Agreeing Completion & Delivery Dates
In general, remember you are in Southern Europe and there is a different culture here. The attitude to business is still very laid back – and the people are so polite they don’t like to tell you “it can’t be done in x days”. UTC, BST or GMT, can be translated as PMT – “Portuguese Maybe Time”. In the summer, expect tradesmen and companies to be extremely busy.
A genuine cause for confusion can arise from the Portuguese names for the working days of the week.
These are Segunda-feira, Terça-feira, Quarta-feira, Quinta-feira and Sexta-feira, i.e. the Second – (market day) to the Sixth – (market day). The “feira” is almost always dropped in speech, and they are referred to as Segunda to Sexta and are written 2ª; 3ª; 4ª; 5ª; 6ª.
Conversely, the days of the month are known as “day 1 of December” up to “day 31” – not the First to the Thirty-first. So, if something will be ready on Friday – you may be told “Sexta” – and understand this to be the Sixth. But if Tuesday is the Sixth of the month – you will turn up 3 days early, and he will seem to be 3 days late.
If the date is important, get out the calendar and count the days, together!
Do-It-Yourself – on Your Own Boat!
While in Marina de Lagos there are no restriction on owners, crew, other yachtsmen and friends working on your yacht – though your crew members and friends may well have different ideas.
Approved and insured tradesmen are also welcome within the Marina – and none of those shown on our “Contacts” list has had a problem.
The staff of Sopromar are, however, very helpful and can be prepared to give advice and guidance; they want to see you get the best possible result.
Note that other Marinas and yards may have different rules – and Spanish Marinas can be particularly strict on ALL work being done by their own staff. Check before arranging a lift-out.
There are over 20 qualified, independent tradesmen, covering a wide variety of skills, who are available to assist the owner on any necessary work while in the Marina.
Lift-out/Haul-out & Repair Facilities
Sopromar employ a full range of fully qualified craftsmen and they can carry out any refit, repair, modification or maintenance – and the summer temperatures make osmosis treatment almost painless!
There is no restriction on owners or their crew working on their own boats while in their yard – and if you continue to live aboard, there are toilets and showers for your comfort. A new workshop block and Chandlery has been built with superb toilet/shower facilities. There are also several apartments available for rent, for those owners who cannot live on board their boat whilst work is being carried out. Enquire at Sopromars.