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post #2 of Old 02-12-2003
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Help w/ French Polynesia Charter

I have chartered Tahiti with the Moorings 3 times since 1988, most recently 2002.
From the sound of your sailing experience you should be comfortable bareboating even a 45.

Tahiti is quite easy to sail, and has some of the most fun conditions possible for sailors inside the lagoons. Essentially flat calm sea with unobstructed (warm!) breezes. Outside the lagoons, open ocean conditions are encountered, but the distances between islands is small.

These French islands are well marked and charted with a directional mark on every reef, indicating the direction the reef bears. Nativagtion by water color becomes second nature after a couple of days.

If you charter for 5-6 days you can easily spend that amount of time just exploring Raiatea and Tahaa, which share the same lagoon; no open ocean adventure.

Send for the charter package, it is packed with the charts and guides, showing all the spots. It will give you a higher comfort level.

If you decide to do it, have dinner at the Hotel Vahine, it''s remote and romantic, and only accessable by boat. They have some moorings, so you won''t even have to anchor for the night. This is common at many of the most popular charter stops, now.

You may be sorry you wasted your time in a Bora Bora Hotel.

Regards, Warren

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