Congratulations, and best of luck, on the new endeavor.
We spent two great months cruising Vava'u, basing mainly from Neiafu. We love it there...great flat-water cruising, which was very-much appreciated after the pasting we took getting there.
Curious if your restaurant is in Neiafu, and already established, or if it will be new?
We were impressed by the quality of the foreign-owned/operated restaurants. Good food
, good value, and very responsive to there unique clientele. I hope you continue this tradition!
The below list are items that we felt were needed while in various ports
, or were appreciated when they were offered. NOTE: the vendors in Neiafu do a great job, and many of these items/ services are already offered.
-good, relatively simple food
, fairly priced. Cruisers are a hungry and thirsty crowd...provide good portions and good pricing, and you will be rewarded.
, skype, etc. Free is great, cheap
is OK, expensive is a deal-killer.
-A relaxed atmosphere. We're all in shorts and tee's, if we're in anything at all. No fancy joint needed.
. Really. Easier said than done.
-Get involved in the cruiser-community. Sponsor
the Friday night races. Engage on the morning net. Provide services...nautical flea market? Discounts to cruisers? Things like this go a long ways toward developing a steady, loyal clientele.
-become a source of information. Where can I get a watermaker
repaired? Who is capable of an engine
or tranny rebuild
? Take the time to learn the various trades and skills of your customers. Even though we're transient, we may be there for a few months. If you provide me the name of a cruiser with skills I need, I'm more inclined to eat at your place vs next door. Everyone wins.
-remember, cruisers talk (a lot). About you. Your business, your prices, your services. And whether we like them. If all is well, we'll be back, and so will our fiends, and theirs.
Really, best of luck. I hope your new business is a great success, for you, for your customers, and for Vava'u.