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Old 12-12-2016, 06:25   #16
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

Does Puerto Chico or Sun Bay have a lift?
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

I extracted this list from Noonsite previously while researching.

SAN JUAN
There are several small shipyards, which can handle yachts and do major repair work. There are also several chandleries in San Juan and the selection of marine supplies is good. Whatever is not available can be flown within 48 hours from mainland USA.
Puerto Rico Drydock and Marine Works
P O Box 13279 , San Juan 00908-0279 , Puerto Rico
Tel:787-723-0011 Fax:787-721-7109
operations@prdrydock.com
Hull/decks and steel works
San Juan Bay Marina
Stop 10, Fernandez Juncos Ave. , Santurce
Tel787) 721-8062 Fax787) 721-3127
Sharing your Passion for Life on the Water... , info@sjbaymarina.com
Opening hours: 0800-1800 daily.
Full service marina, fuel, laundry, chandlery. 200 Slips to 200 feet, 60 ton travel lift (able to take upto 30ft wide), full service yard. Fuel available at each slip.

FAJARDO
A good place to haul-out is Isleta Marina, where a boatyard offers repair facilities. There is a slipway and travelift, marine store and sailmaker. The adjacent marina offers the full range of services, fuel, water and electricity. There is a frequent launch service to Fajardo on the mainland, for good provisioning.
Inversiones Isleta Marina
Puerto Real Plaza , Fajardo , PR 00740
Tel:787-643-2180
luisdiaz@coqui.net
Boatyard facilities
Puerto Del Rey Marina
P.O. Box 1186 , km. 51.4, State Hwy. #3 , Fajardo, P.R. 00738
Tel:787-860-1000 Ext. 4202 Fax:809-863-5792 ,VHF Channel 16, 71
Puerto del Rey , marina@puertodelrey.com
A well-run marina, protected from the trade winds and very helpful staff. All facilities, fuel, Clearance services, laundry, chandlery, provisions, restaurant. comprehensive boatyard and haul-out facilities including those for multihulls, Hurricane storage, mechanics and riggers. Extensively upgraded 2014.
Villa Marina Yacht Harbour
PO Box 1071 , KM 1.3, State Rd 987 , Fajardo, PR 00783
Tel:787 863 5131 Fax:787 863 2320
http://www.villamarinapr.com/e_default.htm , gerente@villamarinapr.com
All facilities, fuel, mini-mart, pool, restaurant and bar, travel hoist, repairs.

PONCE
Llorens Boat Works

Tel:787-370-0278
llorensglasswork@yahoo.com
Contact Luis Llorens. Recommended for all types of boat work.
Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club can do the haulout.
Ponce Yacht & Fishing Club
Isla de Gata Sector La Guancha Playa de Ponce , Ponce , PR 00734
Tel:787-842-9003
nautico@coquinet.com
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

Some years back we spent 6 months at Isleta marina, Fajardo. Being offshore it was secure with a regular ferry to the mainland. people were very friendly and it was inexpensive as I remember.
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

Fajardo looks very interesting. I will fly down and check it out.

Seems there is 3 Marina's (jpeer did a great job of listing them) to look at.
I did find a listed stay-aboard in PDR Marina that is decently priced that is a pretty good option for us to experience the live aboard (at a Marina) conditions of a 34ft sailboat.
That's the range of size I'd be looking for.
I think that would be good for both of us.

If someone knows of others such the same offer, please let me know.

I also found a nice 3 bedroom within walking distance to the Ferry Line for 60K. Well, what I call nice means some work, but not crazy..
Being list price, and I being I, who knows what deals exist.
I need to walk about a bit and see the area.

Know a good buyer's realtor? Also interested.

Next is where to stay? How you guys getting there? And do you do to get there?

And you thought I won't ask questions.. lol
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Some years back we spent 6 months at Isleta marina, Fajardo. Being offshore it was secure with a regular ferry to the mainland. people were very friendly and it was inexpensive as I remember.
They say, every 10 minutes.. Sorry, but I don't believe that...
How 'regular' is it truly? Do you remember?

Hauling groceries back?
Large parts needed?
Any space over there to work on it?

I've also seen the listings over there.
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Does Puerto Chico or Sun Bay have a lift?
Puerto Chico does not have a lift. I don't think sun bay does but would have to check. Not sure what facilities have haul out on the south coast but I think on the north coast San Juan Bay marina has a lift.
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

Thanks for that. We will need to leave our boat for about 4 months, June through Sept. I'm loath to leave it in the water for that period. So it's looking like Puerto Del Rey is our only good option in PR.

I haven't gotten a response to my email yet.

How about the US VIs? I like to have a plan B.
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I've been using PDR for a base 3 years, I'm here now. Over all I'm very happy with this marina. It's not perfect but what ever is? There's a lot of benefits to staying in PR that my friends in the BVI don't have or have have to pay a lot more for. I just got a 15% discount on my slip.
Yes the place is huge, but they have great staff retention and I deal with the same helpful people every time. The restaurant has been redone and is under new management, much much better then before.The slips are a little tight but the race ways are the same size as the place I stay in Maine. Haul out and dry storage is easy. They are pros, I've seen those guys Haul out a 120' boat and take the same care they show mine. They let you work on you boat in the yard. Just be mindful of EPA rules.
I'll be coming back here in the future.
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

I received prices from PDR. They are ok but basically the same as Palmas del Mar. For the same price I'd choose Palmas. The haul out price is similar to Bobbies Mega Yard in SXM.

Stephan, what are the extra benefits to PR over what your friends have in BVI? I do know the BVI's are about twice as expensive per month, but that might not be bad if you are only going to base the boat there for 4 months.
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There is a lot of savings in airfare, car rentals, provisioning, also there are a lot more land based things to do and see in PR verses the BVI.
I spend a bunch of time in BVI and when lm there I use Nanny Key marine as a place to pick up guests, and to provision because it's close it the RiteWay supermarket and the fairy terminal.
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Re: Anyone here based in Puerto Rico?

Nobody seems to have mentioned Salinas on the south coast, so I will. This is a great anchorage and very sheltered. The Marina is small but always seems to have a few slips available. This is a stopping off place for cruisers heading for the BVI so there's always a community of sailors here. There's a snack bar at the marina with excellent free wi-fi where the cruisers gather each morning. Some long stay boats anchored in the bay have wi-fi boosters which they say work fine. Close to Ponce that has haul out if you need it and good stores nearby for groceries etc. We've been there for a few months at a time, there's a local chandlery, who will get stuff for you if they don't have it, and pretty quickly in our experience. Salinas is also a safe place to leave your boat except in a hurricane, no thieving, and people to take care of your boat whilst you're not there. I would say it's the best anchorage, and probably the cheapest marina in PR, well worth checking out.
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I know it's weird, but after nearly 7 years of boat based activities, I'm looking forward to being able to golf at a nice course. It might be nice for a change to just day sail and then return to a home marina. We haven't done that ever. So for us, we are really looking forward to a year in PR.
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Nobody seems to have mentioned Salinas on the south coast, so I will. This is a great anchorage and very sheltered. The Marina is small but always seems to have a few slips available. This is a stopping off place for cruisers heading for the BVI so there's always a community of sailors here. There's a snack bar at the marina with excellent free wi-fi where the cruisers gather each morning. Some long stay boats anchored in the bay have wi-fi boosters which they say work fine. Close to Ponce that has haul out if you need it and good stores nearby for groceries etc. We've been there for a few months at a time, there's a local chandlery, who will get stuff for you if they don't have it, and pretty quickly in our experience. Salinas is also a safe place to leave your boat except in a hurricane, no thieving, and people to take care of your boat whilst you're not there. I would say it's the best anchorage, and probably the cheapest marina in PR, well worth checking out.
Interesting. Talk to me.
Google doesn't show me a 'dry-dock/Lay-down area' for when I'm not there. Is there one?
It also looks like an 'all day' sail to the SVI's.

Plenty of Islands to play around, yet to check anchorage spots on those.

If based there, How's the waters?
I think I'm seeing some good snorkeling on a few.
Talk to me please.
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Sue from Growltiger has some blog posts on the south coast, including Salinas. She mentions the SSCA hosts and local knowledge sailing routes. We have not cruised the south coast yet.

Growltiger

Sue is the admin for the Cuelbra, PDR and Vieques Cruisers groups on Facebook.

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Sorry i don't have a lot of info on the southern side. Only been there a couple times. I'll see if I can check it out sometime.
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