Originally Posted by sck5
"large, well-stocked chandleries everywhere that can provide most parts immediately and almost every imaginable part within 1 or 2 days."
true of St. Martin. True of Martinique
. Not so true in quite a few of the other islands. We spent quite a bit of time waiting for parts in St. Lucia. That was after completely striking out in St. Vincent. And our boat has a Yanmar
so we were hardly looking for nonstandard or rare parts. Better to be safe than sorry.
Also true of Puerto Rico
, St. Thomas, Guadeloupe
and Trinidad. Between Puerto Rico
and Trinidad, one is never more than a daysail away from a major supply point.
Definitely carry common engine
spares because there are so many makes and models of engines that chandleries will not be fully stocked for them (neither is West Marine
or Defender for that matter), although NAPA stores exist on all these islands and are well-stocked with filters, belts, etc, so make a cross-reference list for non-OEM engine
maintenance parts. Other non-engine parts are readily available everywhere. No need for spare regulators, solar
controllers, inverters and many other such things. And stuff like starters and alternators and electrical
motors can be rebuilt on almost any street in any country for very little money
. It is truly surprising how much of this type of work is done throughout Latin America - the cities seem chock full of autoelectric and motor
I do agree that a spare water
pump and toilet pump assembly (unless you have two heads) are worthwhile to have on board, as well as a spare reefer control unit, because these are systems one does not want down for very long while sourcing replacements