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Old 14-10-2010, 04:01   #16
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The quality of work in the Philippines isn't an issue, but you do have to oversee it all yourself. You can't explain it, even seven times with perfect clarity, and expect it to actually happen the way you wanted it. You have to oversee it.

The good part is they don't mind. The people here thrive on interaction, and would actually prefer you stand over their shoulder directing traffic, rather than checking in every afternoon to see how it's progressing.

And yeah, parts are a major pain here. There is only one hardware store I've found in all of Cebu that actually sells reasonable grade chain, stainless wire and zinc anodes in the same place, and that took me some looking to find.

Haulouts here are dicey for yachts, at least for ones that draft as much as mine (8'6"). I haven't yet found a place that will give a firm bid for my boat, but I've got a few more places to check before declaring defeat. I do have a fairly hilarious 'quote sheet' somewhere around here that I'll have to scan and post sometime. Essentially, they want to own my boat in order to haul me out. Pretty funny.

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Old 09-11-2010, 18:27   #17
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Someone mentioned Taiwan. This definitely not an option. No travelifts, no decent marinas (except for Kenting). Some material can be found here (SS, teak, Sika, tinned wire etc.) and some items found at chandlers are actually manufactured here. Just for your amusement, we have asked for quote a well know yard that manufactures sailboats that are quite popular in the US. They don't have facilities near water, so: hault out, mast down, cradle, transport = 15000USD!
We had done most of our refitting ourselves in Raffles and Rebak. Also people spoke nicely about Kudat.

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Old 09-11-2010, 19:16   #18
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