Mayahana - I was at Bobby's Megga Boatyard this week. Great location. I noticed that security
was nearly non-existent and theft is a major problem on the island. What is your experience. I didn't see any guards, fences or security
gates and folks were pretty much able to go and come as they see fit.
I spoke with Amy who is the office manager at Bobby's and she quoted 4-5 days for bottom paint
job for a 40' cat. She emphasized the need to let the anti-fouling paint
to cure between coats. We are thinking about 2.5 coats, with the 1/2 coat applied at the waterline. We too pulled out during the lunch break which runs from 12-1:30. Do you feel the paint cured sufficiently so as not to wash off once the boat is splashed. Staff is friendly and seemed eager to please. Haulout ran $532 for 39' during lunch hour.
I agree about the comments regarding all sorts of support vendors being located in the area (Yanamr, Vovle and diesel
services, sailmakers, canvas
, fabricators, parts, etc... as well as Lagonees. They have a dinghy dock
which makes the place even more convenient. Food
is good with reasonable prices. This location is also convenient to the international airport
- five minutes away.
I would not recommend staying at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina (no marina). Overcrowded, overpriced, unfriendly staff, extremely inefficient even for the Carib. Been there done that. Much better resorts and hotels and short taxi ride away. If you want to acquire a bad mood and disappointment this is the place for you.
Zengirl - depends on where the boat is located at time of needing work. If you have to relocate the boat back to the States, then St. Martin is probably is best bet. I find rates about 20% higher than State side (Florida) Nanny Cay is another alternative, Nanny Cay Marina, is located on Tortola, friendly staff, very reasonable hotel
rates $70 p/night if you have to be off boat, and knowledgeable staff. A great survey
company is located there in case you need expert advice.