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Old 18-04-2014, 10:05   #1
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Repower in Mexico?

Does anyone have any experience or info on getting a boat repowered on the Pacific side of Mexico? Boatyard, mechanic, engines available, cost, quality of work (and guarantee of work), etc.?
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Old 18-04-2014, 10:46   #2
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

There used to be a guy in Mazatlan but he flew the coop. There are pretty good prices on Yanmars in Panama and perhaps Costa Rica as they have big wholesale dealers. Perhaps a bit far away though?
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

Let's hope Zeehag chimes in here.
Last I heard, she was in Barra de Navidad.
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Old 18-04-2014, 19:19   #4
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

Total yachtworks in Mazatlan was an authorized Yanmar dealer and did plenty of repowers...but he split town...and I don't know if the new company is as good as Bob was...

What I do know...is that you would be CRAZY to let Ronco in Barra de Navidad even touch your engine...we watch him badly botch two rebuilds while we were there with the boats later having to buy new motors!

La Paz would be a good place to go about it due to easy access down the Baja for motors and parts. If I needed a new motor in Pacific Mexico...I would head towards La Paz. Give Tom on SV Eagle a shout at La Paz Cruiser's Supply. He runs a Yacht Management company and is deeply involved in the cruising community and boat repair community there, he would be my starting point. You can contact him through his website:
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

Forwarded from Zeehag.....

"would someone please post to this for me and say there is a local mechanic in barra de navidad who speaks no english and does a wonderful job of rebuilding engines. his contact is thru me.
there is also an excellent injector pump rebuilder here in barra area. NO i am NOT using johnco. my mechanics name is sr. maestro diaz.
they can contact me thru fb only at present, until august 7, 2014, due to a bully having sent me a pm."


and a follow up.....

"Zee Hag this guy needs to be publicized as he is local talent, which has been untapped by us gringos. he is excellent as opposed to the usual run of gringo diesel guys"
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Old 18-04-2014, 20:42   #6
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

My brother had his Perkins 4-108 rebuilt in San Carlos, Sonora, and was very happy with the results. Sorry but I don't have any names. If you're in that area and are interested, PM me and I'll see if I can get the info.

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La Paz or you'll be sorry.
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Eric, found you on a quiet thread. I wonder how quiet it will stay?
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

More from Zee.....

"Zee Hag perfect. i didnt specify engines as there are many in ships and commercial craft nearby. sr diaz did awesome work on a 3 cyl yanmar, mine is a perkins. i love this man, and my ancillary guys as well. machine shop is in manzanillo, javier, my pump rebuilder for fuel pumps including injector, is in casamira castiillo, some few miles up the hill.....
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Zee Hag btw my bottom line... under 2500 usd for total rebuild including injector pump and lift pump...and transmission heat exchanger. and every part inside block except cam, crank, and block. head has been milled and addressed..new seats, guides and such so engine is essentially brand new."
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

Used to be a gringo in PV right under the windmills at the north end of the old harbor... think his name was Mike but the years (and my life style) have wasted my memory but worth a check. Did wonders working on wornout Detroits and burned up Northern Lights power plants. Good guy and had a crew of really talented muchachos. Cheers, Phil
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Re: Repower in Mexico?

Unless the boat is already in Mexico, disabled with bad motors, WHY would anyone repower there? Though I have had good experiences with a machine shop in Puerto Vallarta and Baja Naval, the boatyard in Ensenada, I think you'd have to be hard-pressed to hire major engine work there. It's risky enough here!

Do your own due diligence regarding choice and condition of motors. For a friend's boat, we just picked up a Yanmar 2GM which had been completely rebuilt by a Yanmar Gold dealer, half the cost of new.
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Having been in Mx and seen people there and on this forum suffer for months on end trying to get a simple diesel rebuilt and or installed leads me to belief you should go state side, find a decent engine or have yours rebuilt in the US and then bring it down on your TIP.
The last thing I found about Mx in general is...it ain't cheap!
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Having been in Mx and seen people there and on this forum suffer for months on end trying to get a simple diesel rebuilt and or installed leads me to belief you should go state side, find a decent engine or have yours rebuilt in the US and then bring it down on your TIP.
The last thing I found about Mx in general is...it ain't cheap!
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I would have to agree. Oh sure you can have stuff down in Mexico, but for the price of a rental car and a fun road trip you could save yourself thousands of dollars and months of drama! When my V-drive died, I rented a car in La Paz and drove it my mechanic in Ventura, dove back and reinstalled it ALL in less time than ship shipping down the rebuild parts. Plus I was also able to bring back some other goodies.
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I would have to agree. Oh sure you can have stuff down in Mexico, but for the price of a rental car and a fun road trip you could save yourself thousands of dollars and months of drama! When my V-drive died, I rented a car in La Paz and drove it my mechanic in Ventura, dove back and reinstalled it ALL in less time than ship shipping down the rebuild parts. Plus I was also able to bring back some other goodies.
Plus...As you know, The machine shops in Mx are very old, tired and worn out. They are experts in make-shift. I'm convinced the accuracy there is no where near that of an American shop.
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