar panels, maybe a new bottom job. With all of that done, the boat is worth about $100, and I already have $100K in it. I could reduce these numbers by doing the work myself, but I have no experience and some of the work is technical. Supporting the local economy means supporting the local yard, there is only one, at $80 a day haul out, and with a limitation on contractors, the market is fairly limited. Getting to trinidad with no bimini, no solar, no wind vane, and no saftey rail (I would have to do the fiberglass before leaving for safety) is a long haul. Something to think about, though.
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