A cadre of boatyards - Cuba’s future recreational vessel repair facilities
By Don Barr | CubaCruising.net
When the political climate changes in Cuba, and more boaters are cruising its waters, will opportunities exit for them to have quality work done at Cuban yards? I enthusiastically think so.
Having completed several boat building and repair projects in Cuba over the last ten years, I have observed Cuba’s well-sheltered bays and have worked in its many boat yards using their respective equipment and labor. Currently, there are no travel lifts at any yard in Cuba, and hauling is done with marine railways or large cranes. Though the machinery is old, the yards are generally well equipped and accommodate large vessels with panamax-size drydocks.
Since most yachts arriving from the north will likely cruise west around the island, this article focuses on the seven main boat yards located in the area spanning Havana to Cienfuegos.
The author talks about the following boatyards in Cuba:
Astigal in Casablanca
Chullima on the Almendares River
Nueva Gerona on the Isla de la Juventud
La Esperanza and Los Arroyos