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Old 06-09-2012, 00:18   #1
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Major Sailboar Refit - Florida Boatyards

We are looking to complete a major refit (new engine, rigging and general overhaul) of our 36 feet sailboat in Southern Florida. We are new to the area and are looking for advice on suitable boatyards to carry out the work. Price is obviously important, but quality of work and service even more so. Not fixed to any specific location but draft is 6ft which might restrict some choices. Engine is to replace original Volvo 40hp, but happy to replace with Beta or Yanmar as well as Volvo. Any advice and experience greatly appreciated.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Martin.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:34   #3
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Welcome aboard.Indiantown Marina,Indiantown Fl,Port Salerno Marina Port Salerno Fl.6 ft draft will limit you at both will have to come and go on high tides.
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Thanks for this. I am looking for full service yards as our own skills are limited.
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A bit further north in Fernandina Beach full service Yanmar dealer etc.
Tiger Point Marina and Boatyard.Tiger Point Marina - Home
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Welcome aboard.Indiantown Marina,Indiantown Fl,Port Salerno Marina Port Salerno Fl.6 ft draft will limit you at both will have to come and go on high tides.
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No tides at Indiantown! Its behind locks!

Martin, can you be more specific with your location?
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No tides at Indiantown! Its behind locks!

Martin, can you be more specific with your location?
Not promoting the Marina ,However have seen many 6ft draft boats their.
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FYI most Marinas around this way sublet there work out.There are a large number of Marine trades people in S Fl.
Another spot is Stuart Yachts on the S Fork,They do all there own work and are Good.
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Re: Major Sailboar Refit - Florida Boatyards

Not related to the location but to new engine choices: think twice before going for a new Volvo or Yanmar - they may not be worth the premium they often ask for. IMHO Bukh is a great and expensive choice while things like Vetus, Beta, etc. are often less expensive and at least as good as Volvo/Yanmar.

Just a thought.

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Re: Major Sailboar Refit - Florida Boatyards

On the west coast off of Charlotte Harbor is Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage...

Charlotte Habor Boat Storage - Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage - Boat Storage For Sail & Power

...We have our Endeavour there. 6 feet is going to be tricky getting in there, but I know for sure there are boats with 5 1/2 feet. Get a hold of them and inquire if you are interested. You go through a simple lock into a series of fresh water canals 8 miles to the yard and that is nice as it flushes everything with fresh water.

I've seen diesel repairmen in the yard, I'm not sure though if they can handle your situation so again you would have to check to see who could and I'll bet the yard could give you references. Talk to Shirley.

The good thing about this yard is that you can live on the boat in the yard up on stands. We did this for 3 months last spring/early summer. That can save you a ton of money if that is what you want to do. Some yards don't allow that.

Also you can perform any work you want yourself including painting as long as you follow their guidelines which are reasonable.

Any outside contractor can work in the yard as long as they are insured and they don't pay a fee either.

Their per/foot rates are as good or better than any place in Florida and they are very reasonable on putting you in and out. A lot of locals take their boats there short term to work on them. The yard is mainly...



...filled with cruisers. They have a simple club house were you can cook and shower and such. We like the place a lot. The owners, 2 brothers, are sailors,

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Re: Major Sailboar Refit - Florida Boatyards

More west central but salt creek is an option worth checking out. Draft is not a problem. Some of the best service anywhere is in the area. Ssmr rigging, jsi, mastry are all close. Dockhead a cf member I believe works out of there. I've met him there but didn't know him as dockhead.
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Many thanks for all your help and advice. Our boat is currently in the Fort Myers area but we will eventually (after hurricane season) be moving her north ready to sail home next spring. We need the work done before the crossing.We live in the UK.
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Many thanks for all your help and advice. Our boat is currently in the Fort Myers area but we will eventually (after hurricane season) be moving her north ready to sail home next spring. We need the work done before the crossing.We live in the UK.
The yard I posted is not far from your boat,

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