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, Heritage Landing open days 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 by oour skippers.
Many international boating enthusiasts and sailors who have sailed on the boats in the last century also learn of the boats location through word of mouth or social media and join the crew for outings taking the chance to reminisce of days gone by.
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.