|Saint Lucia||Service Providers|
Elvis Michaud - Mermaid Repairs
Elvis is gifted at structural fiberglass repair. He is the man all on the island call on if something is seriously awry on your boat. He knows and really understands all of the things that can go wrong with fiberglass and other advanced composites and has enough experience to figure out the best approach to repairs. He fairs, paints, and repairs just about anything in true Island style. If it isn't dead, Elvis will fix it. He's honest, sweet and good humored. Elvis and his team have fixed every thing on Eaux Vives from the transom seat to major problems with the structural members in the hull. He stripped and sealed the hull and keel and rebuilt the refrigerator. He has found and fixed the results of Eaux Vives' unfortunate encounter with a rock in the Pitons. All with good humor, professional communication and a clear explanation of the options, nature of the fix and photo documentation. Call on Dr. Elvis when things go wrong.
Kelly is the young buck giving Elvis a run for his money in the area of fiberglass finishing and Awlgrip painting. He's a fine, hardworking man who works to please. We've not had the money for painting, but I've watched a number of jobs Kelly has done and he looks like he's bringing boats back from the dead (or at least, back from the wars)
Electronics and Electricity and Engine
Egbert Charles - Marintek St. Lucia
Egbert has spent this winter building a fabulous shop. He is well organized and knowledgeable. He is a dealer for Northstar generators, Volvo engines and Newmar chargers. Since Eaux Vives independently came to the conclusion that these were the appropriate brands for us (except the generator), calling on Egbert was a matter of course. He recognized right off that our old generator was not suitable for the Volvo Penta Engine (which does not have a grounded block) and arranged to get us a new alternator. It now sits proudly in place of the compressor for the old engine driven refrigerator. He wired up the refrigerator and we now have ice! Limeade aboard Eaux Vives. Regular milk (not UHT) Livin' large thanks to Egbert..
Egbert's investment in his diagnostic tools and relationships with the major vendors will serve you well when it comes time to service your boat. These relationships consist of more than just a sticker in the window - Egbert has factory training, diagnostic tools and equipment plus access to parts. For us, just getting part numbers for our Volvo has been a nightmare back in the States - Egbert has on-line documentation and search facilities and computerized diagnostic tools. He's also a sailor with many years of experience as skipper: ask him about sailing with royalty.
Pride both removed and restored most of Eaux Vives' galley while we were gone over the summer. Since the boat appears to have been built around the galley, this is no mean feat. Elvis called on Pride to rebuild much of the interior of his own boat which had been rescued from the bottom of the sea. The new interior is spectacular. . I hope to get some pictures of that work soon.In the picture at left, Pride is installing a battery box in the former starboard aft cabin, now known as the "garage" on a permanent basis. A pleasure to work with, Pride will treat you to the fine yacht interior you deserve.
More conventional food distribution is available from JQ Mall. There is a dinghy dock at the southwest corner of the inner lagoon. Turn left after exiting the long alley and enter either of the two shopping malls on your right and left.. Both malls have well stocked, airconditioned general grocery store. The only notion it is "Island" comes from the occasional disappearance of rather common items for weeks or months at a time.We prefer JQ's(on your left) as they have local produce and better prices. There are smaller grocery stores in the Rodney Bay Marina and across the street behind Johnson's Hardware. The open market in Castries is huge and will get you the best prices and selection on local produce. The last couple of years have seen the introduction of a wonderful Saturday morning farmers market on the lawn in front of Island Water World.
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