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Old 25-07-2011, 21:00   #1
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Boat Repair and Refit in the Philippines


I find myself in possession of a custom +30 year old 37' aluminum sailing sloop that has reached the point where it needs a good refit done.

She's probably good for a ~500 to 800 mile sail down to the Philippines (currently in Japan) were the work can be done at a much more reasonable rate.

My main concern is finding a good, reputable outfit that can work with aluminum boat fabrication, can do interior fit-out in addition to structural modification, rigging and engine work. Modern facilities would be nice as I would like to stay on station while the work progresses.

Here is my menu of work to be done:

- strip out all interior furnishing, insulation, wiring, plumbing, etc.
- sand down interior, weld out any pinholes/corrosion
- relocate engine (currently in the middle of the cabin) to companionway
- replace all thru hulls. seacocks, etc.
- repaint interior bare aluminum with anti-corrosion and epoxy over that.
- replumb, rewire, reinsulate and recover interior
- install new interior using hardwoods and HDPE
- bottom job to bare aluminum with epoxy layer then bottom paint

That's a broad overview, there are specifics, but this would take far too long to detail in one post.

So... Does anyone know of a good outfit at can do this sort of work at a reasonable rate?
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Old 25-07-2011, 23:42   #2
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Aluminium in the Philippines...

There are a few yacht repair places in the Philippines but I don't know of any that can do Aluminium.

You could ask Pinoy Boat services or Nigel Roberts or have a look at the Puerto Galera Yacht Club website.

I don't know if they have aluminium welding facilities, but they may be able to bring in an outside contractor.

These are just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are other places.

I would not expect the Philippines to be a good place to get a major refit done to a timetable.
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