18 July 2008 | Papeete
After a yummy chocolate croissant and latte we headed over to the port captain to check back in. We saw him on the way there doing a morning power walk. He smiled brightly and said, "Swingin'?". I nodded and he said, "you're fine".
Ok, one task down. Next immigration. Normally we wouldn't need to see immigration but we had to redeem Nobu's bond. If you are French you can stay here as long as you like. You will have to import your boat after a couple years for something like 30% duty but the people are a done deal. If you are EU you can stay for 90 days right off and need no bond. If you are US or Japanese you get 30 days and have to post a bond. If you pay 3,000 xfp ( about $40) you can get a guaranteed extension for a total of 90 days. The bond is about the price of a ticket home. Call it $1,000 US.
When we arrived we knew Nobu was going to head home from here but he didn't have his ticket yet so we still had to get a bond for him. Now that he has his ticket we can turn in his bond. Upon seeing the ticket the immigration official handed us over a stamped letter to redeem the bond with and another to keep with the ships papers verifying the change to the crew list.
I hiked back to the main Bank Socredo branch while Hideko and Nobu went back to the boat to finish cleaning things up aboard. It only took me about an hour to redeem the bond (nice compared to how long it took to get it) and other than the bank's vig it was painless. They gave me all xfp but since we'll be here another two months that was fine.
Our next stop was to visit Christophe at API yachting. His shop seems to be the largest rigger, canvas, sailmaker outfit in the area. They had the battens we needed and cut them for us on the spot. Christophe is a nice guy and seems quite knowledgeable. He is French/New York so he speaks perfect English with an entertaining accent.
We bummed around town (carrying two 3 meter battens!) looking in various shops (swim suits, hardware, swimsuits, hardware as Hideko and I exchanged the lead). I found a 5,000 watt transformer (heavy!) that we'll pick up if we decide to stay. The power here is 60Hz which is great but I can't plug into the 220 without adding the transformer.
We stopped at the caravan park for dinner but arrived a little early. It was 6PM and although that is the advertised opening it was a little premature. We relaxed on the quay where the monstrous Maltese Falcon was docked. Once things were cookin' at the eateries we had a nice meal and then watched the grand finale of the Lord of the Rings back at the boat.