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Old 19-09-2009, 11:31   #1
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Anybody Taken Their Boat to Central or South America to Have it Rebuilt?

Hi,

We're new and this is the first post. We have an Offshore 40, Cheoy Lee in Florida and we are debating on trying to find a place to take it to have it rebuilt. We are thinking about anywhere from Mexico down because of labor costs.

Also, our boat would have to be shipped or land transported. Any ideas on that?

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Old 19-09-2009, 11:42   #2
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Silversands,

Have you been up on the Rhodes Reliant/Offshore 40 website. You got lots of friends up there.
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Surely if you have to ship or transport by land, this will eat up any savings you might make.
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Old 19-09-2009, 12:12   #4
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Hi Blue Stocking, I will try there. Thanks! Silversands
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Old 19-09-2009, 12:17   #5
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Hi Talbot, I know. That's the problem. We live in South Africa and our boat is in Florida on the dry. We're trying to figure out the best and cheapest way to get her rebuilt. We'd do it ourselves, but don't really have the time.

Thanks! Silversands
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Old 24-09-2009, 15:02   #6
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Florida

Where in Florida is your boat?
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Old 24-09-2009, 15:26   #7
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I agree you can get cheaper labor, and many of the safety and enviromental costs are not a factor. I did a major job on my boat in Mexico. All the supplies, the paint, primer, sandpaper, tape...it all had to be brought down or purchased a big mark up from the States prices.
I had 1 to 3 labors working for three months. As long as I was there, it got done, and it got done right. When I was gone, nothing was right, and it was money thown away. It is true here in Mexico for building a home also. You cannot be gone. There is no bargain. It will end badly. A lot of times the cheap labor will jst dissapear with the money....And there is many stories of busted jobs and failed projects....mostly due to absentee owners.
Wish I could be more encouraging. I would sell the boat, or send it to where I lived, and get the work done. I would not send it to a yard below the border (or above) and not have direct control of things. Too many ways to get ripped off. It will end badly almost guarenteed
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Old 25-09-2009, 02:17   #8
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Hi Jmolan,

I agree. Same here in South Africa. If you're not on the job, forget about it. We're in the process of building a house, and it's quite the experience! We even had an experience in Florida with a great wood-worker who took the money and ran the minute we came back here.

We'd like, if it's possible, to keep the boat, she's a real beauty, and fixed up, she'll be amazing. We're not opposed to trying to work it out so that we can be there where she'll be worked on, if we can find a place that won't cost us a fortune. But it's true, I suppose we'd eat up any money we'd save by transporting her there.

Hmmm...What to do, what to do...

Sorry for the late response. I just saw your post as I'm new to this!

Thanks for your input!

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Old 25-09-2009, 02:20   #9
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Hi Sanssouci,

Sorry for the late reply. I just saw the post!

The boat is on the dry in Sebastian. Do you know where that is? I see you're in the Keys. It's up the east coast about an hour and a half or so north of Palm Beach.

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Old 25-09-2009, 17:12   #10
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Where in Mexico were you?
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I have heard some good things about LaCeiba Marina, Honduras.(15-47N / 86-46)
check it out!
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I used to have a choylee offshore 40 in Hawaii. I'm now in Key West, let me know if I can help you. I have a empty 45' seawall at my house.
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- - You had best keep the boat in Florida for the refit. But if you cannot be present it is common to hire a "project manager" who become "you" and supervises the contractors and makes sure work is being done and done correctly. Usually surveyors will take on such a position as their surveyor work is usually few and far between - and they have the necessary experience to know what and how things should be done.
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Hi Sanssouci,

LaCeiba Marina...hmmm...thanks for the tip. We'll check it out!!

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Thanks, Osirissail. I think hiring a project manager might end up costing us more than we want to spend, although I'm sure it would be less than transporting her somewhere to have the work done!

We're trying to save where we can!

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