We have just completed our maiden run with the new boat!
The vessel has exceeded all of my expectations!
On the Saturday we had a full boat load of 25 passengers and crew – 22 divers and three staff, a full complement of diving equipment (including 50 diving cylinders). The boat was able to effortlessly get up on the plane and cruise at 22 knots.
In the afternoon we returned from Blue Point, north of Sydney Heads and encountered strong south easterly winds gusting up to 30 knots with a two metre wind chop. The boat handled these conditions with such ease that the clients on board were able to move freely around the boat as if they were on a leisurely cruise down the harbour.
I have been running dive boats for 32 years now and have commissioned either directly or on a consultative basis, well over 50 vessels, from 14ft inflatables to 80ft liveaboards.
This is the first time I have had a boat up and running from day one and not a single thing to adjust, modify or repair. We just turned the motors over and commenced business.
The finish on the boat is outstanding. I have had numerous dive boat operators come up to me and make that observation. Pleass pass on these comments to your team at Stebercraft.
The diving layout for the boat I requested – dive platform – dive ladders and tank rack, seating and storage of equipment, is sensational. My crew, divemasters, instructors and most importantly, the customers, all commented on the ease of use and the sturdiness of the units. Again please pass on our thanks to the manufacturers.
The boat looks a treat, the signage fantastic. We look forward to a great season. A big THANK YOU from myself, Pat and the team at Pro Dive.
Russell de Groot,
C.E.O. Pro Dive International