At Abel Tasman Charters we have a thing about catamarans due mainly to their stability ensuring a smoother ride in most weather conditions. They also have the advantage of being roomy and so have wide comfortable saloon and deck areas and the all-important full bathroom facilities. The fact that they don't draw much water ( 1m or less) means we can get up close to those beautiful Abel Tasman beaches as well.
Even though the boats are capable of large groups we still keep our numbers of travellers small to provide you with the feeling you are out with a group of friends.
Introducing Taranui, our power cat.
Modern & comfortable with great scenery viewing platforms both stern and aft, plenty of room to seat 8 travellers comfortably. She is fitted with a galley, WC and shower.
Taranui is Maritime Safety Authority surveyed for 25 day passengers.
Wright/Lavranos designed. Taranui is an 11 metre, semi-displacement, power catamaran. This hull type gives a soft and stable ride.
All aluminium construction, Taranui was commissioned by Rod and built by Murray Newman of West Coast Boats in Raglan. She has twin 200hp Volvo engines - spinning 22 inch Tiger props on shafts, and carries 800L of diesel and 300L of fresh water.
Range at 14knts is 450 miles.
Cruising speed 12-16knts.
Top speed is 22knts
Taranui is the Maori name for the caspian tern, a bird that can be seen fishing in the Abel Tasman. You might spot some of these seabirds as we cruise along.
Luxury 45ft (13.7m) 16ft (4.8m) beam.
280 hp cruising catamaran with efficient full displacement hull offering luxurious safe stable exploring platform that exceeds maritime safety requirements.
Comfortably accommodates up to 19 guests for daytime cruises and up to 6 guests for overnight or extended charters.
Large saloon with spacious lounge seating and large windows for sheltered viewing.
Two complete bathrooms.
2 double and 1 king single beds with innersprung mattresses, quality linen and central heating.
Comfortable bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen. All bedding and towels are provided.
The tenders that we use are designed and built in Nelson by Grant Parkins of GP Engineering.
They are rigid inflatables with an aluminium hull of GP Engineering's 'Wavebreak' brand.
We have a 4.2m Wavebreak model that is custom made, extremely stable and has a fuel compartment under floor. This is powered by a 60 h.p 4 stroke Yamaha engine.
Our other tender is a 3.8m Wavebreak with 10 hp 4 stroke Honda motor.
Both models provide a comfortable ride and allow us access onto the pristine quartz sand beaches of the Abel Tasman.
We provide sit on top kayaks which don't confine your legs inside the deck of the boat and so are excellent for new kayakers with no need to learn wet exits or rolls.
They're great so everyone can enjoy a paddle including children.
"The trip was recommended and booked by our travel agent in Auckland and it was worth every penny. The small group, relaxed itinerary and a great host / captain made this a perfect day. Beach walk, forest walk and kayaking are all on the menu. The on-board lunch was beyond expectation. Rod is the right guy to do this type of trip with.
AJB Canada, March 2016