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Old 15-01-2022, 14:31   #1
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Need SS work in St. Martin

The pulpit on my boat is bent and needs repair. Maybe it can be bent back into shape, maybe it needs to be cut and welded. I'm sailing to St Martin around the first of Feb. Any chance of gettng it fixed there? Who should I contact? If St. Martin doesn't work out what's my next option as I head toward Grenada?

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Re: Need SS work in St. Martin

FKG Rigging, on the Dutch side next to Lagoonies bar.

EVERYONE inows Lagoonies.

I had them do some welding for me a couple of years ago. Very reasonable price.

While there I saw them doing all kinds of welding including custom stern arches.

They have docks so you can just motor up and have the work done.

Once you look around you realize it is a much bigger operation than it appears at first.

Call ahead and make a loose reservation.

Getting welding done in Grenada is possible, but much harder. I sailed from Grenada to St Martin in order to get my welding done.
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FKG Rigging, on the Dutch side next to Lagoonies bar.
I second that.... F*cking Kewl Guys. Get your rig looked over too if needed; they are the bomb!
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Thanks! Gave FKG a call and looks like they can help.
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Here is hoping you have a good experience.

If nothing else a great excuse to hang out at Lagoonies.
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I had a bad experience with FKG overcharging. Just saying.
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I wanted to get some work done there and was treated as very second-class. I guess they were busy with work on seven figure yachts and a 45 was beneath them, at least until they might need the work I guess.
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Do you mean their prices are high, or that they tried to charge for work they did not do?


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How much notice did they have that you were coming? I've had some less than great experiences with yards when I was a "walk in"
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Dunno if he's still there since the hurricane but there's a S African guy French side who is an artist when it comes to stainless work.. he designed, built and installed a solar/wind/dinghy arch for my Beneteau 331, see pic below, a beautiful job..
You can/could find him at the French lagoon entrance port side going out and before the bridge. There's pontoons on the bank in the channel or a concrete jetty maybe 50metres before the channel where you can tie up your dinghy then walk into the yard area and he's in one of the first workshops you come to..
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Re: Need SS work in St. Martin

Boatman;

Right here on my pink marker?

There is a little floating dock and they advertise PPG paints. You have to walk through the paint shop or squeeze around, walk back a bit and there are some craftsmen. I don’t know of a welder but that doesn’t mean he is not there.

These chaps are not always there because they may he working on a boat somewhere. Ask around. But also there is an occasional nautical rummage sale here, another info resource.

Or ask Shrimpy in the laundry, the other side if the bridge. That is the “Sandy Ground Bridge”.
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Re: Need SS work in St. Martin

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The pulpit on my boat is bent and needs repair. Maybe it can be bent back into shape, maybe it needs to be cut and welded. I'm sailing to St Martin around the first of Feb. Any chance of gettng it fixed there? Who should I contact? If St. Martin doesn't work out what's my next option as I head toward Grenada?

Thanks for any ideas!
As already recommended, FKG in Sint Maarten is the best, but are usually very busy. If you continue down, there are two good SS fabricators in Le Marin, Martinique right near the marina. Next is an excellent fabricator called "China Man" - (although he is originally from Malaysia) at the Rodney Bay boatyard in St. Lucia.
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