How to be Successful in a Shipyard, Splash Down of Angelique… #26

When you chose to put your boat in a Shipyard, it is stressful and expensive! Sometimes you don’t have a choice, something goes wrong and you have to get it in for some work. A few tip on “How to be successful in a Boatyard” even if it is in a foreign country.

Things to pay attention to:

  1. List of items you want/need fixed?
    • Keep track of what you want done
    • Get good solid bids
    • Understand yard cost for haul out and the skills of contractors by seeing prior work and quotes. Look for discounts
    • Track what else they find while doing the required work
    • Will the yard allow you to work on stuff DIY? (some yards don’t)
  2. Plan for additional time and cost in yard
    • They will find other items and you will have to make a decision
    • Plan for 25 – 50% more, depending on age of your boat
    • Choices to make, Do you fix now or later?
    • Can you fix yourself?
  3. Haul-out Cost Money & Time
    • Having your boat leak or break costs more money than preventive work
    • You will have to pay again later if you wait and it fails

Ways to Help Them Help YOU:

  1. Be on-site every day
    • This helps you monitor what they are doing
    • You can review what they find, right then and there
    • Keeps them honest and actively working
    • Do you have to rent a place nearby? Do it
  2. Reduce your cost
    • Make sure you have a project manager overseeing everything, all contractors, his workers and others.
    • Can you stay on board? Most shipyards allow for this with afterhours water usage
    • Can you do work yourself, are there any restrictions?
    • Bring your buddies to help you out
    • If it can wait, and be done in the water, wait.
  3. Have a good relationship with workers and Project Manager
    • US or Mexico, you get more done with sugar than vinegar!
    • Try and understand both sides of a story
    • Mexicans are much more relationship based than US
    • Be nice and grateful for their hard work
    • Mexicans work 6 or 7 days a week
    • They only make 1000-1500 pesos a day = to $5.00 to $7.50 a day
    • They work hard and have great skills

Recap of Our Mexican Boat Haul-out Event:

  • 8 different suppliers working on our yacht
  • 60 Days on hard
  • 82 Overhaul days (22 in water)
  • 8 New pieces of “Boat jewelry”, e.g.; shiny expensive metal parts for boat
  • 3 Non -boat Adventure days while being overhauled
  • 5 days off for Dan/Angela
  • 250  1+ mile Bike rides (rode bicycles everywhere)
  • 9 Repeat restaurants
  • 51 breakfasts at shipyard “yacht club” restaurant. It was great!
  •  2 Restaurants with 5-star quality
  • 7 Ice cream store visits
  • 5 Malecon vendor buys
  • 240 dirty/grey ankles, washing needed (ours)
  • 2 pair of destroyed shoes (1 each)
  • 20 lbs of cardboard floor covering
  • 3 bottles of bug spray
  • 2 bottles of sunscreen
  • 2 tired boat owners
  • 1 shiny gorgeous boat

Review of work done @ A SHIPYARD STORY ….#24

FYI – Video of boatyard lift and splash, may take a bit to load. Also few more photos below!




Next Up…. more adventures on the water, with our pretty new boat!


7 thoughts on “How to be Successful in a Shipyard, Splash Down of Angelique… #26”

  1. I’m so happy that it went off safely and there were no problems getting her back in the water!

    1. Thanks Sam, we have one last adjustment to do tomorrow. Had to set her back in water after the shaft packing completion. Next is the engine Alignment to assure shafts are aligned correctly with engines. Crossing fingers!! 🤞🤞

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