About the Vessels
, was built of NZ native Kauri. Kauri is a wood of great quality with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. It is also known for it’s resistance to rotting, something that is more likely in other woods in fresh water.
She was built in Auckland in 1979 and is powered by a 240 HP Volvo Penta Marine Engine which is powerful enough to achieve a top speed of 12 knots. The vessel, which is pushed through the water by a single screw or propeller, was initially built for scenic cruises in the Far North of the North Island but spent most of its life in the Able Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island.
She was brought to Hamilton
by road and ferry in November 2012 by a group of local business people and was launched at the Grantham Street Boat Ramp.
Cynthia Dew was refurbished in 2016 with a new roof and ceiling installed in the saloon, a viewing deck fitted to her stern and a new engine installed. She was also re-certified by Maritime New Zealand until 2020.
, is a modern Alloy Catamaran made for shallow water cruising and ideal for the often-shallow river.
She was built in Picton in 2009 and is powered by two 90 HP Evinrude 2-Stroke Outboard Engines offering a very quiet ride. The vessel was initially built for scenic cruises in the Malborough Sounds at the top of the South Island.
She was brought to Hamilton by road and ferry in August 2018 by a group of local business people and was launched at the Pukete Boat Ramp.
Kiwi Cat was refurbished in 2018 with a brand new interior and new exterior seating. She was also re-certified by Maritime New Zealand until 2021.