I have had a number of things done down in Mexico
. I have been in the Opequmar yard in Puerto Vallarta
a number of times, also lots of friends and neighbors that have used the La Paz
, Ensenada and Matzatlan yards. My experiences were very good, high quality work good materials and 1/3 the price
of US. You have to be careful in what you have them do and you MUST be there while they are working. They work hard but it's easy for them to get confused on what you want and they do it different than you had in mind. This is espisaclly true if your Spanish is poor, like mine.
They excell at wood work, fiberglass
and painting. At least as good as the work I got in California
, maybe better. I would avoid anything that takes technical knowledge that you do not have. things like refridgeration, electrical
and instuments. If you can direct them it's fine but hard to find experts in these things.
The hardest part is materials, you can get just about anything you can buy in the US and the price
is maybe 10 - 20% more. Paint
, resin etc.. is about the same, radar
, chart plotter etc.. is 20% more. Bringing it in your self is a paperwork nightmare and don;t even try to ship it, it never makes it, at least that is the case in Puerto Vallarta
I plan on having new decks, pilot house and aft deckhouse done next year and will probably pay 25% of what it would cost at home. All my systems will be redone in the US though.
Not sure what coast you are looking at but the yards vary greatly, so ask around.