About Talisker and Us

Peter & Iris at Indian IslandPeter is a retired fisherman with 30 years local experience, is qualified as Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel, Engineer Local Ship and was Forest Ranger in Charge on Stewart Island. He was also a senior field leader for YMCA Adventure Camps, organising and leading expeditions into Fiordland and Stewart Island. Iris & Peter were Secretary & Chairman of the Stewart Island Branch, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. Iris was relieving District Nurse on Stewart Island for 15 years and is a keen hiker. She also is a trustee of Ulva Island. We are PADI divers.

We are enthusiastic about Stewart Island and Fiordland and consider it a great privilege to share these special areas with our guests. Both locations have an enormous amount to offer to the visitor who is interested in the outdoors. As Department of Conservation concession holders for Stewart Island and Fiordland we will be happy to tailor a package to suit you and your interests.

Under Sail in DuskyTalisker is a 17 metre (56 foot) steel ketch. Designed by John Pugh she was launched in 1994 at Whanganui. Initially a private family cruising yacht, we bought her in 1998 and fitted her out for chartering. She has a 130 hp diesel engine plus 6 kva generating plant and fuel giving a trans Tasman range under engine. Talisker is surveyed by "M&I" under the Safe Ship Management System for coastal and offshore work. She has state of the art navigation and communications equipment including radar, 2 GPS receivers and plotter with integrated auto pilot, 2 fixed Zodiac up Camelot RiverVHF radios, 2 hand held VHF radios, HF SSB radio, weather fax and 2 echo-sounders. A dive compressor plus weights and tanks are carried as is oxygen for diver safety. Talisker has two 6 person Zodiac inflatables plus 15hp outboard motors as tenders. Galley

As an aside "Talisker" is named after "Talisker" Whisky.  The Talisker distillery is on the exposed west coast of the island of Skye, on the seaweedy shores of Loch Harport. Talisker House nearby is the seat of the eldest son of the MacLeod clan and takes its name from the Norse name for the mountain Thalas Gair or Sloping Rock.

Accommodation aboard Talisker is comfortable with three private double cabins plus crews quarters. For less formal parties Talisker can sleep up to 11 guests. All linen, duvets etc are supplied. The saloon is raised giving guests good visibility at all times. There are two toilets plus shower and central heating (even heated towel rails) throughout. Teak and mahogany joinery give a mellow tone below decks. In the galley a gas oven plus 4 burner top, grilling microwave, Double Guest Cabinfreezer, refrigerator, dishwasher and all the normal kitchen appliances make the cooks life a breeze. A barbecue is carried on deck.

We have found Talisker to be an excellent seaboat. She sails well and if required can handle the heaviest weather. Guests are encouraged to participate in sailing and navigating Talisker, or if they wish just to "lay back and watch it all pass by".

We are happy for guests to fish and will be delighted to add the catch to the menu. However we do restrict catches to immediate needs. Guests may take one days catch home at the end of the charter.

Contact Us At :-

Talisker Charters ( http://www.taliskercharter.co.nz )
Peter & Iris Tait,
( tait@taliskercharter.co.nz )
11 View St, P.O. Box 66, Stewart Island , New Zealand,

 phone / fax +64 3 219 1151

Web site created by Peter Tait, ( tait@taliskercharter.co.nz )

site updated August  2002

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