There are people in this world that make me a very happy man, I am glad to have found so many good ones in the Algarve Portugal. Allow me to introduce you to the specialists!
These guys cover mostly Lagos, Alvor, Portimao, Vilamora but to some extent Albufeira, Faro and onwards.
Rigging specialist, they don’t come any better than Peter. Peter is a keen racer who everyone wants on board – that should say it all. Very happy to help, always very jolly and has the cutest dog. His biggest gripe is seeing other yachts in the marina with terrible rigging and now that I know what to look for it’s something I also notice.
His mobile is 937021343
Sail and canvas specialist, hail Mike the legend that has helped me with so many problems and taught me much more than I ever expected. I love this guy he is a great teacher and has many tales, of course he is renowned for his canvas work and has a workshop in Portimao.
Surveyor in Algarve, has to be Jeff Aylott. So many sailors have opinions, we all think we know it all, and it’s hard to know which one is right or what’s best. When it comes to an unbiased opinion and especially hull issues such as osmosis he’s your man.
Painting and GRP Specialist, Vasille at slick hull blew my socks away. He is young and puts the effort into his work like nobody I have seen, I can honestly say I have not seen such a high level of quality and effort from anyone quite like this guy – he takes pride in his work and I am sure he would like to put his signature on the finished products. He has his own sandblasting gear and his reputation speaks for itself.
Electrical Specialist, Peter is his name and I went through a number of electricians (, this guy was very good. There are a number of good electricians around with good reps.
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Engine / Mechanical Specialist, Ralph a German guy who lives up to the German reputation but with a sense of humour! Blue water also has a good reputation with a Kiwi mechanic, if he still works there.
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The above are all some of the best independent contractors whose quality can be assured. Ask about in Marinas and if unsure just get a surveyor to do the job at least that way you have someone to come back to. Great thing about the Algarve is that there are plenty of places to take your boat out, it’s cheap and for osmosis treatment the warm dry summer climate and the specialists here make it a great option.
If you need something fabricating try the fishermen’s workshops furtherdown past the gates out towards the spit of the river in Portimao – their English is quite good, all you need is a technical drawing.
And remember … you can probably do the job yourself! But specialist are specialists for a reason. Alternatively you can get one of the shipyards to do all the work they have all the skills in house.
A great hardware store can be found in Portimao just down from Pingo Dolce another 50m just before the bridge across to the boat yard, electrical store can be found