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Thank you Colin, and others for posting all this information on the various options for storage.
No one has mentioned much about Aruba, but they seem to be rather competitively priced for dry storage. Does anyone have an opinion or experience with work or storage in Aruba - specifically at Veradero Marine?
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
I would be most interested in your current assessment of Curacao Marine in terms of taking care of an Amel SM during haul out and storage compared to your experience at Peake.
We have just had a quote from Peake, and will be writing to Curacao Marine today for a quotation as well to compare prices.
What we are now more interested in is how well they both take care of the boat, as well as return flight costs to the UK from both locations before a final decision.
Thanks in advance
Colin & Lauren Streeter
SV Island Pearl II, SM#332
Pinny Beach, Nevis
James, we also stored our SM#387 at Peake Yacht Services from June 2017-Nov 2018. We were pleased with the yard and the services. We did not have much work done, but would go back again. We hauled out at Cuacao Marine this past year to position our boat for this current season in the western Carribean.
Would be happy to answer any more questions.
Regards, Dan and Lori Carlson on sv BeBe, SM #387
On Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 4:56 PM James Cromie via Groups.Io <email@example.com
Giorgio - Thank you so much for the info! I will definitely contact Daniella. I have heard that there is some concern of piracy / theft when sailing between Trinidad and Grenada or near the Venezuela coast in that region. I believe that air and sea travel has been suspended on the border of Trinidad and Venezuela based on the UK.gov
Hi James, I left for the second year my Amel Sharki from Peake Shipyard in Chaguaramas Bay Trinidad.
The shipyard works like a Swiss watch and all the staff is very helpful.
The prices compared to the various marinas on the islands are much lower and the service it's great.
They have a shipchandler inside and various technicians capable of performing any kind of work.
In addition, Trinidad is practically at the lower end of the hurricane belt and is an event that occurred 3 or 4 times in a century.
In this moment there are 4 Amel in the yard.
Write an email to Daniella, the person responsible for the reservations and get a quote for your boat.
If you want more info I am at your disposal.
Saudade III - Sharki #1
Il Sab 23 Mar 2019, 21:19 James Cromie via Groups.Io <firstname.lastname@example.org
> ha scritto:
I'd like to ask the forum for recommendations on safe and affordable locations for storing our boat for 3 - 4 months.
Martinique is a great option, but there are perhaps better locations for getting work manual labor type jobs done at more affordable rates.
Grenada seems to be historically a popular place, but I wonder about the current situation with more instability in nearby Venezuela.
Any advice or recommendations is greatly appreciated!
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