Don't get me started on what Spice Island and Budget
Marine and that French rigger there did to cruisers after the hurricane… but it was nothing that steel cables
will prevent next time.
marine is at the south-east point of the island which is a bit isolated from the west coast
, but arguably on the more beautiful side of the island. There is also a resort right there so it is not like you're on an expedition to get there.
It has much better protection against weather
and the damage to boats after the hurricanes was minimal compared to Prickly Bay. Good yard work can be had there.
I agree that Trini has changed too but not as much as you make it sound. We had the same electric
system that is in use today and there were murders and kidnappings all over the island.. but Chagueramas was safer.
If that is not good enough than there is only one way to go and that is further west. I agree with other posters that Curacao
is then the best bet. If Curacao
Marine can't haul you then the other yard in Piscadera Bay (formerly known as Opus marine, don't know the current
name) will be able to.
Other choices are Colon, Panama
; Cartagena Colombia
; Rio Dulce, Guatemala
; and since a week or so, Almirante, Panama
Almirante is closer to late hurricanes but never touched yet.