Just some additional info for this thread. Currently in Cartagena.
Visited some maritime places today.
Club Nautico. From what I had heard, I had visions of a real dump of a marina, but that's not the case. Ive been in far worse. The concrete/wood docks are solidy built and in good repair...did not see a single
plank in bad shape...all looked nearly new in fact. The nice new buildings are structurally complete, looks like finish out work is progressing slowly, but it is progressing...they were activley working when I was there. The water
is dirty, and choppy even in a light breeze, but thats not their fault. However, they quoted me the equivalent of about $1,200/month for a hypothetical 3 month stay!
Club Pesca. Nice place, but they* told me they could not accomodate a 23' beam and I did not see any other cats there.
Ferroaquimar. Made a very good first impression. Big proffessional yard. Friendly and reponsive. Worked up a hypothetical quote for a bottom job using a very thurough spreadsheet in a matter of minutes. But...they quoted me the equivalent of $4,300USD...without paint !*** The haul/spalsh only was about $660 USD. I will scan and send a copy of the quote when I can. They told me they have no dry storage
area -- working yard only. Way outside of town, in a zona industrial, so not convenient.
My overall impression of Cartagena is that its a great place to visit, but not a cost effective place to refit
. Even if you found good labor rates, the marina/yard/hotel rates while refitting would more than offset the difference.
Found that it is possible to eat/drink here for less than the crazy tourist rates we paid yesterday. Cabbie recommended a locals place for lunch, good local food
at about 20,000 pesos for two (about $12).
I still want to cruise
the far E San Blas and Colombian coast, and maybe push over to the ABC's, but think I will complete my refit
in some combination of Panama
& Rio Dulce.