Originally Posted by Pacific2012
Thanks for the useful (and if not useful, at least amusing) replies!
Nick, the work we need to get done is:
Antifoul the hull
Replace corroded seacocks
Replace plastic window on canvas Bimini
New kitchen worktop (not essential)
Get life raft and epirb
Do you know if Shelter Bay/Colon has the required facilities and craftsmen? Presumably with the boat on the hard
at Shelter Bay we could get someone from Colon/Panama city to come over and do the work??
Interesting that a year after it was meant to be completed, club nautico is still a pile of rubble. Does this mean it's not functioning as a useful marina?
Lets see, antifoul is standard yard job. The rest you need to do yourself or hire contractors. All materials need to be ordered from Marine
Warehouse in Miami
for best price
. You can do that before arriving and have it shipped ocean freight (cheap).
boat, I would suggest you install bronze thru-hulls with flanged adapters, both made by Groco and shown in detail by member Maine
Sail here: http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/s..._primer&page=2
You install a bronze ball-valve on the adapter for which I would also select Groco. Study the link above, it's worth it.
The plastic window... there is a sail/canvas maker atound who might have the material but I would order it to make sure, plus you get exactly what you want.
Kitchen top, there is a good shipwright employed by the marina (Ramon). But you would need to supply the new top material, so needs to be ordered.
Life raft and Epirb service
is no problem in Panama but NOT possible in Cartagena I think.
I would not do these jobs in Cartagena. The only reason to do any of hem there is cost which will be lower. But getting the materials there (from US because not available locally) is a challenge and the yards are messy and hard to deal with.
Your problem is going to be that he high season is starting so that things will get busy everywhere. There is no economic crisis in these countries, so you might have to wait your turn.
EDIT: Club Nautico... the dock
master is now manager in Colon, does that answer your question?