Originally Posted by Lanevdl
Can anyone recommend a reputable yard in South East Asia to replace our teak deck
on a 45ft yacht.
We are in the South Pacific
with the intention of sailing over the next couple of years to Asia.
I'm thinking, mainly because of labour costs and that's where teak grows that somewhere in Asia would be better to have the teak replaced as opposed to in New Zealand
where the workmanship would be top notch along with the price
I don't want cheap and nasty, I want cheap and great.
I have direct personal experience of this. I have known many boats go through this process, and a good number of them have done it in South East Asia. There is, in my honest and knowledgeable (in this case) opinion one outstanding absolute winner. If you are lucky enough to get her time and team, you NEED to get to Phuket Boat Lagoon
and engage the absolutely incomparable
services of Nai, aka Chamrat Chooprasert, and her husband "Toe", at Phuket Inter Woodwork co.
You will not be disappointed.
There are others, such as Precision in the same boatyard. Precision is run by an Aussie, Scott, and is also excellent, but is hard to get time booked in and by and large much more expensive. It is in no way better, and honestly, I reckon Nai is in many ways the best in the world. She has the best attitude you will find anywhere, in any boatyard on earth. Last year a friend of mine and now retired commercial
seaman on large ships turned large shipbuilder with his own major project
management company operating in Korea
, and China
, after having his own 53 foot sloop
redecked and in many areas rebuilt by Nai, told me that in his opinion she was the best shipbuilding project
manager on earth that he has ever met. I cannot disagree. Anything you ask her, pretty much, there is no tooth sucking, just a serene smile on her face, followed by a brief nod, and the word "Can…" . And you can expect whatever she agrees to to be done, within time and within the quote, often with extra work thrown in for little or nothing. Her prices are superb by comparison to any first world nation and most second, but the quality of the work is something to behold!
Others have gone for perhaps cheaper options in the same boatyard, or in others dotted around SE Asia, such as others in Phuket, or Penang or others. Many have been disappointed. Many frustrated. Some ripped off.
Go see Nai.