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Old 21-03-2014, 16:37   #16
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Re: Baja Naval Boatyard

Be a little careful of Mexican yards.
They quote labour charges way below the States, but the time taken is such that you gain very little.
Its a case of "horses for courses". If your requirement is technical - get it done in the states. If its routine - take your pick.
If you're after a REALLY effective anti-fouling job, try Berkowitch yard in La Paz. It'll last five years - yes it will - and there won't be an organism on it at the end of that time - but don't imagine it'll comply with Californian legislation!

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Old 24-03-2014, 09:23   #17
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Re: Baja Naval Boatyard

I used Baja Naval once in the past and it was a bit of a disaster.
Its been awhile but it brings up a couple of points that may be applicable now.

1. While in Puerto Vallarta I had an ablative tin based bottom paint applied to the boat. I hated it, did well on keeping growth off, but the inflatable dinghy tied alongside smeared the paint all over the hull above the waterline.

Quotes to have the paint removed in San Diego were quite high, so I looked into to Baja Naval who's quote to remove and paint Trinidad were quite resonable.

So beware of paints that would be not want to install in the US.

2. On the way down to Baja Naval, my transmission froze. Baja Naval pulled the transmission sent it back up to San Diego to be overhauled and then reinstalled it. On the installation they put the pressure plate in backwards. The boat ran, it shifted but was a bit hard to start. I took it anyway and headed home. After about 15 to 20 hours on the system, the engine froze.
Started negotiations with Baja Naval to cover the cost of the engine rebuild.
Discussions went nowhere, at some point I think they offered me cost of the transmission rebuild but that was basically there final offer. Both lawyers I talked with advised me to not pursue any litigation, Mexican Tort law being what it is. I ultimately repowered the boat with a new Yanmar on my own dime.

So if something goes really bad, don't expect them to make things right.

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Old 24-03-2014, 10:08   #18
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Re: Baja Naval Boatyard

Very positive experience with Baja Naval. Well managed.

You must use your head. Bring them jobs for which they have experience--bottom prep and painting--not engine or transmission rebuilds.

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