Unique, Intimate, Authentic.
A cruise on Katabatic should be a Marlborough Sounds bucket list experience.
Katabatic is Grant Orchard’s legacy from his father and steeped in history.
When you step aboard you will be briefed on all safety features, lifesaving appliances and the boats amenities. Walking into the wheelhouse where the story of Katabatic begins!
Like all wooden boats, the tale of Katabatic is romantic. She was to be Grant's father’s swan-song, a fast, comfortable vessel in which to enjoy the Sounds and surrounding waters of the Marlborough region.
Sadly, she was only half completed when he passed so, in his honor Grant set out on the long journey to finish her. The build was financed through his work as a renowned Chef on off-shore Mega Yachts, finally commissioned after 8 years of work, in 2013.
Grant knows Marlborough, he will give you a personalized and unique experience. You will cruise through the labyrinth of the Sounds with as little or as much historical and interesting commentary as you like. Grant can take you to gorgeous places like Double Cove to feed the fish, Ruakaka to view where the Salmon grow, Hitaua Bay to fetch some fresh Mussels off the farm or maybe across the bay to pluck some Pāua from the sea floor! The possibilities are truly endless.
Being a Chef by trade and having the boat set up as it is lends its self to showcasing all the specialty products that Marlborough has to offer. From Cranky Goat cheeses to local cold pressed Olive oil and preserves. Home baked bread is what meals are built around. Grant has his very own sourdough culture which has been powering up delicious loaves since 2014. Meals on board can be accompanied by Marlborough’s award-winning wines with purchasing and BYO options available.
Activities can range from hiking, mountain biking, fishing, marine and wildlife spotting and more.
After a magic day onboard, you will leave Katabatic wanting to go and do it all over again!
unequaled water views
Jetty 8, Berth 4. Picton Marina.
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