I agree with the others. BVI very limited. Only one decent chandlery- in Nanny Cay Marina - that can get stuff down from West Marine
in the US, and a big Moorings base in Tortola to keep their boats going.
from the US to St Maarten is easy and duty free. Both the big Caribbean
chandleries, have their warehouses there - Budget Marine
and Island WaterWorld (they both have online catalogues) There's plenty of skilled labour, and small marine businesses, but since the superyachts arrived its no longer so cheap
. I was getting quoted around US$65 an hour three years ago. I had parts
sent to The Mailbox, a Fedex agent in Palappa Marina, which worked well. No waiting for customs
, and they held them for me.
As you go further south, it doesn't really get any better. Antigua
is expensive, but does have skills, likewise the French Islands but they are suffering from the Euro. Grenada
may be an option and theres' also Trinidad, some people rate it for boat repairs
, but I'm not one of them.