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Old 26-06-2012, 14:59   #1
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Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Hi,

We are looking for somewhere to haul and work on our 64 foot classic ketch (1936) this winter. We have been living aboard and travelling for 3 years now and we always do 90% of the work ourselves. However, since arriving in the States we are struggling to find a yard that will let us work on the boat ourselves (prepping, painting, antifouling) and the yard worker rates are terrifying. We just got quoted nearly $20,000 to paint our topsides in Deltaville, VA and this is, as I understand it, one of the better priced areas!?!

Our 'dream' for this winter, having crossed the atlantic in November last year and spent this winter in the Caribbean, is to haul out for a few months, do the work ourselves and spend some time home in Scotland, then get her back in the water and get back living on board!

Does anyone know anywhere this is possible for a boat this size? We are literally willing to go ANYWHERE on the East Coast.

Big thanks

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Old 26-06-2012, 15:04   #2
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Look around you for a yard that caters to fishing boats (commercial) around here they'll pull up the cute little plastic boat and shove it into a corner and leave you alone until you're done. (Texas Gulf Coast)
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Old 26-06-2012, 15:07   #3
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Hi,
Try New England Boatworks in Portsmouth, Rhode Island:
New England Boatworks, Builders of advanced composite sailing and power yachts
I suppose its not the cheapest place but the Yard Manager has been very helpful. Give them a ring and ask for Scotty.
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Old 26-06-2012, 15:09   #4
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Tiger Point in Fernandina allowed DIY (a few years old). I also believe there is a yard in St Mary's GA.
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Old 26-06-2012, 15:26   #5
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Tiger Point is great. DIY. Nice folks. New much bigger Travelift this year. On ICW but no bridges. Class A inlet at St. Marys River. Deep water all the way.
http://www.tigerpointmarina.com/
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Try Georgetown Yacht Basin on the
Sassafrass River on the Northern Chesapeake Bay Welcome to Georgetown Yacht Basin, Inc.
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Old 26-06-2012, 16:00   #7
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64 foot classic ketch (1936)
Is it a Beneteau or a Hunter?

Can't help with your search - but a pic would be nice
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Old 27-06-2012, 10:11   #8
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Hi, We live in Bar Harbor Maine, try Abels Boat yard, don't think he has a website, but if you look up Abels' Lobster pound you will find him, resturant in summer. He has indoor storage and it is heated. If you want some info. pm us and we can get what you need scan it for you and email it to you. We keep our boat there. Nice and very protected, good guys and you can do as little or as much work as you want. You can even fly out of Bangor Airport to go home to Scotland.

Winter home rentals are also reasonable, great snow shoeing
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Old 27-06-2012, 14:42   #9
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Cape Ann Marina in Gloucester, MA.
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

As noted, the Texas coast has several. Weather is decent in the winter too.
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Whitehall Marina in Annapolis is a great DIY yard, just don't let the Hinkley people near your boat.
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

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Hi,

We are looking for somewhere to haul and work on our 64 foot classic ketch (1936) this winter. We have been living aboard and travelling for 3 years now and we always do 90% of the work ourselves. However, since arriving in the States we are struggling to find a yard that will let us work on the boat ourselves (prepping, painting, antifouling) and the yard worker rates are terrifying. We just got quoted nearly $20,000 to paint our topsides in Deltaville, VA and this is, as I understand it, one of the better priced areas!?!

Our 'dream' for this winter, having crossed the atlantic in November last year and spent this winter in the Caribbean, is to haul out for a few months, do the work ourselves and spend some time home in Scotland, then get her back in the water and get back living on board!

Does anyone know anywhere this is possible for a boat this size? We are literally willing to go ANYWHERE on the East Coast.

Big thanks

Karen
Check out Point Lookout Marina on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Potomac River. Welcome Full DIY yard.
I was there a few years ago. They let me paint my entire 32' boat. They also were very reasonable on there parts and could get most things the next day if you got your order in early enough. I'd go there again for sure. Cheers, Neil
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Re: Looking for Boatyard for a DIY refit this winter

Forgot about Bock's Boat yard in Morehead City, NC. Might be a better location as far as weather goes. Had two boats hauled there over the years. Good people! Ton's of resources. Very helpful. Nice location.
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Hi,

We are looking for somewhere to haul and work on our 64 foot classic ketch (1936) this winter. We have been living aboard and travelling for 3 years now and we always do 90% of the work ourselves. However, since arriving in the States we are struggling to find a yard that will let us work on the boat ourselves (prepping, painting, antifouling) and the yard worker rates are terrifying. We just got quoted nearly $20,000 to paint our topsides in Deltaville, VA and this is, as I understand it, one of the better priced areas!?!

Our 'dream' for this winter, having crossed the atlantic in November last year and spent this winter in the Caribbean, is to haul out for a few months, do the work ourselves and spend some time home in Scotland, then get her back in the water and get back living on board!

Does anyone know anywhere this is possible for a boat this size? We are literally willing to go ANYWHERE on the East Coast.

Big thanks

Karen
Check out Point Lookout Marina on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Potomac River. Welcome Full DIY yard.
I was there a few years ago. They let me paint my entire 32' boat. They also were very reasonable on there parts and could get most things the next day if you got your order in early enough. I'd go there again for sure. Cheers, Neil
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