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Old 12-08-2012, 03:44   #1
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Fiordland, NZ Chartering

Hi there,

I'm down at the South Pole until mid-November. A scientist friend and myself want to charter a sailboat once we're off-ice as a way to decompress from the dark and cold. As the subject says, we'd like to explore Fiordland. I sailed from Lyttleton to Akaroa in January and had a great time.

Bare or skippered is ok with us. Would any of you have a recommended company or independent source for a boat? Thought I would check with the experts here before random posts on craigslist.
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Old 13-08-2012, 03:20   #2
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Re: Fiordland, NZ Chartering

About as much chance as RPSC being re-awarded the USAP contract. No official bareboat down there and no boat owners who would be prepared to risk their boats for anything unofficial. It is a VERY challenging place to sail and there may be some skippered charters down there but I'm not aware of any. A very good place for tramping (hiking) though and a hook up with a cray (lobster) fisherman will provide you with plenty of excitement.
Are you playing HF darts with Scott Base etc. or has that sort of thing been banned as well?

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