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Recommendations for an excellent mechanic in Puerto Ayora (Academy Bay)

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 22, 2015 07:05 AM

Published: 2011-06-27 10:36:30
Countries: Galapagos

Martin Schryer is the owner of two of the small cruise ships operating on the Galapagos Islands. He is from Germany but has been living on Galapagos most of his life.

Since it is very difficult to find specific parts on Galapagos especially if it is urgent, Martin is used to solve whatever problem coming up. I had a whole list of parts in stainless steel that I wanted him to manufacture. He gave me a very reasonable quote the next day, this was a Thursday and he told me that everything should be ready at Tuesday by noon. Everything was ready by Monday morning.

I would say that Martin is capable to solve almost any mechanical problem that a boat owner might experience. For us, for example, he fixed two rigging wires that were necessary to replace. This at a place where it would take at least one month to get the right rigging terminals, from US or somewhere else. Martin is also manufacturing his own watermakers which most small cruise ships operating in the Galapagos area are using.

Martins home, office and workshop is located at the last gate on the left side on the way to Tortuga Bay. Tel: +593-5-2526294, email:

Ludvig Hammarberg
Skipper on Swedish S/V Mary

vibesparre says:
Aug 20, 2015 03:52 PM

Recommendation for boat repairing facilities in Galapagos

On July 13. 2015 we left Galapagos Islands on our boat, Danish Blue, to go to Marquesas. About 1000 nm out, we hit something - most likely a whale. The rudder was pushed backwards and the fibreglass broke where the ruddershaft was attached. Luckily we did not loose the rudder, but we had to bolt it tightly with bolts and pieces of wood we had on board. Also, we could not steer. To be safe, we had to return to Galapagos.

At Galapagos we got in touch with Martin Schreyerg, a German guy who lives and works at Puerto Ayora at Santa Cruz Island. He was a great help. He speaks English fluently, and he was capable of making any kind of repair on the boat such as fibreglass, welding, etc. We needed to continue to Ecuador mainland (Stewart Yates, Puerto Lucia) to get the boat hauled out, which is not possible at Galapagos. Martin was effective and thorough - in one week he had our rudder taken out, repaired enough to work for the trip to the mainland (650 nm), put back in and fastened with stainless steel. We were afraid we would be stuck at Galapagos for at least a month, but Martins great work made it possible for us to leave again after exactly one week.

We are so grateful for Martins help, effectiveness and expertise and wish to recommend him and his workers to anyone who needs repair done at or around the Galapagos Islands.

Martin Schreyerg's mail is:

Christians Arp-Hansen
Danish Blue, Denmark