A Boston whaler boat that is a contender for the title of best boat for cruising the water in Boston is heading to the world of boats and kayaks.
The Boston Whalers is headed to New Zealand, where it will make a grand debut in the Pacific Ocean.
Boston Whallyers will make its maiden voyage in New Zealand on June 8 and will be the second Boston whalers vessel to make its way to New England.
Boston whaling, or whaling in its purest sense, was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1974 and its international fishing grounds have been closed to the public since.
The whaling moratorium is set to end on September 1.
The New Zealand whaling fleet consists of four boats and four ships.
All four boats are the largest commercial whaling vessels in the world, and the ships weigh more than 100 tons.
New Zealand’s whalership industry is booming and the Boston Whals will bring the sport to the island nation.
“The Boston Whaling fleet is one of the largest whaling fleets in the region,” said New Zealand Minister for Industry and Fisheries Chris Bell.
“We will be joining a very strong and successful whaling industry that is well positioned in New England and we are excited to bring this exciting new vessel to New York for the first time in over 30 years.”
The Boston WHals will be traveling to New South Wales, Australia and New Zealand for two weeks of whale watching.
It will also be visiting Japan, where the Boston Whale Whaler will spend a week with Japanese whaling whalewomen.
Boston Whale, which was founded in 1975, has been whaling for more than 30 years.
In 2014, Boston Whales whaling ships were the only ones on the world’s largest floating whaling vessel, the Great Barrier Reef, when it whaled from Hawaii to the southern Pacific Ocean, and later from the South Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
In the past year, the fleet has whaled at least 12,000 tons of meat from South America, including a recent hunt off the coast of Chile.
New York City, New Jersey, and San Francisco have all granted Boston Whale whaling licenses, with the first boat, the Boston WHallyers, scheduled to enter the New York waters in early September.
“I’m excited to be back in New York, the place that I grew up in,” said Bill Stumpf, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries biologist.
“It’s a fantastic city and I’m so glad to be able to bring my family and my friends back.
We are going to see great things.”
The whalefish world will not be in a hurry to see the Boston Yacht Whaler.
New Yorkers are also not going to miss the sight of Boston’s own city boats, including the Boston Bay Fleet, which is expected to sail to the Atlantic Ocean and will make stops in Bermuda and St. Thomas.
“They’re great vessels and they’re a great sight,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose administration has been pushing for more whaling permits for the Boston fleet.
“But I think there’s still a lot of room for the boat to grow and to flourish.”
Boston Whamers whaling boats will not cruise the Atlantic, and they will be cruising in the New England area, not in the Gulf of Mexico.
But they are not going anywhere, either.
“With the right leadership and vision, we can make Boston the leading whaling port for the region for the next 20 years,” said Boston Wharfmaster Steve Ritchie.