Availability and Vacancy


“It’s extremely difficult to get these jobs because you can’t get a job on a ship unless you have seaman’s paper’s, and you can’t get seaman’s papers unless you have a job on a ship. There had to be a way to break through the circle, and this ship was the one that arranged it for me.” » Paul Austere

This is our plan

Before we leave for a fully booked science expedition in October 2020, we have a little time left to explore some of the stunning anchorages along the north east coast of New Zealand.
We have some limited space left for this relaxing costal cruise. It will suit people who would like to sail offshore, but prefer to give it a bit of a try first .

please scroll down to our 2021 itinerary. Or make a suggestion for your own, Taylor made expedition.

We will certainly do some overnight sailing, but any anchorage will be within a days reach .
So There will be plenty of time for close up exploration of the coast by kayak or dinghy. The brave once can snorkel or dive, and any sailing novice can practice their navigation and sailing skills under guidance of a professional keelboat instructor.

Next upcoming voyage will see us sailing north ,towards the tropical SW pacific island .

The below described voyage is now postponed until 2021 or until borders to our pacific neighbours re-open

Our main focus is a third visit to the remote community of a small isolated Island This time we want to keep our promise towards the Chief and bring a sample of a composting toilet. During discussions with the chief on previous visits it became apparent, that he has seen the connection between a fly problem, the high infection wound infection rate and the custom of using the sea as toilet. He has asked us to research a solution for this problem, and we encourage anyone ,who is knowledgeable on this subject to get in contact with us.
This voyage was to take place September 2020, and was fully subscribed. But as we are forced to reschedule it for 2021 . We will need to re-advertise for some new crew. So if you think, that you could contribute towards the success of this trip, please let us know.

Heading into 30+ knots in sheltered waters is fun. In the open sea Dona Catharina will be safe, but it may be not so much fun

If you feel this could be something you, or someone whom you know ,would like to be part of, please contact us via our contact page or mail us on donacatharinaexpeditions@gmail.com

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