Innovative Vessel nears Completion
After just 25 weeks of construction Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles’ new and innovative catamaran Crusader is nearing completion in Motueka. The impressive vessel has been moved out of the construction shed for the final finishing touches to be added, and is on track for a DEC launching.
From the unique alloy planked hulls to the belt driven, forward facing propellers, the innovations will make for a stable and environmentally friendly ride at maximum efficiency.
The design aims to eliminate much of the sideways rolling and wake issues associated with other vessels crossing Tasman Bay and operating in the park.
The Crusader is the flagship of the Kaiteriteri – Totaranui run for the full length of the park and will be departing twice a day. During the height of the season Crusader will also depart from Nelson to Kaiteriteri and return. Once she has reached Kaiteriteri she will board further passengers and then commence the run into the park. The Nelson service complements the existing Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle service.
“Many visitors to the area stay in Nelson and then experience the Abel Tasman in a day. The new boat gives the opportunity for these visitors to have a choice of coach or boat to the Park,” says sales and marketing manager Mark Chapman.