Marina Taina; our neighborhood

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Moorea at sunset – the view from our dock.

Marina Taina has been our neighborhood for the past month. We have stayed longer than planned, but have thoroughly enjoyed every day. Projects have been completed, “old” cruising friends re-connected, and new friends made.

The neighborhood is fairly diverse. Here are a few of the other boats in the marina. [Click on a photo to see the slides full size and read captions. Press “Esc” to return to blog]

Marina Taina, our neighorhood this week, from the fuel dock. The polynesians like jaunty colored boats, that are invariably well kept.

Marina Taina, our neighorhood this week, from the fuel dock. The Polynesians like jaunty colored boats, that are invariably well kept.

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There are two restaurants: La Casa Bianca and the Pink Coconut. We have only been to La Casa Bianca, mostly because it is so convenient, right at the head of our section of docks. It’s quite good with European and Tahitian fare. We indulged in fresh salads as soon as we got here. But, being a proper restaurant and bar, it’s a bit more $$$ than CafeĀ Tematapuaua in Taiohae so we didn’t hang out there as much. The Harley club meets there every Wednesday. This was a light showing, maybe because the next day was Bastille Day, a national holiday here as well as in France proper. I loved the juxtaposition of custom Harley’s and scooters. Scooters are a primary means of transportation here.

Early this week I helped this boat tie up at the end our our dock.

Captain Jan working aloft on Lady Free. They had come north from a cruise to the Antarctic. She is a gaff-rigged cutter. The bowsprit is retracted for manuevering in harbor.

Captain Jon working aloft on Lady Free. They had come north from a cruise to the Antarctic. She is a wooden strip-planked gaff-rigged cutter. The bowsprit is retracted for maneuvering in harbor. Both Velic and Free Lady have lineage to the Norwegian Colin Archer designs for coast rescue. But Lady Free is actually from Norway!

Seeing Free Lady made me realize the we already are part of the 1%. The 1% of cruising sailboats that are small, have only hank-on sails, manual windlasses, no refrigeration, and no pressure water system aboard.

Jan and Lady Free leaving the marina. The "boat" in the background is "AdVantage", the support vessel for the motor yacht Vantage. It carries the water sport toys and addtional fuel.

Jon and Lady Free leaving the marina. Jon’s next navigational challenge is getting back to Norway by either Cape Horn, again, or via the Northwest Passage. The “boat” in the background is “AdVantage”, the support vessel for the motor yacht Vantage (that you can charter). It carries the water sport toys and additional fuel, and presumably spare parts and a machine shop.

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