|A sad Puddytat.|
So early Monday morning we release Puddytat from our anchor rode and tie it to Limo, the dinghy, to our anchor rode and off we go to the commercial docks. We didn't want to haul the anchor up because the crossbeam was unsupported without the crossbeam in place. By nine am we are ready and waiting. David has gone off to see what is happening.
The mast is pushed into sight on trolleys and here comes the crane. They tie a fat webbing to it and start to haul it up.
|Up she goes.|
|Over and onto the boat...|
|Settling it down..|
|Attaching the forestay and roller furler.|
|The strap is still attached to the crane.|
|Alex goes up to detach the strap.|
|The rigging wire is too short in the turnbuckle.|
Anyway, what's done is done but we're still not happy and will not recommend this company to any of our friends.
We motored back to our anchorage and worked solidly for the next day and for most of Wednesday, getting the sails back on, the davits refitted and all the electrical equipment re-wired.
Finally at about 15:30 we lifted the anchor and motored out towards The Cook Islands.
Personally... neither of us are in a hurry to revisit Tahiti. Our time was very limited, definitely not enough to see anything of the surrounding islands, and our boat problems were genuine, the powers that be were reluctant to extend my visa and then when they did, I was limited to the boat and the Marina, so I couldn't even do any grocery shopping for us. David had to do everything! Also each time David had to beg for an extension on the visa it took two or three days out of his work schedule. He did say however, that the lady in the front office of the High Commission was very helpful.
We may visit Bora Bora and a few other islands though... maybe.....