These launches shadow our students when they are sailing the cutter, or journeying by waka ama. They're essential in ensuring the safety of our students, and are used to support the journey in many different ways - coach students, carry gear, provide privacy, tow, and deliver crucial supplies such as milo, flapjacks or first aid. They also ensure that Outward Bound is not relying on external agencies to support students or vessels.
Once students have been taught to sail, instructors leave the cutter and are able to supervise from a distance in one of these launches. This provides students with an important and unique opportunity to be in sole charge of a sailing vessel for significant parts of what is normally a three day journey. This experience teaches skills such as collaboration, knowledge-sharing and leadership, and aims to strengthen organisation, communication and decision making qualities.
The ability to carry out these activities is dependent on a full fleet of three escort vessels. The Tortuga design has proved to be an excellent fit for our needs. Replacing the Matakana with the same design as our existing launches will greatly help with training, compliance and maintenance.