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Captains’ consistently positive recommendations for Woodstock Boatbuilders affirm their long-standing reputation as one of the most dynamic refit, repair and project Management companies in Antigua and the entire Caribbean. A few examples of glowing Captains’ feedback are listed below:
“I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and your team for the time you took to discuss every design and project, be it metal, teak or carbon, the late night repairs, re-design of spinnaker blocks, carbon burgee pole, creative use of materials for new windlass bearings, custom machined stainless deck fittings and chocks for tenders, you really just took it in your stride!”
The company was founded in 1990 by Andrew Robinson, who trained at the International Boatbuilding Training Centre in England. The team at Woodstock Boatbuilders quickly developed from a small woodworking business into a much larger company with a broad base of skills – cementing them as a genuine, fully-fledged refit / repair operation that caters to each individual yacht’s unique needs. This evolutionary growth has come about by building a solid reputation: keeping quality and service as the foremost issue at all times, and having a commitment to working beyond ‘normal hours’ – as and where necessary. Andrew has structured his staff (40+ at peak times) to include highly experienced project managers (who really understand the needs of the yachts they work with) along with specific managers to look after specialist services. This organizational structure enables them to efficiently carry out major jobs, both in season and through the summer. Woodstock boasts a state-of-the-art boathouse (a 180 ft. x 100 ft. Category 5 hurricane resistant building) at North Sound Boatyard, Crabbs Peninsular.
Woodstock Boatbuilders is a factory-authorised agent for Teak Decking Systems, and many of their previous major refits have included complete re-decking jobs as well as paint refinishing and a substantial number of engineering, systems analysis and stainless steel & alloy fabrication works. They have also carried out authorised warranty works aboard a number of new build yachts. Besides their dedicated carpentry facility (that includes GRP / carbon / composites repairs); they also have a well-equipped machine shop and engineering department offering fabrication, machining and welding with materials as diverse as titanium, stainless steel, alloys, cupro-nickel and bronze and plastics. (See ‘Mechanical Engineering’ section for full details.)
Every season, many yachts come specifically from other island home ports to make use of Woodstock’s services. Past seasons have even seen loyal yachting clients chartering helicopters to fly the Woodstock paint crew over to other islands to carry out works! (see ‘Painters / Varnishers / Dayworkers’ section for more details). Through all of this business’s growth, they still maintain the saying that ‘no job is too small’. Whatever one's needs, Andrew and his competent team are always ready to go. As one captain affirmed: “After five years of cruising the Caribbean to the East Coast of the USA to Canada and back through the Panama Canal to Alaska, the TDS deck laid by Woodstock in Antigua was the best we have ever had.”
The mechanical engineering workshop at Woodstock Boatbuilders, also renowned carpenters, comes highly-recommended again from last season’s reviews. As an agent for brands such as Yanmar, Racor, Westerbeke, Beta Marine Engines and Fischer Panda Generators, this company is highly-qualified to troubleshoot and service all superyacht diesel engine problems – from servicing to complete engine rebuild and replacements. They also service and repair exhaust systems, carry out injector testing; and overhaul / repair plumbing systems and refrigeration / air-conditioning units (see ‘Refrigeration / Air Conditioning’).
Their well-equipped machine shop and engineering department can also undertake hydraulics work, metal fabrication, MIG / TIG welding, windlass servicing and repairs plus installation and servicing of pumps and associated systems.
Their skilled welders, engineers and HVAC technicians (see also ‘Welding’ section) have a wealth of over 35 years engineering experience whilst encompassing the most up-to-date product-specific training; essential for diagnostics and rectification of engine and a/c problems. Woodstock can also source and supply a large range of spares and parts for fast delivery.
Welding / Fabrication
Woodstock's expansive metal fabrication / machine and engineering workshops are complemented by technical ‘In-house’ design and AutoCad capabilities. From their fully equipped machine workshops, the Woodstock Boatbuilders skilled welders and machinists carry out amazing design, fabrication & machining projects working with diverse materials including: titanium, stainless steel, alloys, cupro-nickel pipework and bronze as well as plastics, Delrin and Vesconite. They can also undertake MIG & TIG welding projects and come highly recommended in all aspects of welding & fabrication from design through to machining, fabrication, finishing and polishing.
“I just wanted to thank you all for the excellent services you provided us with and I will pass the word on how good you guys are”.
G.R.P/ Carbon / Composite - Fabrication & Repairs
The Woodstock refit team in Antigua can undertake the fabrication and repair of all manner of high tech Superyacht onboard fittings and equipment including rigging and spars. They will also follow through and deliver on any refit requirements including GRP, high performance Composites, Perspex and Plastics. They work with a large range of ‘State of the art’ materials including Carbon, Kevlar, Fibreglass, Perspex, Nylon, Delrin, Vesconite and UHMW and also carry Corian, Belonzoni & marble maintenance products. …A large stock of composite fibres, resins, custom moulds and tooling, along with their professionally capable team of craftsmen, ensures that complex projects can be professionally and efficiently tackled, “In-house”, with one project manager from outset to successful job completion.
Captains’ recommendations include: “I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and your team for the amazing service, advice and work you completed on board sailing yacht Tenaz during the winter - The time you took to discuss every design and project, whether it be metal, teak or carbon, was well received by all on board.”
Marble Polishing / Corian Works
Woodstock’s technical support – from marble experts in New York to in-house cutting and finishing equipment – allows them to undertake complex issues relating to marble finishes and installation. They also stock a full range of Bellinzoni marble restoration products.
Paint Finishing / Refinishing
Woodstock have an in-house climate controlled spray shop to ensure dust free, fine finishes when undertaking ‘off the yacht’ paint and varnish projects. Being fully aware that preparation is key, they have a dedicated sand blasting room to facilitate excellent preparation. As specialists in Awlgrip application, Woodstock also undertake full hull and superstructure finishing and refinishing paint projects and their team of skilled varnishers can finish the project by either undertaking complete ‘back to bare wood’ projects or give a yacht a quick couple of, ‘sand and varnish,’ face lift coats – either way ensuring to always achieve that special high gloss finish. Every season sees the Woodstock paint team carrying out impressive onboard and in-house projects for satisfied customers with past seasons even seeing loyal yachting clients chartering helicopters to fly the Woodstock paint crew to carry out works at other island locations!
Refit / Repair / Project Management
Captains recommendations we received last season for Woodstock Boatbuilders affirm their long-standing reputation as one of the most dynamic refit, repair and project Management companies in Antigua and the entire Caribbean. An example of glowing Captains’ feedback is listed below:
“My expectations have been surpassed, the staff at Woodstock put their heart and soul into the project, the quality and service was superior to many of the better-known large yards in Europe or the USA. They did an immense amount of work in a very short time, even working over Christmas to ensure we met our deadline”.
What started off for Woodstock as more of a woodworking business, has developed over the years into a much larger concern, with a broad base of skill set and capabilities that enable Woodstock to promote themselves as a fully fledged refit / repair operation. Woodstock’s staff include highly experienced Project Managers who really understand the needs of the yachts they work with. Their summer refits can be carried out in possibly the Caribbean’s most ‘state of the art’ boathouse – a 180’ x 100’ Cat5 hurricane resistant building at North Sound Boatyard, in Crabbs peninsular.
As one prime Captain’s ‘thank you’ testimony relates: “You do things the way they should be done. I congratulate you on your management and professionalism before; during and after the work period - also, thank you to all the guys who put in extra hours to get the job done. You are reliable and communicative. You generally do not take on more than you can handle and if you do it is discussed so that everyone concerned is in the know. If things change or you cannot make an appointment you communicate it. I always knew at what stage various jobs were at, where you were and you were politely receptive to me reminding you and bugging you about things in general.”
Refrigeration / Air Conditioning
The technicians in Woodstock’s HVAC/R department really recognise the importance of the smooth running of a superyacht’s refrigeration and A/C systems and are well acquainted with all onboard systems aspects of refrigeration and air-conditioning. Offering 24/7 callout services and carrying the latest test equipment, they are able to quickly analyze and trouble shoot any fault in any system on both the mechanical and electronic control side. They are agents for many of the major brands including Marine Air & Cruisair (Dometic), Isotherm, Isotemp & Condaria and keep a large inventory of gases and spares in stock.
“Woodstock are dynamic, professional & help me fix all these difficult jobs you can’t get contractors to finish properly. Excellent !”
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