There are D-I-Y yards all the way from Puerto Rico
to Trinidad. However, the costs of hauling and blocking, etc. varies quite a bit. Unrestricted access to local laborers also varies. I use local laborers to do the "muscle" work under my direct supervision and participation. Which is better than my trying to physically do the "hard" stuff myself like sanding
or rolling on paint
- - Travelift sizes also varies considerably. The older yards have "monohull" sized travelifts and cannot handle large catamarans. Also there are very few yards that can haul large ketch
sailboats due to having only "short" travelifts.
- - Some great yards only have "cranes" or railway systems to get your boat out of the water
. I am not a big fan of lifting a large boat with a crane although many French yards do that.
- - So the search for Caribbean boatyards
has a lot to do first with the size/type of your boat along with access to materials and supplies. Location is probably the next major factor as sailing for weeks to get to a more economical yard can quickly zero out any cost savings. Lastly, how and who you want to do the work and how much assistance you want plays a role. Access, quality and reputation of specialized trades is also a factor.
- - So you need to set down all your requirements before you can say that this yard or that yard is good, best, cheapest, etc. If you cannot get what you want done, then that place is a waste of time and money
. All boatyards are not created equal as the expression goes. . .