You may already know, but just in case you don't - med-mooring is required. Anchoring
is prohibited. So, you'll need to have your stern lines to the jetty ready to deploy when you arrive. There are usually other sailors alert to arriving boats who will help get your lines to the jetty bollards. Be mindful of boats arriving after you, and make certain their anchor
chain does not cross your rode
, if you found deploying rope
was necessary in order to obtain adequate scope
after dropping anchor
. A boat arriving after me crossed my rode
causing it to part... Fortunately wind direction and lines between my boat and others on each side helped to hold my boat in place...
Like most South Pacific
islands, Raratonga ain't quite what it used to be, with higher costs and more fly in type tourists....
Still, there are some good treks into the hills...