I am sure you will get a wide variety of answers but to summarize the differences based on my many years of being in both places, here goes . . .
- - Grenada
is more "family like" type of place. Trinidad is more indifferent and business like. Both have good and bad aspects.
- - Purchasing
new equipment/sails/generator in Grenada
is pretty much a job of shopping
World or Budget Marine
or the two or three sail lofts and mechanical shops clustered around the two boatyards
- Grenada Marine
in St Davids and Spice Island Marine in Prickly Bay. There are a few "other" places to get things but there are not many.
- - In any case I would suggest thoroughly researching each items you need to determine the best "bang for the buck" of this brand/model or that brand/model. This is normally done on the internet
by checking out the main marine sources in the USA and other countries. With the knowledge of what your chosen item "normally" costs then you can compare the Grenada quoted prices to see if they are competitive.
- - You need to figure in the cost of shipping
to Grenada and dealing with Customs
Brokers. But Grenada is reasonable in that it does recognize "boat in transit" when it comes to Customs
duties. Still unless the item is "big ticket" you may find the cost differential small enough to make getting it locally viable. However, it is not necessary to ship everything into Grenada via "airfreight" - there are very economical sea freight options that are a fraction of the cost.
- - During my time there in Grenada I "imported" a lot of parts
and stuff from the USA for my boat and saved significant money
- - Trinidad is somewhat similar to Grenada on sourcing things but they have an outfit named "Marine Warehouse" which can bring in large or heavy boat stuff at the same or better prices than doing it yourself. Trinidad also has - as a major/large city anywhere has - local sources outside the main Marine trades location in Chaguaramas Bay where things can be purchased at quite good prices.
- - Trinidad boatyard operations and marine parts
supply stores/shops can pretty much supply you with anything you need but normally at a rather high price
unless you know how and where to go to find "deals."
- - Quality of work is - IMHO - the same in each place with the caveat that with more places available in Trinidad there are more opportunities for you to get shafted. Grenada having only a few competitors and a much smaller population and faster traveling "grapevines" that results in a tendency to be more "honest" or satisfying to you. Of course, your attitude in dealing with the "shop/store/supplier" can make a world of difference in how much effort they put into doing your job well.
- - Grenada has the advantage of smallness so you can ask around to other boaters to find the "currently" best shop/store/craftsperson to do your needed work. It is more difficult in Trinidad since there are half a dozen of any particular shop/store/craft to sort through to find the good ones.
- - So as with all thing boat related, there is a onus upon you to research
carefully unless you have significant financial resources and can afford to buy blind.
- - Specific recommendations are available but they do tend to change over time as business shifts to one "highly recommended" place and away from the other. I have noticed over the years that they tend to swap "good/bad" reputations yearly or every couple of years. So you need to ask cruisers currently there who is the "good" place this year.