- - Having been in Grenada on my monohull
sailboat since 2004 (Hurrican Ivan) with frequent trips to Trinidad each year and also up island each winter season - (whew, that was long) - I have seen the two boatyards in main island of Grenada cycle between good to awful each season. It is almost like they meet and decide who will the awful yard this coming season. So it is important to talk to other cruisers who have experience "this season" with which one is the currently designated the awful yard.
- - Trinidad has 4 boatyards available to cruisers and they also alternate, but usually only one assumes the "awful" role per season.
- - I track the prices of haul-outs costs continuously for all the boatyards from the Virgins to Trinidad. Most of them post prices on the web, so doing a spreadsheet is not a problem. The boatyards from Grenada to Trinidad "amazingly" charge within 10% of each other when all the costs are added up for a one week haul-out. So which boatyard you choose is not going to save you any money
(in my size boat
the max difference was US$100). But - the independent or yard contracted auxiliary work can vary significantly in cost and quality as can the cost of purchasing
supplies. Trinidad has the 15% sales tax on all supplies except those used and applied by a local contractor. Grenada sells the supplies "duty free/ tax free". That difference can add up to significant money
and since I am a D-I-Y kind of guy shifts my preferences go to Grenada. On the other hand, in Trinidad, if you know where and how to buy your supplies you do not have to pay the 15% sales tax.
- - Bottom line, almost every boatyard goes through being "bad, etc." and then can cycle to "good, friendly" the next season. Ask around amongst the other cruisers currently having work done to find out who is this year's good/bad. Especially in Trinidad you need to get recommendations from current
cruisers as to "contractors" as you can get really seriously burned picking one at random.