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Recommendations: Good Workers in Cartagena

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 17, 2010 12:14 PM

Published: 2010-11-17 12:14:16
Countries: Colombia

While in Cartagena we had extensive work done on our Tayana 55, Moondancer. The following workers did excellent work at very reasonable prices, often 20-30% of US prices. However, best to buy paint, Sunbrella etc. in Panama or the US as Columbian prices are almost double Panamanian and US prices.

Renzon Herrera
Cell: 313 532 9894
Does very good sail and canvas work. He recut our jibs and made us a bimini, full enclosure, dodger and stackpack for 30-35% OF US prices. Sunbrella is very expensive in Cartagena, so if you can pick it up in Panama you will save 50% on the cost of the material.

Nilson Marcato
Cell: 315-323-5868
Is an outstanding carpenter who built us a beautiful cockpit table and with his assistant Javier completely relaid, recaulked, refastened and replugged our teak deck. Our teak deck is now functionally new for 10% of the US cost of a new teak deck. Nilson is hard working and honest and would make an excellent project manager for large jobs. However, you would need Alvaro the painter to translate.

Javier Estrada Garcia
Cell: 312 685 1565
Alvaro de la Rosa
Cell: 315 479 5472
Alvaro speaks excellent New York English, both do excellent fiberglass and paint work.

Emigdio Gonzales
Cell: 313 587 2064
Speaks excellent English and does US quality electrical work and also services gas stoves and watermakers. He is also the person to get starters, generators, alternators serviced and rewound.

Felix Malo
Cell: 311 410 5647
Does excellent computer work and can turn your laptop into a world wide chart plotter.

Bianny Torres, the stainless steel worker, was weeks late with a project and did poor work at US prices.

Club Nautico is a good marina to get work done but is very rough with poor security. Although in 9 weeks we personally did not have any trouble, others did.

Phil Kellett MD
s/v Moondancer

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