|Skin Deeper 11metre Catamaran
built for diving!
is the second 11m catamaran built to Ian Taylor’s
specification by South boats on the island of Wight
during the winter of 2006/2007. She’s built specifically
for divers in mind and was fitted out ready for charter
around March 2007. She is fully licensed and insured
to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew up to 60 miles offshore.
Skindeeper is fitted with all the latest electronics including,
radar, echo sounder, gps, DSC radio, computer potter
and AIS system. AIS is a new system available to ships
which receives information sent by all merchant ships
giving its position, speed, heading, name, call sign
etc which SKINDEEPER’S receiver
automatically puts this information on to its plotter
screen which makes diving near or in busy shipping lanes
much safer and easier.
|SKINDEEPER also has a pc onboard with
gas mixing, deco programs on it and a DVD player with
a surround sound system for the divers entertainment.
SKINDEEPER is a purpose built dive boat
with kiting up benches for 12 divers.She has a large hold so all the dive kit can be stored on board over night
.She has a dry seating area in the wheelhouse for up
to 6 people, a changing and bag stowage area down below
and a separate on deck flushing head (toilet). she is
SKINDEEPER also has a water boiler and powerful inverter to power the kettle (lots of hot
drinks supplied) and a microwave. SKINDEEPER
has a side door access for easy loading (no climbing
over gunwales) and stern door for easy exit .she is
fitted with a stern lift for easy and safe retrieval
of divers (no more ladders to climb) SKINDEEP
DIVING was the first dive operator to have
a stern lift, the idea being thought up by Andy Smith
(click on the history page).
Skin deep diving known for its offshore deep wreck
exploration seen here during a mid channel operation close
to a busy shipping lane
|Skin Deeper is Skippered by both the
owner Ian Taylor & Len Hurdiss.
All Skippers share the charters between them this way the
long offshore expeditions chartered by the deep wreck divers
ensures that each charter has a fresh and enthusiastic skipper
aboard for your charter. Click on any of the images to the
right to find out more about them
|SkinDeeper technical Specification
Hull length 11m
Powered 2x 350hp cummins diesel engines
Top speed 26knots
Cruising speed 18knots
Cruising range 280 nautical miles
|Click on any of the images above to enlarge.
Above From left to right; Skin Deep as
we have said was the first dive boat in the UK to fit a
lift to the back of a dive boat. The idea was introduced
by the late Andy Smith former skipper of Skin Deep when
his customers began diving deeper and using more and more
heaver equipment. Andy saw the problems of climbing the
ladder after a dive not to mention the strain enforced on
it especially divers using twin 20ltr cylinders and 15ltr
side slung's. Since then most charters have taken a leaf
from the Skin Deep book and fitted a lift for there customers,
now a wide range of divers can enjoy hard boat diving such
as elderly and disabled people and people that suffer injury's
by climbing from the water with scuba equipment.
Centre right shows a view inside the wheel house
where we have seating for customers if the weather becomes
wet and a table slides down from the pole you see and fixes
in position for customers to use when eating.
Far right shows a diver on the benches with plenty
of room. Like we say Skin Deeper was designed with divers
in mind and the kitting up benches are designed to allow
12 divers to comfortably get ready and exit the rear gate
when the skipper sounds the horn to dive.
If you have any questions about our dive boat or the charter
please email me Ian Taylor here>>> email