We're in Banderas Bay and have been trying to decide what to do with the boat for the summer (while we go north and work). Had heard pretty good things about "summer packages" (for example, Nuevo Vallarta marina will give you a price
of $0.30/foot if you prepay 6 months).
Weren't sure if we wanted to leave the boat in the water
, so decided to check out the work yards / dry storage
options... we need to haul out
at some point to do a couple little projects anyways, and thought it might be cheaper.
Boy were we wrong!!!!
There are 2 work yard options in Banderas Bay (as far as we can tell anyways; please please correct me if you know something we don't!!). One is in the marina at La Cruz -- this work yard will NOT allow you to do ANY work on your boat yourself; and they are not a dry storage
facility, just a haul out
/ work yard.
So we trekked into PV to check out Opequimar (the dry storage / work yard that's attached to Marina Vallarta). Here's what Opequimar quoted us for our Nor'West 33' sailboat:
Haulout: $365 USD
April 2012 - November 2012 Dry Storage: $570/month (no work allowed)
Work Yard: $74 / DAY
I can understand $365 for the haulout, I can even *almost* fathom $570/month for dry storage (although not when compared to Marina Seca San Carlos' $136/month).
What I cannot understand is how anyone is paying $74 a freaking day to work on their own boats!!! Are there really no other options? What are people doing down here that want to work on their own boats?? Working 24 hours / day to get the jobs done quick?? Maybe I'm just a cheap
young'un but this seems outrageous to me.
If you have any insights or tips, I would love to hear them!!!
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(currently in La Cruz, Banderas Bay)