I have a 14.5 meter older classic
schooner in Palma de Mallorca. She had a teak overlay on fiberglass
deck with stainless steel
fastenings. Over time stainless erodes and water
gets into the balsa core
- etc. etc. And I had many thru deck fittings and about 14 electric
winches as well as hydraulic hose thru deck connections. A real nightmare.
So I found out about this company Ocean Refit in Palma. They took off all of the fittings, winches etc. etc., removed the old teak deck and then the outer layer of the fiberglass
sandwich, only to find a rotten balsa core
- which they also removed.
They replaced the core, then glassed that in and finally epoxy'd a new teak deck to the outer core layer. Then finally replaced selected deck fittings (I mean who needs 14 deck winches on a schooner!) mooring cleats
, vents, etc., etc.
was less than 30,000 Euros! I was flabbergasted! They did a spectacular, professional job. The people were excellent and "knew their stuff". I couldn't be happier with the result.
I've had other work done on my Hinckley 50 yawl a couple of years back. Again, professional workmanship and fair price.
Here's the deal: Mallorca is a relatively small island and boat repair and maintenance
is a major industry with lots of competition. Incompetents and scam artists don't last long because the boating
community and word travels fast. The competition favors the best job for the lowest price.
If you're in Spain - Mallorca is where it's at!
HARDSHIP II (Palma)
CYGNUS (Mt Desert, Maine)