A new boatyard in St Kitts and a new marina in St Maarten are new facilities in the Caribbean islands which give superyachts more options. The recently opened yard, operated by St Kitts Marine Works Ltd (SKMW), is already gaining a positive reputation with large craft as its 165-tonne travel lift offers some of the best facilities in the islands. It is also able to offer dry-stack space for superyachts up to about 30m (100ft) and can compete with PeakeYacht Services in Trinidad and Puerto Del Rey Marina, which offer similar capacity facilities.

Commenting on the yard’s progress, Regiwell Francis, director, indicated that the first phase of the full EC$5.7m development had cost EC$800,000. He also emphasised that the location of St Kitts made it convenient for the Eastern Caribbean area, and that capacity in the yard would be welcomed because of the pressure on other refit yards in places such as Antigua and St Martin. In the time of hurricanes or other major storms, that yard can also provide a sheltered site.

SKMW can cope with yachts up to 36.5m (120ft) with a width of 11m (36ft) and a draft of 4.2m (14ft). The dry stack area presently covers 12 acres but this will rise to 26 acres within two years. The yard has 24-hour security and can perform a wide range of services including sandblasting, welding, electrical and engine work.

In St Maarten the new Porto Cupercoy marina is due to open this November. Located at the western end of Simpson Bay Lagoon, this high quality development will include a 54-berth marina, 11 of which will be for large yachts up to 91m (300ft). Apart from the marina there will be high-class residential and commercial accommodation with the aim of it becoming a yachting based hub in this part of the Caribbean.