The Trust needed a vessel suited to local conditions, in particular with a shallow draft to allow berthing in the Causeway Inlet.

Concept drawings were prepared for a purpose-built ship, the hull to be built in steel on the mainland and possibly finished on the Island. But the project was simply too ambitious, in terms of both cost and construction.

The secondhand market failed to find a suitable vessel.

The solution emerged on the Trust’s doorstep, literally: the historic former trading cutter Kate.

21st Century Coastal Shipping for the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland NZ