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    • 18m Van der meer steel
    • New Zealand
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Update : Dona Catharina available again for a new expedition

Our 60foot steel ketch, the Dona Catharina has made a name for her self in the last years. Plenty successful expeditions and a the rescue of a shipwrecked crew has made international headlines. ( just type Dona Catharina into your search engine to find out more) We are now looking again for a new adventure . We are calling for film makers, research projects, scientists or explorers and adventurers. We are now in the final planing stage of a Steward Island, Fjordland and as a highlight Auckland Island voyage ( permit depending). I will need crew to help me bring our vessel from the Bay of Island down the east coast of NZ towards Stewart Island early January 2020 and also crew to sail her from Milford Sound back up the west coast towards the Bay of Islands in March 2020 I hope to attract enough interest to fund the the running costs of Dona Catharina by people who want to visit some of these last wildernesses on our planet and you are welcome to show your interest . I hope therefore to offer the ‘ delivery part of this adventure on a subsidised cost sharing basis.
in Addition , we are always looking forward to plan a voyage with a purpose and we are looking for your input as an individual or as a group. Preferred sailing area is within 2000 miles of New Zealand . Please contact us with your ideas and budget The vessel will then sail to where you want to go.
We offer a safe vessel, equiped with dive compressor, kayaks, 2 tenders, surfboard, water maker, crows nest lookout , and are happy to install what your expedition may need.. Sory, we can not afford to offer free rides for hitchhikers .

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  • Crew positionNovice Crew

  • Availability Available now for the foreseeable future

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardPaid by crew

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationSchooner

  • Make/modelVan der meer steel

  • Length18 metres

  • Berth10

  • Sailing from New Zealand , opua

  • Sailing to New Zealand , Sub Antarctic island of NZ

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat description Dona Catharine has proven herself to be a comfortable and safe ocean voyager. And she offers enough space to allow privacy for 6-8 people for weeks on board . There are also 2 kaiaks, dive compressor, 2 rib tenders , wind surfer, mast look out, 240vACpower 12DC power 24VDC power 2 bathrooms with hot shower, watermaker, Spacious deckshouse sattelite Phone, I am happy to install systems or laboratries to taylor your needs. Comprehensive saftey equipment on board survival suits 2 , life rafts 2 EPIRP ,satellite phone , Solas approved life vests, potable vhf radios, HF radio comprehensive medical and first aid kit, etc . pre departure safety btiefing will be given before commencing any voyage

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  • NationalityGerman

  • Age61

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of French

  • Qualifications 1st Aid
    Boat Operator Licence
    Level 1 SmallBoat Instructor
    RYA Cruising Instructor

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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