Kahurangi means “Precious Possession” and that is exactly what this beautiful yacht is. Charm, pedigree, and superb sailing qualites make her a very special yacht. This is a charter yacht for the sailor or those wishing to learn to sail and experience the thrill of just the wind and the sea.

Price 10,000 €
Length19 Metres
DestinationWestern Mediterranean, Balearics

Kahurangi may not be the largest sail yacht with Jack Tar Superyacht Charter but her beauty, grace and incredible history definitely qualify her as a super yacht.

The 19 metre sloop is based in Tenrife, Canary Islands in the northern winter and relocates to the Balearics in the Mediterranean for the summer. The yacht is available for charter for the weekly rate shown, she can also be chartered for a day or weekend.

Kahurangi is a hands on sailing boat that will let you experience sailing in the traditional way. The crew are experienced and will teach you how to sail the yacht while adapting to the conditions of sea and wind. Of course if you just want to lie in peace with nothing but the sea and wind to disturb you while watch the coast slip by or the dolphins and whales come to say hello, well thats fine too.

The Yacht can sleep 5 guests, in 3 cabins, though she can sail with 12. The accommodation may not be the most spacious but what she lacks in space she makes up for with charm. (There is is also the option of another berth for a sixth guest in the salon).

Kahurangi will let you experience sailing on a yacht that’s a thoroughbred with pedigree.

Brief History of Kahurangi

Kahurangi was built to the design of Arthur C. Robb for Lawrence D. Nathan, the great-grandson of David Nathan the pioneer founder of the family business L. D. Nathan and Co. Ltd (one of the oldest companies established in New Zealand).

Robb used the 12 metre rule back then as the basis for Kahurangi´s design so his first drawing of the boat was 55´ long, but Doug Bremner who was to be her first sailing master, saw the plan in London and told Robb he thought the design looked sawn-off. Robb told him: “that´s easily fixed”, and with a rubber and pencil put four feet on the bow and three on the stern.

Kahurangi was built by Percy Vos, a highly regarded Auckland boatbuilder and constructed of New Zealand kauri pine. This tree grows to tremendous heights  and has extremely long grain without any knots in the wood. She is built on the traditional platform, stringers and three skin planking system, a very strong way of construction which was going to prove vital later in her life. The yacht was two years in building, and was launched on November 20 of 1952.

The name Kahurangi means  “Precious Possession” in the native Maori language. At one time, she was the flag ship for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. (R.N.Z.Y.S.) and won nearly every trophy with the Squadron in the first division. The R.N.Z.Y.S has many trophies there with her name on it, there is a half model of her on the wall and a bronze sculpture at the entrance of the Club.

Many New Zealanders crewed Kahurangi during those years, a young Peter Blake was one of them until he grew to much higher sailing levels. Kahurangi was a much photographed boat with pictures of her showing up in yearly calendars, on tops of cookie tins and so on.

Her nickname in the city of Auckland and further a field was “The Big K”. Back in those days she was one of the biggest yachts ever built in New Zealand.

In 1967 Kahurangi did her first ocean race to New Caledonia (1300 hundred miles). In 1969 she did the 630 mile ocean race Sydney to Hobart. One of the crew was Frenchman Alain Colas who was doing his first ocean race. When Kahurangi arrived to Hobart in third position was moored beside Tabarly´s Penn Duik IV. It was there and then when Colas met Tabarly and their historic relation begun.

In 1977 Kahurangi departed from Auckland in a world cruise for never comeback… so far, but after so many years out of the country she is still well remembered and a street is named in her honour at Manurewa District in Auckland (Kahurangi Place).


Price From10000 €
Length19 Metres
Year Built1952
Year Refit2008
BuilderPercy Vos, NZ
ArchitectArthur Robb
Length overall19 Metres
Breadth overall3.8 Metres
Fuel Capacity350 Ltrs
EnginePerkins 85 hp


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