Thanks. Very helpful. What’s A&A? FKG? MPS? A friend in the business pointed me to chippy.I've spent 2.5 of the last 3 years in the Caribbean, and have done a lot of boat projects. Sint Maarten is the place to go for granular technical work or work that needs a lot of parts. I recently paid $60-$90/hr for very skilled and efficient workers during a rig survey and refit. Machining custom parts was $95, welding was $85. FKG is far and away the best rigger in the Caribbean. Tradesmen in Sint Maarten are used to the demands of the megayachts, it's quite competitive, and in my experience they are quick and careful. Getting parts is easy, Fedex in 2 days, no screwing around with duties blah blah. The chandleries are well stocked as are the main service providers, and many, not all, parts prices are similar to the US. The haulout yards are dirty and dusty, but in Cole Bay super convenient to parts and services.
Antigua is pretty good for cosmetic maintenance. North Sound is a nice clean boatyard, but it's the other end of the island from the main labor/resources pool around Falmouth/English Harbors, this is an issue. Jolly Harbor is more geared towards owner/operator boats than Falmouth/English, but skills/resources seem a bit hit or miss there. It's a fairly clean boatyard to haul. In Falmouth Chippy is famous for woodwork, Woodstock has broad skills and have done a fair number of minor composite projects, paint repairs, and other things for me, MPS does good metal and mechanical work, Antigua Rigging is reasonably good, but I don't like the attitude they come with....A&A is nicer to work with but has fewer resources. Workers in Antigua need a little more micromanaging than SXM, especially around protecting the boat from damage/wear & tear during projects. Labor rates in Antigua are a little lower than SXM, but the productivity is lower too. The chandleries aren't too bad on stock, but parts prices are much higher than US/SXM, and getting parts is slower and more $$$. Usually takes a week to get something, and customs, and local delivery and blah blah. If you needed to haul in Antigua I would also look at Sammi's in the NE corner of Falmouth, you might be able to fit in there and it's cheap.
Grenada is the place to go for labor intensive jobs, bottom jobs, etc. Labor rates run $20-$40/hour for a big range of skills, though higher for technical skills - I paid up to $80/hr for those. Productivity is lower than up north, and there is no tradition of megayachts really, you have to be very involved and engaged to drive projects forward and to make sure they protect the boat and don't do more damage than they fix while doing projects!! I've hauled at Clarke's Court twice, the price is very very good. The yard is pretty dirty, careful where they put you if you want to paint, and watch out for overspray from others painting. I can't get into Spice Island (beam), but I hear they're pretty good and the chandlery is right there. Grenada Marine has a decent rep over in St. David's parish, but it's a one-company operation, far from town and other resources. Parts and supplies in Grenada are generally double the US price, though you can usually bring your own (we did) and nobody complains. Getting parts shipped in is slow and expensive. Driftwood at Clarke's Court is well regarded and has done some really good work for me, but recently they have been a victim of their success and are drowned in work.
For your projects, seeing you're in Falmouth, I'd call Woodstock for help. And they'll tell you who to call for the refrigeration. For the furler, you could try pricing it with Antigua Rigging and see if you like them....but.......really I'd sail back to SXM and give the job to FKG. If you wanted to do everything in SXM, I'd let the FKG guys give you references, everybody they sent me to for stuff they don't do was top notch.
I could keep going, but will stop there. Hope this helps.