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The Tahiti Cruisers Guide is brought to you by Julien Desmont from Xperimental and Chuck Houlihan from Jacaranda. Starting as an idea based on the very successful Panama City Cruisers guide, it has evolved into 200+ pages of information on vendors and services throughout French Polynesia. In January 2018, we added GPS coordinates and links to Google Maps to assist in locating businesses.

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Last update: 14 Jul 2024

Diesel Mechanic


2021-09-23 15:16:08 UTC

Island: Tahiti

Diesel-Clinic   owner Adrian Pataki   Engineering Technician
(+689) 87 28 60 83

Diagnostics, repair, technical consulting

Located by Marina Taina, Punaauia
Speaks: English, French & Spanish

Excellent mechanic from diagnosing small problems to complete rebuilds. Reliable and knowledgeable as to where to get parts and find machine shops.

9-2021 SV Ipanema  Very please with the work Adrian did for me.

10-2020 SV Marauder: We are repowering with Adrian, ordering a new Beta Marine inboard through him. He has incredibly helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and for those who don't speak French, he speaks English! He is a certified dealer of Beta Marine engines and therefore also handles warranty work. We highly recommend Adrian and Diesel Clinic Tahiti if you find yourself forced to repower in French Polynesia. Prices aren't that bad, certainly not as steep as Yanmar engines through Sin Tun Hing Marine. The Beta Marine inboard is also built custom to you/your boat, which is pretty cool. If you dispose of the old engine properly and you're a boat in transit, you don't need to pay the custom fees on the new engine! We recycled ours at SOREMAT right next to Technimarine in town

2-2020 SV Avatar We would like to give a reference for Adrian Pataki. We have been in FP for 4 1/2 years. We have used Adrian in several capacities over this time. We have had him watch our sailboat, Avatar, when away on a trip to the US. also several mechanical projects, repairs and a gen-set replacement as he is the Beta Dealer for FP. Adrian has always been on time, does what he says he will do. And one of the few Marine Mechanics that I have been in contact with that does not overbook himself. I was in the Auto repair business for over 15 years and have known good technicians and Adrian in my opinion is good, honest, fair and knowledgeable. Shelly and I whole heartedly recommend him.

6-2018 Jacaranda We have used Adrian multiple times and can highly recommend him 100%. He is very honest and knowledgeable and not only did some work on our Yanmar but we used him to replace a cutlass bearing, align the shaft and do some keel bolt work.