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Old 23-06-2012, 20:27   #1
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Refit in the Pacific

I find myself in possession of a 37' aluminum sloop that is in desperate need of a proper re-fit. Unfortunately, the vessel, which is in Japan at the moment, finds itself in a country that doesn't really have a clue about how to do this. So... I am thinking about sailing/motoring it to China or Taiwan or possibly the Philippines. While I was browsing yatchhub the other day, I noticed a factory in Cebu that was building a Mumby 48 aluminum cat that seems to have the required expertise and equipment, at least with respect to aluminum welding.

I'm curious if anyone has had any experience getting refits done in this part of the world.

The interior in completely stripped out except for the chart table, electric panel, engine and head.

Here's a short list of work to be done:

- hard stand
- tear out remaining interior stations, plumbing and wiring
- sandblast the interior to bare aluminum
- modest amount of aluminum welding and fabrication work (want to close up the boat as much as possible)
- relocate engine (currently over the keel) and establish new propeller shaft location)
- establish deck step (currently keel stepped) for new mast and rigging
- epoxy paint the interior
- plumbing and wiring
- re-bed deck fittings
- lay down insulation and interior surfaces
- carpentry and joinery and other misc interior finishing
- exterior welding (davit and bimini work)
- step and rig mast

I have a 20' ISO container of tools and materials and supplies that can be shipped fairly easily.

Any ideas about who/where I might be able to get some help?
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Old 23-06-2012, 23:16   #2
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Re: Refit in the Pacific

I havn't had any boat work done in the Philippines but looked into it over a few years.

The main places that come to mind are Carmen (Cebu), Subic Bay and Port Bonbonon(Negros). If time and money permit I'd suggest lining up a few places and then going there and talking to the managers before bringing the boat.
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Old 23-06-2012, 23:29   #3
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Re: Refit in the Pacific

They've built a ton of sailboats in Taiwan. I don't have any specific recommendations. I've heard from many many businessmen that you must check everything twice in China.
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