Anakiwa cutter fleet modernised

A new cutter will help to put Outward Bound students through their sailing paces.

The new 9.75-metre fibreglass boat Endeavour III was transported from Nelson’s Dickson Marine to Anakiwa on Friday.

The cutter, an open sailing boat, will be used for sailing and rowing.

Outward Bound chief executive Trevor Taylor said a decision had been made to build three new boats after an accident in which one of the organisation’s cutters was run over in Queen Charlotte Sound last year.

“It’s repaired now and back on the water sailing, but when we looked at the other cutters and decided if they’d been in a similar accident, we would have had a more serious outcome.

“We took the view that for the safety of our students and courses, we should look at replacing the plank rigger cutters over a three-year period.”

As part of the celebrations and events around Outward Bound’s 50th anniversary this year, it had decided to raise money to build three new cutters, Mr Taylor said.

A total of $600,000 was needed. One boat had been completed, and the second was due to be built soon, also by Dickson Marine.

“[These boats] will last for another 50 years. They will last a lot longer than the other cutters.”

The Endeavour III went for its first sail last week. Mr Taylor said it handled well and was fast.

Dickson Marine sales manager Basil Hart said construction took about three months. The boat was designed by Jim Barnett of Blenheim, and because of increased buoyancy, it did not have to carry a liferaft, freeing up space.

Mr Taylor said the cutters were an integral part of the Outward Bound programme. Fairfax NZ

– The Marlborough Express

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