"We'd load it up with 10 people and go fishing, polar bear sighting, that type of thing," Hutchison says. "It was an open plan, not a yacht tender, more of a workhorse. We could throw stuff in and drag stuff out."
Helm electronics were key, Hutchison says, aboard the tender and Rosehearty herself. Help can be days away, and ice packs can move in fast. Being able to receive regular weather and ice reports, as well as contact the authorities daily, was crucial.