You have to understand that everything that comes or goes from these communities does so at his hands. Fridges, stoves, fuel, quads and he has every variety of strap and rope. Take your luggage off the bike to reduce weight and carry it aboard. This will put less stress against the shiney bits.
Once i was late and had to ride the K75s up the gangplank after the crew took out the staunchions. Nothing but air and salt water on either side. When she hit the wet painted steel deck all the crew just grabbed on as she bounced. All part of the adventure.
If I still had every dollar I spent on motorbikes I would be a richer man but a poorer person.