No problem with wood working skills in Rio Dulce, lots of choice, BUT very few of the carpenters speak English
and if you engage a 3rd party to translate, the prices rise dramatically, expect to pay up to $25 a day for a good carpenter
, some will quote for the job, others, charge by the day
There are local welders here who can do aluminium and also sometime cruisers passing through who offer welding services
We have a 40 year old steel
boat and have had 2 pretty major refits done in the River in the last 8 years.
The only real gap in marine
skills at the moment is electronics
, impossible to get things repaired. All the other areas seems to be covered
It is easy to ship goods in by sea or air from the US.
Air costs about 30% of shipment value, depending on what you are shipping
, expect 2 weeks from Miami
to Rio Dulce.
Sea takes 4 to 6 weeks after leaving Miami
and is charged by Volume or Weight, I normally budget
6% for sea but we shipped in a stove recently and it ended up costing 16% due to the large volume
Check out the Rio Dulce Chisme site as some businesses advertise there.