My name is Alex and I am a passionate sailor and for a few years now I have been a (mostly) enthusiastic boat owner as well. Her name is Joy, a 1984 built Bristol 41.
Joy and I had many wonderful turns in the Caribbean and just recently we had a fantastic turn crossing the Atlantic from Antigua via Bermuda and the Azores Islands to Tangier in Morocco.
Yet Joy gave me some headaches, too. A lot of small jobs and a few really big ones: a new engine, new plumbing, new fridge, various pumps, rig refit, sail repairs and so on. Some of these I did myself, for others I had to hire professionals. Hence for both DIY and working with pros I had my share of good and not so good experiences.
At some point I felt I want to share my experience, I wanted to let other boaters know who were the good guys, the ones solving my problems.
As well, I did a lot of research for the jobs I did myself and I was missing some sort of hub to find and share useful stuff. A single spot to start from that will quickly get you to that link, that article, that video that helps you get it done, fix your problem – or find it in the first place.
This is how the idea for BoatBuddy was born: a searchable directory for marine professionals and an information hub for DIY jobs.
I started to put up listings for the area I know best, Antigua, W.I. and the surrounding Caribbean Islands and some examples of DIY stuff and links I found useful.
But I cannot do this alone. I will need the help of every sailor around, adding pros all over the globe and DIY info for any job one can think of.
THANKS TO ANYONE HELPING!
Fair winds and following seas!
ALEX, BOATBUDDY #1