Re: Long term storage options in southern Caribbean
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Our experience at both was good. Both regularly handle Amels. There were 4 other SM and a 54 at Curacao Marine while we were there. There were at least 3 other SM in and out of Peake when we were there. We did not have much work done at either yard. We had bottom paint and hull wax applied at Peake, and only the hull polished at Curacao Marine. A number of other boats we're having there bottoms refinished with copper-coat at Curacao Marine. Seems they have the expertise and good price.
Depth entering Curacao marina is something to watch but not a problem. The use a submersible lift to lift the boat from the water and then place in the yard. Peake uses a travel lift to hoist the boat and then they use a hydralic loft to move the boat around the yard. I saw no issues with either method.
Although I did not have much work done at either yard, my impression was that if you had a more varied list of jobs you wanted done then I would favor Peake. What I observed and through limited interaction was that they had good electronic guy, canvis shop, diesel, and rigging on site. There was also a very good looking wood shop over at Powerboats next door. And many other Marine services in the area. They had a full time staff to professionally manage scheduling and completion of work at Peake. Curacao Marine did seem to struggle a bit with that.
I did not think that Curacao was well set up for "boat minding". The boats are in a secure "bonded" yard so you can not hire your own boat minder. The yard manager would do it, but really he had to many other things and no organizational support.
At Curacao they do not have lodging on site. You have to book your own. Rental cars are cheep. Budget Marine was pretty good for sourcing my anchor chain. Shopping for other supplies is very good. An additional benefit is adding a nice stop at Bonaire on the way.
Let me know if you have any more specific questions.
Regards, Dan Carlson on sv BeBe, sm#387
On Wed, Mar 27, 2019, 11:57 AM islandpearl2_sm2k332 <colin.d.streeter@... wrote: