Divers Down Swanage
 
 

 

The New Boat

We thought all you divers deserved a bit of a treat so we have had a new catamaran built by GRP Laminates
and South Boats on the Isle of Wight.

In our constant efforts to improve the service at Divers Down
on Swanage Pier, we've had a South Boats Catamaran
built.  It was built in the factory of GRP Laminates
constructed to an excellent standard and overseen by the highly
skilled and very helpful Works Manager, Leon. The new boat is a
metre longer than Skua and has have a large enough cabin to
take all twelve divers. This has improved the comfort level
when going out to wrecks a little further away or when the
weather is not being kind to us. 

The picture to the left shows the cabin under construction with
the lads standing on the roof.

 
 

The picture to the right shows the hull being constructed
in the mould. 

 

 

 

 

 

How BIG is this boat!!!!!!!!!

Guess what colour.......

The hull and cabin are out of the mould and in a speial hanger.

Hmmm maybe an ORANGE cabin........

and what about a GREY hull - sounds familiar!!! 

Standing under here feels like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

 

28th October 2010 - The first engine going to be fitted - 450 h.p. Iveco.

Check out these Bad Boys!!!!!!!

450 lovely horses each engine

Oooh that will be 900 in total - Yahoo

Cabins now being fitted out

 

and the Rudders and steering gear are being fitted

 

The deck is going down and the chippy is considering his next move. 
Should he put down the section where Peter and Leon are just
checking to see if there is enough space for a double berth!!!

Well, the cabin is now on the hull and it looks huge.

 

 
   

  

Leaving Cowes - mmm quite flat.

 

Out in the Solent and getting a little choppy.

 

Well at last the boat is on Swanage Pier.

We would like to thank Trevor and Rocket from Poole who turned out in abysmal weather to take us over to the Isle of Wight and escort us back in seas which were more than a little challenging. 

Still the boat had a great test ride and before fitting out was sprinting at 30 knots!!

You have got to be joking - The boat looked really big in the boatyard!!

 

Finally we come past Ballard Down and thankfully

back into Swanage Bay.  Hurray!!!

Spike has now been running out of the Pier alongside Skua and Swanage Diver for 2 years. We've now replaced the old Swanage Diver with a new Cat. Make sure to come check them out and go for a dive!