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06-28-2011 11:47 AM
billyruffn Chagauramas, Trinidad has a number of contractors who can do a very professional job painting topsides for something around US$100/foot. I employed Rawle Walker, who works primarily at Power Boats, for paint work on BR in 2005 and 2010. He does a great job and will work with you, if you want to do parts of the project. There are 3 or 4 other contractors who have equally good reputations. Send me a PM if you want further info.

I would avoid Venezeula as it is not safe, and Columbia is a long way down wind. Trini is an interesting place and fun to visit, but it’s not without it’s own problems. All in, I think it offers very good value when it comes to repairing / refitting boats and is a good place to wait out the hurricane season.

PS -- re paint choice: Awlgrip seems to be the paint of choice for most contractors. We used Awlcraft 2000 on our steel hull because it’s much easier to repair when you get “dinged” by a dinghy or mooring ball or the odd dock piling. Our paint job is now going on 6 years and still looks great. I’ve had several patches done (professionally) and it’s almost impossible to tell where they are.
06-28-2011 09:54 AM
TQA Looks like the best deal I can get is down in Trinidad with Yacht Maintenance Services: Allen Dowden.

I will post before and after shots.
06-28-2011 06:53 AM
tommays I did spray a LOT of 545 primer and spent a good deal of time wet sanding it

I used the Awlgrip recommended foam roller and good brush to tip and the paint really went on pretty easy with the biggest issue being waiting for the prefect week

I waited 8 months seriously i was ready last fall when Earl came through and never got a good week till this spring in may with low overnight humidity
06-28-2011 06:34 AM
Gladrags1
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I was really surprised how well the Awlgrip roll & tipped and it took a LOT less material than spray only 48 oz of mixed paint on a 29' hull per coat

The hull looks beautiful! Any tips for how you went about getting such a shiny job? I am thinking about awlgripping the topsides using a miniroller and brushing the paint on and am interested in hearing about your experiences.

Tod
06-04-2011 10:35 AM
Faster The yard in Tyrell Bay in Carriacou is well thought of by our Caribbean sailing friends.. not sure if painting is on their list of services, but it might be worth checking out.
06-04-2011 10:04 AM
TQA
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Sail down to Cartagena, it is only 1,000 miles and out of the hurricane zone and you will get the paint job for about $2,000.

http://www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2010-11-17-1
Transitting Venezuelan waters seems to be risky and while getting there is an easy sail getting back to my preferred cruising area is tough.

I had intended to get it painted by Varadero Caribe in Cumana but the situstion in Venezuela is just too crazy just now.
06-04-2011 07:13 AM
tommays I was really surprised how well the Awlgrip roll & tipped and it took a LOT less material than spray only 48 oz of mixed paint on a 29' hull per coat

06-04-2011 01:38 AM
Yorksailor Sail down to Cartagena, it is only 1,000 miles and out of the hurricane zone and you will get the paint job for about $2,000.

http://www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2010-11-17-1
06-03-2011 10:58 PM
TQA This is my forever boat so I will have it done in two part polyurethane either International or Awlgrip.

The local guys all seem to use Awlgrip.
06-03-2011 04:28 PM
mitchbrown Hi TQA

you could do the prep work yourself and then have someone else do the spray work, as long as the topsides are in okay shape it would probably turn out pretty good.
I have used regular enamel paint before with decnt results and fair durability but it takes atleast 6 weeks to cure. it would be quite awhile before you could let it rub against any bumpers. this could be a really inexpensive option

Mitch
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