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My First Trip To The Shipyard

September 01, 2006

Of course you can build an Outer Reef without going to Taiwan to see your boat in process, but why would anyone want to do that? That being said, I’d like to expand a little more on the Kaohsiung experience of the owners of Copeing, Hull #1 of the 65’ Outer Reef. Planning your trip can be accomplished one of 2 ways. Outer Reef uses a great travel agent who can book your flight, which we used for our second venture. The first trip we booked ourselves on American Airline and Japan Air, in order to use miles. Both trips were great, but we agree that it is better to arrive in Kaohsiung in the morning. It makes acclimating to the time change (Eastern time plus 13 hours) easier. Because of the extended flying time, Business Class is the only way to go. The time goes by quickly and in relative comfort, and the food is great and endless. Being a boatyard girl, (I’ve been taken through a great many) I found Tania to be one of the cleanest and most modern I’ve seen. They employ over 80 people who are all friendly and polite, from the 2 ladies who are always cleaning to the various foremen and craftsmen. The first sight of your boat in production tells you the right decision was to make the trip. This is reinforced throughout the visit. It’s a humbling experience to watch a cabinetmaker spend 30 minutes measuring, planning and fitting just to make sure that one shelf is perfect – especially when you see the process repeated on every shelf, door and cabinet. The pride in workmanship is repeated endlessly throughout the boat. Not being an engine room girl, I can only say that this part of the boat looked good, too. Nan Shan, Karl, and Chaucer were readily available and were very busy making certain that everything went well. They also answered all our questions and requests and were exemplary hosts during our visit. Lunch was quite an experience. We were taken to a local seafood restaurant with a round table and big lazy Susan in the middle. Nan Shan selected our food from a large iced-down display in front of the restaurant. Keep in mind this was fresh fish, swimming fish, fruits and vegetables, but had none of the fishy odor of our domestic seafood markets. Everything was that fresh. A word to the wise…don’t point anything out or ask questions, unless you care to sample what you’re pointing at. Nan Shan, Karl and Chaucer are very observant, and will make sure you get to try whatever arouses your curiosity. After a long day at the boatyard, be prepared for a great hotel! The Splendor caters to its clients as Tania caters to its customers. The rooms are beautiful, the beds are firm, the spa and workout room are clean and modern. Be aware that upon entering your room, you need to insert your card into the wall slot. This will turn on the air conditioning and lights. The lights are also controlled by buttons on the telephones, however, and you can turn them off without removing the card. The wall outlets are 60 hertz/110 volts, so no adapters are needed. The hotel provides hair dryers and laundry services, no iron in the room. Cell phones do not work, but computers do. There is internet through the TV in the room, but we weren’t patient enough to make it work. There are TV shows in English as well as Taiwanese, so you can find out what is happening in the world from an international perspective. Nan Shan was a very gracious host, and arranged to take us out to dinner for steak one night. Jasmine’s restaurant caters to the English-speaking clientele, and was a lot of fun. Another tip, take a hotel business card with you when you travel by taxi. While the Splendor is a landmark in Kaohsiung, Splendor Hotel in English doesn’t mean much to the cab drivers. We also had the opportunity to shop in downtown Kaohsiung. While we were the only Westerners in sight, and the only English-speaking people we encountered, we had little difficulty conducting business and became somewhat adept at charades. Kaohsiung is not a tourist destination, and this made our visit all the more enjoyable. The people on the streets couldn’t have been more gracious! We even found the local Pizza Hut for our only American meal (and we opted for pepperoni rather than squid on our pizza). Our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer or take time to visit any other parts of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Hawaii. We highly recommend a visit to Taiwan, Kaohsiung, and the Tania boat yard!

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