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sure you can get into Varadero marina and boatyard. It is not surveyed. Our
charts show “Unsurveyed. Depths between 7 and 10 ft. Stoney”. Do
they have a privately maintained channel? I know they do dredging as part of
their operations so perhaps this is the case. Else, Aruba is a really nice duty
free island with cheap airfares to and from the USA.
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - San Blas Islands, Panama
main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On
Behalf Of James Cromie via Groups.Io
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Long term storage options in southern
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
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
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
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.
SV Island Pearl II, SM#332
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
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 website..
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
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.
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.
Il Sab 23 Mar 2019, 21:19 James Cromie via Groups.Io
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!
SV Soteria #347