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Last update: 31 Jul 2021
2021-07-31 23:27:15 UTC
GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):
Longitude: -151.485035view in google maps
+ 689 40 60 05 45, VHF 68,
Hours: Mon-Thur: 0730-1200 and 1300-1630. Fri: 0730-1200 & 1300-1530.
They have a travel lift, travel trailer, and railway platform. They can lift monohulls and multihulls (cats and trimarans) and general facilities.
In November 2020 they will receive a new 50-ton travel lift and a new 50-ton trailer. Dominque is the manager and fiberglass expert and is fluent in English.
Carenage has 3 ways to haul vessels: Travel lift, Trailer, Platform. They can haul cats as well as monohulls. They also perform most of the haul outs on the charter fleet in Raiatea. Haulout & long term dry storage
7-2021 SV Capall Mara
We have just finished a haulout at Raiatea Carenage. On the whole it went well. The staff and workers were good and helpful. Our Only complaint was that they were constantly called away to other jobs. As the time dragged on this became frustrating. I voiced my frustration in the office. The owner came in and became verbally abusive and quite aggressive. He slammed the door in my face then threatened to throw us out and blacklist us!
We were very lucky to be offered a place at this excellent full service boat yard in November 2020 for cyclone season storage. When we were hauled out they only had a 20 tonne lift but now they have a 50 tonne lift for Monohulls (width 5 metres) and a new self-propelled lift/tractor for hauling Cats (width 7.56 metres). They also have a railway system for short term stays for Cats (70 Tonnes, 11 metres) and motorboats that allows for very wide vessels.
On arrival we were concerned about how we would fit in the 20 Tonne lift as we have a high wind vane. We need not have been concerned, the yard staff and Dominique knew exactly what they were doing and took great care to haul us out, taking full responsibility for the extra work required to fit us into the lift. Tintamarre was stored on a full frame, not just individual supports, for the cyclone season. The yard installed the boat covers after we left as we had to leave earlier than expected to ensure we could travel ahead of an impending lockdown in Europe. We had regular reports while we were away, with photographs where appropriate. The boat was in good condition on our return. It is worth noting that the water provided is high quality drinking water and safe to store in water tanks. They support 110v and 220V power.
We had agreed a schedule of work with the yard for a planned arrival in March but Covid delayed our return until June. We had excellent support sourcing parts and working with the yard so that anything that could be done would be ready for us on our return. The rest of the work was planned for the few days between our return and when we splashed. They also took delivery of some critical components shipped from Europe ahead of our return.
All the work we had done, which included servicing the hydraulic auto-pilot, anti-fouling, full engine service including cooling system, outboard engine repair and service and a short notice request to fibre glass in a bulk head was carried out on time and to a high standard and for a reasonable cost. For the first time ever we splashed on the day we had requested with all work completed. The new 50 tonne lift making the process much easier.
After splashing we had a few problems relating to work done in the past. All our requests have been dealt with in a friendly and professional manner. We found Dominique to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Without exception we have found the staff to be friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to support us. A particular shout out to the office staff for sourcing parts for us at short notice and to the engineers for the high quality of work.