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Welcome on board


Dona Catharina is a 60′  steel ketch, built for sailing worldwide in safety and comfort.
If you are planing a scientific  or research expedition, just  seeking  a sailing adventure, explore untouched reefs to dive on,  longing for beaches with no footprints, you may want to document foreign cultures and customs ,  beachcombe  uninhabitated islands, or just experience the solitude of an ocean crossing under sail,  then we invite you to join our us on board the Dona Catharina.

Examples of what we have done in the last years

2020 Dive Expedition around the nature reserve of the Kermadec Island

Dona Catharina on anchor behind Meyer Island , Raoul

After special permission from the Department of Conservation , a thorough hull clean and a rodent sniffer dog inspection we where sailing with 6 experienced marine biologists and divers to the untouched , and highly protected underwater paradise around Raoul Island, some 500 miles NE of New Zealand’s North Island


2018 :


Dona Catharina was the support, safety  and camera vessel for the Vaka Taumako Project https://vaka.org/ https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ourvaka/400410839

http://vaka.org https://donacatharinaexpeditions.com/2018/12/09/the-vaka-taumako-project-2018-2/

2017 :

Dona Catharina was involved in the Oma Tafua Whale Reseach Programe in Niue


Little side story https://nypost.com/2017/08/29/sailboat-captain-rescues-shipwrecked-family-from-remote-reef/

2016 :


Dona Catharina was the support vessel for the  making of documentary about Tikopia


would you like to join us on an exploring adventure? Check out the availability and vacancy page or contact us for more info

Donacatharinaexpeditions@gmail.com or just use the box below

Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if there is a project on your mind and where Dona Catharina could help you to make it a reality.

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