The Vessel

Ocean Adventurer : 'The Octopus' is a purpose built day charter catamaran, which operates as the daily Marine Eco tour yacht out of the V&A Waterfront Cape Town. The vessel is an adapted high performance sailing catamaran, built by Scape Yachts - www.scapeyachts.co.za With the efficient hulls, the boat needs minimal propulsion to achieve good performance, making it as environmentally as possible for a charter vessel. The original design was adapted, by adding planing boards to the sterns, and raking the bows forward. The vessel is licensed to carry 40 passengers. SAMSA certification

Ocean Adventurer 2 : 'OA2' -The newest addition to the Ocean Adventurer family. This 82 ft power catamaran, is the only one of its kind in existence. Built by Dufour yachts in France, there were 16 of these hulls built, of which OA2 is the only power version. Its fast, economcal with a good range. Top speed 21 knots, cruising speed 14-16 knots. Capable of transoceanic crossings. The vessel has accommodation for 12, 3 double cabins and 1 cabin with 4 bunks + crew accommodation. Generator, watermaker, dive compressor, 12 dive bottles, 2 x 5,2m tenders plus 1 x 25hp, 1 x 40 hp outboards, BBQ, inflatable couches, TV/DVD, and a whole lot more add up to a great well specified expedition yacht. MCA certified.

Hummingbird: The only Fjord 40 in South Africa, this sexy sportsboat is capable of 38 knots with excellent sea keeping. With a deep V hull design, huge hard chines above the V, and big topsides it is a very comfortable, dry dayboat. The open deck, with excellent aft seating and forward loungers ensures a very comfy day on the water. The vessel is licensed for 12 passengers.

Ocean Adventurer 1 : The first Ocean Adventurer vessel, the 115ft wave-piercing stabilised monohull - now sold to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This iconic vessel was built in 1998 to beat the Round the World powered speed record, as the Cable & Wireless Adventurer. I (David de Villiers) found the vessel in 2007, semi abandoned in up the Itchen river in Southampton. After negotiating the sale, I set about rebuilding the vessel, and relocated it to Cape Town. From there, I successfully operated the vessel as an expedition charter vessel, until approached by the Sea Shepherd's in 2010, to utilise the vessel for their conservation activities. In my time with this great vessel, we chartered throughout the Indian Ocean, doing surf, dive, fishing charters. Highlights were diving the Sardine run, rescuing a dismasted racing yacht from the Southern Ocean (record recovery tow), surfing southern Madagascar, diving and fishing Bassas da India, running form pirates in the Seychelles, exploring the pristine Seychelles atolls.

Big Atlantic Adventure

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An Adventurer’s Tale -Words & Images: Craig Barnett

In July 1998 the Cable & Wireless Adventurer, a stabilised mono-hull designed by Nigel Irens, circumnavigated the world in 74 days, 20 hours and 58 minutes. The craft smashed the previous record held by the nuclear submarine USS Triton by nearly nine days - an achievement that remains unbeaten. With wave piercing characteristics the extremely slender hull decreases ‘drag’, achieving a significant reduction in fuel consumption through improved hydrodynamic efficiency.

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