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Dinghy New / Repair

Esteban Galvez

2023-04-04 00:12:30 UTC

Island: Raiatea

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):

Latitude: -16.7761

Longitude: -151.419882

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Esteban Galvez Dinghy Repair
Contact: 87 32 67 29
SV Phoenix

Located near 3 waterfall bay

We put tractor air chambers inside, we patch any holes it may have, and eventually we paint them with special paint.

7-2021 SV Domini Esteban is fantastic. He managed to save our dinghy which, after going over a metal spike at night, had a massive hole ripped out of two of the three chambers. It really seemed beyond repair, but with a few tractor tyre inner tubes he managed to somehow make it as good as new. He can also repair and service outboards.

He’s charges fairly, does a great job and speaks Spanish, English and French fluently.

And on top of all that - he’s a really nice bloke.

I can absolutely recommend him to any cruiser with dinghy problems.