“Pure Dive” is a 16 Metre foil-cat and as the name suggests, she is a purpose designed and built scuba dive vessel, set up to operate specifically for serious divers.
She operates to exclusive and pristine dive sites North of Port Douglas with 25 guests and is set to impress the dive experience seeker. The layout also has provision for overnight accommodation with two double berths /lounges either side of the helm and the lower cabin seats convert to a further four double berths. This is in the case where the vessel is chartered for overnight trips out to Islands, such as Lizard Island. Designed features include: top decks, sun lounges and large spacious upper and lower foredecks with comfortable day bed seating to maximize outdoor relaxation.
This vessel is for proud owners Calypso Charters,“Over the last few years operating Calypso I have found there is a strong demand in the market to operate a vessel solely for scuba dive enthusiasts. With the new design of this fast catamaran we will be able to access 3 exclusive sites on the Great Barrier Reef in one day,” Graham Jones said.
The design is from Paul Birgan and is of the new super deep vee type and utilizes the latest in carbon fiber twin foil technology developed in conjunction with Andy Duvall. These have been used in combination with Seafury Sf 30 Surface Drives, which in this case gives a substantial increase in speed and fuel economy over conventional propulsion systems.
She is powered by twin Cummins QSM 11 main engines (580 H.P) and twin disc 5114a gear boxes, giving a top speed of over 32 knots. Which is quite surprising since she is not of light weight construction.
Other features include:
- An in build dive compressor
- Dive banks run off a small independent Yanmar motor and Dicon side load system.
- Long range fuel capacity of 2 x 3000 ltr
- Hot and cold water showers and taps
- Large two door refrigerator
- Small galley.