Fancy a day on the water on one of the trust's wooden boats?
The Trust boats are berthed in front of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum and at Heritage Landing in Wynyard Quarter. They are on permanent display, as prime examples of New Zealands early wooden boats, to visitors to the museum and Princes Wharf in Downtown Auckland. Many of the volunteers and staff who work in the museum are also crew members of the classic yachts. This gives them hands on experience, broadens their understanding of how these magnificent boats from the past are sailed, and how to maintain them.
The boats are open to the public during Auckland events such as the Auckland International Boat Show and Auckland Anniversary Day. On these days members of the public are invited to view the boats and encouraged to become crew members which can entail helping to maintain the boats and gaining experience sailing on them. Many join the boat for a "one off" once in a life-time experience, and this is always encouraged.
Many international boating enthusiasts and sailors who have sailed on the boats in earlier years also learn of the boats location through word of mouth and join the crew for outings.
Many people who have sailed on these vessels develop a long term attachment to the boats and join the friends of The Classic Yacht Charitable Trust to help maintain and/or fund the maintenance of these magnificent vessels.
To become involved in the preservation of these classic yachts click the friends of CYCT link below.