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The Skipper was all that can be expected of a seasoned mariner. He and his crew were approachable, knowledgeable, helpful, and gracious to a fault. The vessel, S/V Arcturus, has a storied history and is well documented in the library aboard. The upkeep and seaworthiness of the boat is immaculate, and the facilities aboard function as intended. This is not a new, shiny 2022 sailing yacht. 1930s technology, with some modern touches are present, and fully functional. I would do this again, with perhaps more time aboard, without any hesitation. Kudos to crew and Skipper for an enjoyable time.
What a great experience! Skipper Bruce is a real professional - knows what he is doing, actively engaged our throughout - talking to us about the boat, teaching us a bit about sailing, and sharing about Auckland/NZ generally. The boat is great as well - interesting history, fully restored. 30+ knot winds sure helped, but we had a great time and highly recommend chartering with Bruce.
Amazing sail on a beautiful boat. Professional and kind skipper and crew. Enriching experience for our family. Took time and interest in teaching our two boys more seamanship. One of our best experiences in New Zealand.