Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Riggers In Trinidad and Martinique

John Clark

I can second Bill R.  I had my 1990 SM rerigged in Martinique by Gaetan last year.  There was a waiting list, mostly Amels.  He was fast and used ACMO hardware.  My cost in euros was just a tad over 10,000 in line with Bill's quote. 

Gaetan also knows how to properly tune the Amel rig.  Other riggers maybe not.  

For the relatively small difference in price go to Martinique.  

Regards,  John

SV Annie. SM 37
huddled below decks in the cold in St. Augustine Florida....about to make best speed somewhere warm!  ;)


On Jan 2, 2018 2:57 PM, "JEFFREY KRAUS jmkraus@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Bill Rouse makes an excellent point regarding the origin of the wire. I once bought a pair of Chinese manufactured tow blocks. The metal in the sheaves was so soft that there were groves in them as deep as the tow wire within 2 weeks. I returned them to the supplier for a refund. I think you get the point.
Jeff Spirit Amel 54 #14

On Tue, Jan 02, 2018 at 11:48 AM, pacificcool@... [amelyachtowners] wrote:


I've been in the group a while but don't often access it.  I' finishing up a circumnavigation and planning to replace the rigging on my 1995 Super Maramu.  It looks great to me, but it is 22 years old.  I have three quotes from different riggers in different countries. The costs vary greatly for both labor and parts, but especially labor.  I have included a summary of the quotes below broken down by labor and parts.  All quotes are for 316 stainless steel and includes all turnbuckles and upper eye pieces.  My question to this forum is whether any of you have knowledge of Jason Romell in Trinidad.  I've had good reports on Gaetan of Caraibe Marine  in Martinique who is recommended by the local Amel office.   Romell is recommended by Peake Yachts in Trinidad where my boat is on the hard.  I include these details since it may help other owners thinking of re-rigging.  BTW, one owner noted that he was told by Gaetan that he had never seen an Amel with a failed rig.  I provide the costs in Euros and US Dollars converted at a rate of 1.19 US dollars per Euro.  

Quote From            Euro              Labor          Euro            Parts        Euro          Total    Dollars      Total
Trinidad - Jason Romell1,5136,6078,119$9662
Martinique - Caraibe Marine3,4298,10611,535$13,726
Seattle - Northwest Rigging8,5809,55218,132$21,577
Seattle Higher Than Trinidad By150%18%57%57%
Martinique Higher Than Trinidad By127%23%42%42%
NW Higher Than Trinidad By467%45%123%123%

I am trending toward the less expensive quote from Trinidad contingent on meeting Jason on Friday.  But I'm very tempted to go for the more expensive quote from Martinique given the recommendation form Amel.   Ken Powers had Aquarius rigged in Martinique last year and was quite happy.  

Any comments appreciated.  Happy New Year to all!

Bill Shaproski
S/V Pacific Cool

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