Originally Posted by Adventurer1
I need to build a total interior and refit the standing rigging. The boat is currently in St. Maarten.
Like Hud wrote, use FKG rigging for that. The interior is more difficult, especially if you want it done for a very good price
. I know two places though:
- the shipwright at Grenada Marine
in St Davids Harbour in Grenada
. The owners name is Fred (US expat) and he employs a Portuguese/Brazilian shipwright (forgot his name) who is the real thing. It's a place where some big & famous classic yachts go for major work. I had some small jobs done there and it was 1st rate. I think you work something out if you want to do some or most of the work yourself. When we were there they also took a young Swede (Dave) in as an apprentice.
- Conrad used to work in St Maarten but he moved his business to Curacao Marine
in Willemstad, Curacao
. The work I have seen from him was 1st class too but I have no direct experience.
I also saw work done in Trinidad that looked really good but I don't know who did those jobs. I think Trini will be the best option cost-wise and if your rig is still okay enough to sail there, there also a very good rigger: Jonas at Trinidad Rigging, located at Peake's Yard. Nice person (taught me how to rig & tune my boat) and 1st class work.
So, in your shoes I would replace the rigging with FKG in St Maarten, sail down to Grenada to check with the shipwright there and if that doesn't work out, sail to Trini and do it there.