I personally cannot vouch for this opinion, but FWIW:
Excerpted from “Continuing on Panama
to where we are now”
at 1:44 PM, 12/6/2008 by Jenksie
"... If you need a boat yard in French Polynesia go to CNI Carenage at Raiatea, they are good people, and the yard works well. Don’t go next door to Raiatea Carenage
; don’t let the Moorings Affiliated sign fool you. This yard has done more damage to boats than they have fixed. Don’t take my word for it check it out on Noonsite website, others will tell you the same.
American friends of ours went there on the first arrival they were asked if they wanted shore power
because they were in the dock
. Most if not all American boats are 110 volts 60 Hz, they have a special type plug
that is marked 110v. The Mr. Fix it man in the yard changes the plug
and plugs them into 220volts. It blew the battery charger
up on board the yacht and the yard did not take responsibility for it. Many of the boats leave the yard with additional problems and have to get someone else to fix them after paying out the yard.
CNI Carenage has a resident electrician a very good one; although he is self employed he will not go into the other yard and work. Pascal is the electricians name, you will get a decent days work for your money
. Pascal is an Italian born Frenchman, who has a wicked sense of humor
and will become your friend very easily. He has a little wooden BBQ near his yacht and Sunday around 1200 hours he lights it up, anyone can join him, just bring your seat, meat, drink and any other food
you like to take along and it is a good afternoon. We did many of them whilst we were there some Sundays there was six of us other Sunday’s there could be twenty five. We all would take more than we needed and we would all share. We missed those BBQ’s when we left and our mate Pascal. The yard ahs a good mechanic
, a Frenchman named Terry, his beautiful wife Amandine works in the CNI office, I think she runs the place. Jack (French) is one part owner, nice bloke Jack, Ariel is the other owner, and he can be moody at times but quite harmless.
The boys in the yard are great, be nice to them, if they have been very helpful, buy a carton of beer
and tell them you will do so and take it cold to the workshop at 1530 hours Friday and have a beer
with them. They will look after you very well once you have done this. I was given a large plank and two stands and a 44 gallon drum when I was working on the hard
doing the anti-foul. Once I bought a beer the next day I had stands and planks all around the boat and when I went to move something they would be there to help. They said we were family
now. You can make life easier for yourself by being nice.
No port fees
other than the postage stamps, bond required if no air tickets, bond is equal to air ticket cost.