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Old 01-01-2011, 19:37   #1
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I am considering the purchase of a boat in Mexico that requires a major refit. By refit I mean; all new thru hulls, standing rigging, complete electrical system and a new motor. Is there a good yard someone can recommend in Mexico (West Coast)

I've been eyeing and old girl for some time. I have considered just bitting the bullet and paying the cost to bring her home to British Columbia. On the other hand maybe I am way ahead of the game to have the work done in Mexico.

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Old 01-01-2011, 20:20   #2
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Baja Naval. Ensenada.
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Old 01-01-2011, 20:29   #3
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First, parts are very expensive in Mexico and if you bring items in, there is something like a 17% duty. The yard in San Carlos does good fiberglass and painting but I would not have them do mechanical or electrical.
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parts in baja naval come from san diego marine exchange, you might save a dollar or two on labor costs, but the rate in ensenada now is in competition with san diego . if you have the parts, go to puerto escondido, baja. or, go to oxnard/channel islands and ventura area and see cheaper yet yards.
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I am considering the purchase of a boat in Mexico that requires a major refit. By refit I mean; all new thru hulls, standing rigging, complete electrical system and a new motor. Is there a good yard someone can recommend in Mexico (West Coast)

I've been eyeing and old girl for some time. I have considered just bitting the bullet and paying the cost to bring her home to British Columbia. On the other hand maybe I am way ahead of the game to have the work done in Mexico.

All thoughts appreciated.
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You can consider puerto Vallarta, it has a few nice shipyards . I live here and I can help you to get good rates. Anyway what kind of boat are you going to buy.?
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i have just been advised pe is not the place i was advised it was spozed to be-- toomuch dereliction.... oxnard, ventura seem to be the places at this point. sorry for the misinformation i posted about puerto escondido, baja.
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La Paz has 4 yards... maybe. The one at Marina Palmira has changed hands a couple of times so I can't tell you what it's named now or even if it's still open. It's good for DIY, but it's not paved. La Paz should be about 3 days sail for you.

One is the Singlar marina in La Paz. Sort a long haul to the other end of town, but within walking distance of a Super Walmart. Kinda handy for staying aboard while you work on the boat.
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Thanks for the advice. What are the hourly rate in Mexico? Are the opinions based on personal experience?
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the baja naval yard is american owned, and is on usa standards, although the wages there are a tad lower...dont know the exact numbers-- i was there in 1998 with a 43 ft wood kettenburg sloop. we saw a lot...lol.. good luck.
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You might consider Opequimar in Puerto Vallarta
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If you are going to register the boat in Canada, which you can do easily on the internet and flag her as a Canadian vessel, you could then probably then get a temporary importation permit. Same as all boats entering Mexican waters. Once you have done that you can import all your parts for a vessel underway duty free. I can give you copies of the legislation if you go that way. Then if you are prepared to supervise the work yourself, there are lots of nearly competent guys you can hire for about $5 per hour provided you get a yard that will let you do the work. Most will just charge an administration fee.
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You need to stand there and watch every thing they do and ensure that everything is done correctly. New motor, electrics and standing rigging require a great deal of knowledge and technical skill to do correctly.

A boat would have to be very cheap for me to go through all that; tell us all why the boat is worth the money and effort!
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