I had extensive exterior work done to my Morgan
33 Out Island at La Cieba Shipyard. By the way, Greg at Lagoon
Marina is a great guy, straight shooter and the marina is run like a US yard. La Ceiba shipyard was built by an American and it WAS probably run properly, but that is not the case anymore. I will strongly recommend that if you must go there, the only thing i would let them do is dry dock your boat for the season if you have no other choice of yards. The yard was secure and i didn't have anything stolen from the boat after it was there almost 6 months.
I removed all the deck
fittings and the swim platform in prep for painting personally and explained to the painters what i was expecting. Every couple weeks i would fly back to see how the progress was coming along and do work on the interior
. I was in shock when i found that the hull
was not faired out as we talked about, just simply repainted. So they said that they would fair it, and repaint, all they did in the end was sand and put on another coat, no fairing, so they charged me twice to paint
even though it did not come out one bit better.
Then the topside was to be painted. they left the weatherstrips in place around the hatches and painted right over top of them. I went around the boat with a red marker showing all the places that needed to be filled and sanded, it was so bad the boat looked like a red and white poka dot sheet after i was done. They never covered the hatches with plastic while spraying so the overspray when all over the interior
of the boat and in the engine
room. It had to be done a third time after this!
I spoke with the manager/owner Giovanni about this after the first top side painting and showed his brother the job. They admitted that the work was very bad and needed to be redone. I made clear that this was the yards mistake and that it should be redone at the expense of the yard which would make sense. More about that later. The painter was so mad that i insulted his work and threatened me that "if we were in Roatan things would be different". He wouldn't tell me that day what he meant. I gave him $250 pre-tip just to calm him down so he would paint
the boat again, for the third time. Couple days later we were working on the deck
together and he was so happy to tell me that he murdered two people by shooting them with his gun and spent several years in prison over this. Seems he was quite proud of himself. Tells you alot about the type of people over there.
The final job was about 20% better than previous, but i had to get out of there before the hurricanes come farther south. When i came to get my bill, the long and short of it was that they charged me for each and every single
hour or labor and piece or material to do the boat twice or three times as the case was. Then Giovanni gave me 15% discount on the total. So he charged me 100% more for the paint job and took 15% off. Nice. It was a ransom price
, Giovanni avoided me for the next few days and then left back to Roatan i was told by the employees. Apparently that is standard procedure for the yard. When they know you must leave, they just sit and wait for you to pay. They win the waiting game
. I had to pay it, no cash, no splash. Over all, there are good people in Honduras
, very few in La Ceiba. I hope never to go back to La Ceiba ever again. Probably how many of these others feel about Mexico.
I am sure at one time this was a good yard with the American owner, but it is not anymore. The yard was given to Giovanni and his brother to manage by their wealthy and very hard working father. They never earned the yard and they do not respect what it takes to earn respect and they have no clue what customer service
is. Avoid the place is my recommendation.