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Our boat was 4 years in the Caribbean.
Trinidad was our first overwinter. Excellent facilities, and easy access to anything you need sorting on your boat. Chagueramas is shielded by mountains to the east, and I found it particularly hot to work on the boat - no wind at all. So if you can stand the heat - an ideal location. (I am presuming you are leaving the boat and not living aboard).
Next year we went to Clarke’s Court for haul out.Newly established and infrastructure on shore still developing (3 years ago).
Due to parents’ ill health we had to miss a season and the boat stayed ashore for 18 months.
Boatyard was fine and the yard had improved greatly since we had left the boat. Unfortunately what Bill says is true. The summer is brutal, not so much when you are afloat, but with the boat on land for so long many things got affected by heat. Many rubber parts, like screwdriver handles and electric appliances deteriorated badly. The (old) TV antenna landed on the deck in pieces - the plastic having gone very brittle - as did the sail chafe discs on the spreaders. The newish fridge stopped working and wouldn’t hold a re-gas. I don’t think this would have been the case if we had been able to relaunch after 6 months.
I personally rate Grenada more than Trinidad. Very friendly island, lovely people and again you can get any job done somewhere. And the trade winds blow!! Also, once you’re afloat you can shakedown cruise around the south coast and always have somewhere nice to hole up if you need bits and pieces or work done. In Trinidad you only have a very busy Chagueramas.
We had no problem with our insurers for both of these locations (pre Irma). Our present insurers, Y Yachts, had a much more favourable excess clause than our previous company. You do need to compare the named storm clauses and the storage requirements on an insurance policy. Y Yachts was recommended to me, and I have recommended it to others - there policy is plain language is available on the web. And from experience they do sort claims out very efficiently!!
We are back in UK waters now - and still keep bumping in to Bill and Laurie on Toodle-oo!
Have a great time, and if you have the chance spend some time in the Cape Verde islands.
Ian and Linda