Boat Less These Holidays

Boat Less These Holidays
Consider a cruise on board a very classic looking wee ship on Lake Taupo. The Ernest Kemp isn’t a true woody (steel hull, wooden super structure, she was designed by Bruce Askew and built in Whangarei in 1980. Named after Alfred Ernest Kemp, the last member of the Kemp family to live at Kemp House Kerikeri. She briefly earned a living transporting passengers down the Kerikeri inlet. She was then sold in 1981 to business interests in Taupo, where she remains to this day.

You can read more on her history here. https://ernestkemp.co.nz/about-us

Ernest Kemp is 47’ in length and has a 3’ draft, perfect for the sometimes swallow lake waters she operates in. Powered by twin 4 cyl. Ford 73hp diesel engines that give her a cruising speed of 9 knots. 
Ernest Kemp offers scenic cruises on Lake Taupo  during the day and an early evening cocktail cruise. Details here https://ernestkemp.co.nz
photo below ex Angus Rogers

1 thought on “Boat Less These Holidays

  1. I skippered her for a short period out of Kerikeri, and remember her fondly. She was a rather different boat to handle, due to her deep forefoot and lack of aft deadwood, but once you got used to her she was really docile.

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