Lining up the contractors
15 January 2008 | Prickly Bay
One of the first things you need to do when you get into a port where you plan to do work on the boat is to get any contractors you will need lined up. There's always a lead time and the sooner you get parts and services going the better shot you have at completing things. We have been trying to find some folks to help us with three key projects involving Fiberglass, Rigging and Canvas.
When we got to Grenada we were on the fence as to whether we would stay long enough to get much work done. We have to pick up my parents in Caracas on the 4th of February so we thought Puerta La Cruz might be a better place to do work. We've heard that it is very economical and it is also close to Caracas. On the other hand Grenada has a well stocked Budget Marine and Island Water World, our Spanish is poor to non existent and we no nothing first hand about Puerta La Cruz.
Our friend Rock Charles (459-1971) has a nice van and runs a taxi service. He also does fantastic island tours and knows a tremendous amount about the history of Grenada. Rock took us to the store yesterday and to get our mail. After discussing the projects we were working on he hooked us up with two great connections. Johnny Sails for canvas work and Brent Joseph for fiberglass and gel coat work. We had already found a source for deck hardware in Turbulence so it looked like we might be able to get everything done. We would have to leave Grenada for Venezuela by the 29th of January at the latest.
We had a good meeting with Johnny Sails and with Brent (Brent and his partner Ian shown in the picture). After some discussion Hideko and I decided to try to squeeze in all of the work on our A list in Grenada. It would be close. Brent couldn't start until Saturday the 19th, Johnny couldn't start until Wednesday the 23rd and Richard at Turbulence couldn't come by until Monday the 21st. With the Grenada Regatta coming up on the 26th it would be close.