Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Be as active as you like – take the helm, help set the sails, ride the bowsprit and climb the rigging – or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as it sails around the Bay of Islands.
Experience the Bay of Islands the old-fashioned way with a cruise on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history.
On the Full Day Sail, be as active as you like – take the helm, help set the sails, ride the bowsprit and climb the rigging – or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as she sails across the Bay. During your sail, the crew will share some of the rich history of the area with you. Step ashore and explore a secluded island or take a swim while your barbeque lunch is prepared.
During the Late Afternoon Sail, take in the views as the ship sails across the sheltered waters of the inner harbour. Enjoy an antipasto platter with a glass of wine* as the sun starts to set.
Available from 22 October 2016 - 30 April 2017. Afternoon sails are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
*Bar charges not included.
BRING: Sunscreen, swimwear, towel, warm clothing, walking shoes. DEPARTURE POINTS: This cruise departs from the Russell Wharf. Ferry travel from Paihia to Russell is included in your fare. View ferry timetable. EAT: Full day sail includes morning tea and BBQ lunch. Afternoon sail includes an antipasto platter with drinks available for purchase. GOOD TO KNOW: Please note the R. Tucker Thompson does not operate between May and October..
Built from 1970-1985, the R. Tucker Thompson’s design is based on the halibut schooners of the North West American coast. With a lofty rig of varnished oregon spars, Kwila decks and bulwarks and brasswork features, she looks the part of a 19th century working ship: purposeful and square-shouldered, but fast enough to out-run the law!
The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit trust which is a registered charity. All income derived from tourism sailing activities is used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access sail training voyages.
You can learn more about the R. Tucker Thompson at tucker.co.nz
Length Overall: 26 metres / 85 ft
Beam: 4.9 metres / 16 ft
Length on Deck: 18.3 metres / 60 ft
Draft: 2.6 metres / 8 ft 6"
Displacement: 60 tonnes
Engine: 180 horsepower John Deere diesel
Total Sail area: 179 sq metres / 3000 sq ft
Day Charter Capacity: 47 passengers