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Old 14-05-2009, 08:18   #1
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DIY Yards in Trinidad

Can anybody recommend a yard in Trinidad that is helpful and accomodating to the live-aboard do it yourself-er?
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Old 14-05-2009, 11:09   #2
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I haven't been to Trini for about 4 or 5 years. Back then all of the haul out facilities were good. I hauled at Peake's which is really nice. The place is spotless, and the chandelry was just 100 feet away, and Budget Marine is within walking distance. The only labor the facility does is bottom paint. The rest you can source from whomever you wish as long as the contractor is on the approved list. On site, there are a canvas shop, wood working shop, welding shop, mechanics. Pretty much anything you need except for rigging.

Also, there is a nice little bar with air conditioning. Essential when working on a boat in Trini.
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Old 14-05-2009, 11:31   #3
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We had similar experiences and time frame as Bradley; except hauled out at Coral Cove. They had a well maintained wide lift, which allowed us to haul w/o removing a stay. The yard was clean and conveniently located to supplies and needed services. You could do all or part of your own work...good experience.

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Peake's has a rigger since 2004 when Jonas (Trinidad Rigging) relocated there. You can do everything yourself and indeed a spotless yard.

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I had good luck at Peake's. Great haul out service. Rent a air conditioner so you can live aboard. Chandelry on site, Bank across the road. Other Chandelry Close by. Very secure Location. Get in and get out. Its Hot and sticky on the hard.
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Checked their website and was impressed:

Peake Yacht Services

Does anyone who's been there know if a good shipwright or carpenter with reasonable rates is there or nearby? And is it reasonable to assume there is good access to quality materials including teak veneers?

If I were to go there I'd be looking to do a lot of interior work.
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I met a British fella at peake's yard and he someone put a new teak deck on for him while he was away for bussiness and he was happy with the end pruduct. I know they have the material to do the job. I didn't talk with about cost. I didn't get a name of the workmen, the job was completed and satisfactory. Sorry thats all I got. Good Luck
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Thanks.
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I have been in Peakes and Powerboats, liked them both. For some reason I lean toward Powerboats. If yo have work done, be there to manage it.
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Re: DIY Yards in Trinidad

Power Boats is the only place for my boat. Have been laying up there since '08 and won't even look at another yard. As per Cheechaco's post, I agree. Never trust any contractor anywhere as you never get what you expect unless you are supervising really closely. It's like that throughout the islands.
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Re: DIY Yards in Trinidad

I hauled out at Peake's as well and was very satisfied.
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Re: DIY Yards in Trinidad

Don't forget I.M.I.S. boatyard way down the end of the line of boatyards. It is the most D-I-Y friendly yard in Trinidad and also very reasonable priced. While there once I hired a local worker to do the "grunt" work which he did with enthusiasm under my direct control and supervision in half or less the time I would have taken myself. He was happy as he was also learning how to do the jobs which he could use in the future to get even more jobs.
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