Sorry guys but I don't agree with anything suggested in this thread ;-)
Seru Boca is a marina, not a yard. It is a very nice marina. Kees is the dock
master and he is the local agent for Marine Warehouse so it's easy to get parts
There are two boatyards
in Curacao; the one with the trailer is Curacao Marine. The one with the travelift is Opus Marine. I would not want to do that list of jobs in either one but Curacao Marine is the only one that could do most of the list. The trailer can be a problem if your boat is big (we couldn't use it). The owner Gijs is a nice fellow but you will have words with the other owner like everyone else. They are very busy and delays are imminent.
Shelter Bay in Colon, Panama: that's where we are now. Forget the skilled workers, there are none employed by the yard and none available locally. You can have regular things done, like anti-fouling
. All the rest you do yourself (or ask other cruisers to help) or it doesn't get done. It's a lovely place though, surrounded by sea and jungle and we even like Colon.
Ft. Lauderdale: We hauled at PlayBoy Marine which is in the Dania cut off canal. The yard is okay but ask for Stuart Dodd who is an independant contractor for that project
is why I would not do that list in Ft Lauderdale and I still didn't forget the Bahia
Mar marina fee's we paid there...
No, the best place to do that list is Trinidad, like Peake's boatyard. You will get the same quality work as in Ft Lauderdale (but there's bad contractors too, in both places, so ask cruisers that worked with a contractor about their experience) at less than half the price
You must be attending in both places if you want it done on time and right.