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Boat Storage in South Pacific

By doina — last modified Sep 04, 2007 08:58 AM

Published: 2007-09-04 08:58:34
Countries: Fiji , French Polynesia , Tonga , Vanuatu

There is little good storage in Polynesia. In Raiatea use Raiatea Marine (not the Carinage). In Tonga there is NO safe cyclone moorage (all Mooring and Sunsail boats are returned to NZ), Savu Savu has a good system of cyclone anchors (5) inside the town basin, Vanuatu has a good, if somewhat primitive, carenage with storage in heavy cradles, Fiji has a Vuda Point with keel pits on the west side. Most cruisers will favor New Zealand but we have used all of the above with only the Raiatea Carenage being a poor choice.

Norm Mackenzie

Adrian Davis writes: I am sorry but I cannot agree with Norman Mackenzie. I have used Raiatea Carenage Services for over a year now. At all times they have been most helpful and answer my mails by return. The travel hoist is most efficient and my boat is well protected in a heavy steel cradle. The yard is busy and a bit messy and of course the rats and dengue fever are not confined to a particular yard!! Their rates are reasonable and I have found them fair and trusting.

From Daniel Paull: Regarding Raitea Carenage, I stored my sailboat there out of the water in a sturdy cradle during the typhoon season of 2004-2005. I was very happy with the experience. In particular, the boat was handled with great care and skill while being transported in and out of the water.