Elwing is really a small ship – 14 metres long (46 feet) on deck. She sails (cutter rigged), has an auxillary engine, and is a very capable vessel. Aboard are a range of ‘toys’ (activity items) including kayaks, rubber dinghies and outboards, depending on your requirements.
Elwing is licensed to take up to 12 passengers on overnight adventures and 22 passengers for day excursions although we find that 6 adults on a voyage is a comfortable number.
She is named after Princess Elwing in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, [daughter of Dior, wife of Eärendil the mariner, and mother of Elrond]. In short Elwing means “Star Spray” of a waterfall glistening in the moonlight. So… a very fitting name for a beautiful ship! And in the context of Elwing Discoveries so “at home” with her voyages in southern New Zealand.