Originally Posted by ryantrollip
Looking for some advice.
Wondering if there are good places to leave a boat at anchor or affordable mooring in French Polynesia
that have airports to fly out to PPT. Boat is too wide for most marinas.
Will have to fly out a couple times for a few weeks at a time.
We have been in FP for the past 4 years now.
Marquesas - Nuku Hiva as mentioned. Kevin at NHYS will keep an eye on her. But for some reason the bottom is very corrosive and we have met 4 boats that have had to have chain replaced after spending 4-6 months anchored there. You can order a length of chain from Tahiti and just trash it when departing thus saving your good chain. Bottom is mud and very good holding
Tuamotus - Fakarava Pakakota Yacht Services has moorings and Mathew can watch your boat. Moorings are in excellent condition and inspected. Boats are on moorings under Mathews care only during the winter and NOT summer cyclone season
Apataki has a dry storage
yard and regularly hauls out good size monos and cats there.
Tahiti- Port phaeton You can anchor there and a French yachtie has a business watching vessels.
Papeete - Marina Tania has numerous moorings and there is a good boat watcher available. But you need to book months(6) in advance to get one. Inside the marina is another option but maintenance
is being down inside the marina and slips have been reduced during this phase. Again book Way early.
Suggestions to leave boat anchored in Cooks Bay could work
if you hire someone as a caretaker. New anchor restrictions for Mo’orea are now under consideration and no one knows what the end results will be.
Other options for hauling out depend on the size of your vessel
What is the size of your vessel?
Would suggest downloading the Soggy Paws Compendiums on Marquesas, Tuamotus and Societies for more information on various places. Google
Soggy Paws files
Fakarava, French Polynesia