For Services and Resources in French Polynesia

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.

Downloading the guide and GPS map coordinates will facilitate using the guide offline. The coordinates will work for either (best for Papeete) or Google Maps.

Especially thankful to John (SV Mary Ann II) and Steve (SV Ocean Star) for their huge effort in supplying a vast amount of information for the guide.

The guide is a community effort. Updates and new additions are greatly appreciated. If you find the guide useful or find something that needs updating please drop us a note at tahiticruisersguide (AT)

Last update: 31 May 2024

Insurance - Marine


2022-03-30 14:52:27 UTC

Island: Tahiti

Top Sail Insurance

3-22 SV Grace 
One issue to check with any Topsail quote is the policy on reducing payout amounts (on a sliding scale) on equipment over 10 years old. It sound perfectly reasonable but I asked whether it also applied to the spars (mast, boom, poles) and was told that it does. Which might make a claim following a dismasting on a, for example, 30 year old boat almost not worth making. I’m not sure what the actual reductions would look like but it was enough to make me stay with our current insurer. We use Pantaenius (uk). It’s usually a higher premium but there’s no reduction for older kit - we pay a little extra and have new for old cover.