As a general strategy, look for yards that serve commercial fishing
boats rather than recreational yachts. Those guys are much more likely to respect your budget
, and are more likely to be equipped to do the major work you require. As for the watermaker
, what genset do you presently have? What's your battery
bank? You have several options - run it off the engine
, run it off the electricity, and run it off the rechargeable batteries. If you were on the Gulf coast
I'd have the perfect choice for you - DS Marine
in Carrabelle. They are currently sandblasting and painting my steel boat, and a morning's worth of certified seacock welding cost me $200.