The words sustainable, low-impact, eco, and community involvement have become buzz-phrases in the tourism industry. They conjure up images of sophisticated, adventure-minded travelers jetting off to far flung corners of the world to kayak or surf or trek, dining on regional delicacies purchased from local farmers and fishermen, and then sleeping in hammocks in open-air palapas.
We believe that sustainable, community-oriented, values-defined tourism is just as important to the place where we make our lives and raise our children as it is on an atoll in the Indian Ocean or an Andean mountain top. We believe ethical business begins at home, and our home is Montauk, New York.
The Montauk Catamaran Company’s flagship is the James Wharram designed Tiki 38 S/V Mon Tiki. Mon Tiki is locally built from the keel up, by East End craftsmen, using low-impact construction methods.
Because safety is our first concern, S/V Mon Tiki is constructed in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) under US Coast Guard supervision, and to their exacting Inspected Passenger Vessel standards. Every phase of her construction, from initial design, to hull construction, to rigging and deck layout have undergone rigorous US Coast Guard review and certification. Only USCG Inspected Passenger Vessels are permitted by law to carry more than six passengers, and S/V Mon Tiki is the only sailing vessel operating full-time in the Hamptons that meets this exacting standard for design and safety.
Mon Tiki is also a low-emissions vessel. Primary propulsion is provided by her powerful schooner sail plan, giving her a comfortable cruising speed of 6-10 knots, and a top speed of up to 16 kts. Auxiliary propulsion is provided by ultra-clean, ultra-quiet Honda engines, but under normal operation these engines are used for harbor maneuvers only. Once at sea, Mon Tiki is a sailing vessel. During your time aboard, the sounds you’ll hear are the sounds of wind and water.