Sundowner, Puerto Del Rey has a bunch of good subcontractors that could be very useful for a refit
, and it is in the Caribbean
. Haulouts, summer storage
work, welding, all of these things are good there, and I think most everything else. There is a guy we really like who is also a mechanic
, and who can undertake just about anything or find someone else who can. He is a Dane, formerly an engineer
boats, and a really good, honest guy. He will wind
up being a friend, if you use him.
The Marina is good, and yes, we have used those golf carts many times. But we now actually prefer a different marina in Fajardo, a brand new one named Sun Bay. Much cheaper and very, very nice, and well run. Great people. but there is no boat yard.
Puerto Rico has several advantages: Cheap(er) flights, part of the US, two large West Marines, US Mail, lots of industrial support, fairly inexpensive, and wonderful people. Horrendous drivers, however, so keep your insurance
updated, not to mention your health
care! On the other hand, if there is a hurricane
, only Puerto Rico and the USVI would have FEMA's resources and the National Guard, which could be very useful.
The BVI also has several good yards and lots of good tradesmen, who have gravitated there to take care of all the charter
boats. It is a lot more expensive, however, and if you are a private boat, there may be times of the year (near our Boat Shows) where you may be pushed to the back of the line behind the charter
boats that are the tradesmen's bread and butter. Nanny Cay would be top of the list, and Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor would not be too far behind.