Friday, October 14, 2016

Return to Vuda Marina – Sept 11 – Oct 14 2016

Coming back to Vuda Marina is a little like a family reunion.  We have spent enough time there now we know most of the numerous staff members by name and in some cases their families.  Fijians are typically very warm and friendly and when you add familiarization to the mix it is a very comfortable situation.  In particular we are quite fond of the two front office gals, Nikki and Maria who seem to always find a way to make our stay a little more comfortable than the last. Add to that the friendly restaurant staff who not only remember your names but also your favorite foods and just how you like them.  The yard staff of Joe and Moe seem always willing to go a little extra to accommodate any request and all under the fine leadership off young Mr. Adam Wade who is doing a terrific job managing the yard. 
The place is always hopping with activity, the slips and cyclone pits are full and this year with the addition of their catamaran hauling capabilities they are truly a full yard facility.
One of the highlites is the open market held every second Saturday with homemade breads, jams, fruits and a wonderful assortment of local crafts.

We needed to have our hull touched up from a few minor scratches and our friend Vincent and his crew chief Kitty made short work of it.  Once again, Alan of Marshall sails and his crew were right there getting the job done on our canvas work.  The only hiccup we had was using a contractor we had not used previously, Yacht Help, who did not do a satisfactory job and we would not recommend them.  The Owner David assured us that the persons responsible would be replaced and did provide us a minor price reduction but would not stand behind the poor workmanship or repair damage done by his staff. He did ask that I not ‘trash’ his company on the internet, and do not feel by writing this honest appraisal that I am doing so.  I did pay the bill and believe I am entitled to share my opinion of their work.  Enough said!

With our work behind us it was time to say goodbye to the many friends we have made and Vuda and despite not knowing if or when we will return we are grateful for all the help and friendly service they provided us.