Vuda Point Marina, which recently celebrated its 20th year in operation, is located on the picturesque southwestern shore of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu. We arrived at Vuda Marina (pronounced vunda) in late 2011 by way of a recommendation from a fellow cruiser. We spent 10 hectic days getting Kate, our Newport 41, ready to leave on the hard for the cyclone season while we filled the cruising kitty. When we returned 12 months later — longer than we'd expected to be away — we decided to spend a second cyclone season in the hole, this time taking advantage of the facilities available and tackling a full list of boat jobs. We hired a local contractor to do a full topside paint job, resurface the deck and completely refinish the bottom. We also removed the engine, gave it a bit of love and had the engine bed rebuilt. We had a new aluminum arch custom-made for the solar array, and had some woodwork, fiberglassing, sail repair and machining done, all by local craftsmen.