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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: 31 May 2024


Tahiti Sails

2023-04-28 06:26:27 UTC

Island: Tahiti

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees):

Latitude: -17.5567

Longitude: -149.592512

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Tahiti sails

Gullaume 87-33-74-33
Sebastien 87-33-74-53
Faa'a Vallee de Nuutana

Near the Nuutania prison. Take the Nuutania road at the SODIMEC store crossroads and drive up for approx. 5 minutes. You will see a sign when you need to turn right to reach the sail loft.  Speak good english

Very nice guys. See examples of their work on their facebook page. They do most of the mega yacht repairs.

4-2023 Report sent in ….  I am a former sailing professional (former owner of a sail shop in France for 15 years). For my part, this sail shop is simply bad, last year a friend had a Code D style sail made, it was very bad in the sense that we do not make a geenaker in cross cut but in tri-radial. Also while talking with Mado in Taravao, she told me that she regularly resumed repairs made in Tahiti Sail because they were so badly done.

11-2020  SV Tintamarre
 We asked Sebastien and Guillaume to quote and advise for repairing our genoa and mainsail. They are not cheap; but they were happy to take time to discuss the repairs in detail in their loft, didn't mind that we declined to repair the mainsail (opting instead to replace using Zoom Sails) and collected and returned the sails to us promptly. We liked their service.

Oct. 2020: SV Sugar Shack
: Our main sail needed to be repaired and re-stitched. It is made of double layer dacron and weighs in at almost 300lbs. We decided to hire Tahiti Sails to help us with the repairs as we did not think our little Baby Lock sewing machine could handle the material. Guillaume (Marina Papeete) +689 87 33 73 33 ( Guillaume usually picks up and drops off on Tuesdays and Thursday in Marina Papeete. We showed him the work that needed to be done which was mostly re-stitching and creating new covers for the head, clew, tack, and baton pockets. He said it could be done in a week at a cost of 40000/50000xpf (about 5/6 hours of work). He picked up the sail on Friday, had a quote to us on Tuesday, and the sail back by Thursday. At the shop, he tested all the thread to ensure it would not fail, added new tail tails, covered a few weak spots we did not notice and completed all of our original requested work. He was very professional, did what he said he was going to do and stayed in communication with us throughout the process. In the end the cost was 35595xpf. We are very pleased and highly recommend Tahiti Sails.

9-1-2020 SV Tourterelle
 We used Tahiti Sails to fix our gennaker and were very happy with the result

6-2020 SV Cream Puff
We contacted Tahiti Sails for a quote for our two spinnakers. One of the sails had two small tears but the Mizzen Ballooner had a major blow out along the seam. Guillaume responded quickly to my email and an appointment was set for two days later. Guillaume arrived on time with a friendly smile. He took the sails to his shop so he could get a better idea of what needed to be done. The quote was reasonable. The repairs were made and the sails returned within a week. We were very pleased with the repairs and would recommend Tahiti Sails.

5-19 S/V Nehenehe
We worked with Guillaume Jestin <> at Tahiti Sails. We have a DP Hydranet mainsail which is a difficult fabric to resew. We had him raise the clew, move the tack back, and repair significant damage to all seven full batten pockets. His knowledge, workmanship, and skill level were exceptionally high. I rate the business as excellent. He showed up exactly on time and completed the work . He replied to our emails very quickly and he is fluent in his English speech. I am highly impressed given that he was under the added strain of having an entire ARC fleet in town and they were all clamoring for his attention. He worked over a holiday to complete the work at the promised time. I would rate their business a 10 out of 10

Tahiti Sails were helpful for the sliders we needed for the sails, and offered also to bring them down to Marina Taina for us

6-18 SV Jacaranda
We did not use them.  After obtaining a crazy high quote to make a square window cover for our dodger.  Told them to forget it.  We had the cover made by another company 90% less than their quote!!!

4-17 SV Liward
We wanted to let everyone know about an excellent sail loft in Tahiti. They just did some repairs for Liward and we were very happy. Prompt, Professional, and Reasonable. They speak english.

6-18 SV Minyga
I would recommend Tahiti Sails - quick response from email sent to 
came to Taina Marina looked at job, provided quote by email and then job done and delivered promptly. No credit card - cash payment only.