In June 2014 work began on St Davids RNLI new lifeboat station. Sitting adjacent to the old station, the new station sits hidden behind the cliff faces and blends beautifully with the natural surroundings. Rhys, director of the company, went down to the station several times during its construction to have a look around and see how progress was going. The station is nearly complete, with slip trials already complete and everything in place for operation in the near future.
A fairly unusual sighting this week, a Basking Shark was spotted on our offshore voyage near the Smalls Lighthouse. The Basking Shark is a large shark found in cool waters throughout the world and feeds on plankton, filtering the plankton from the sea by passing water into its mouth from swimming. They feed close to the surface which is why they are spotted more often than other species of sharks. It is an easily identified species due to its extremely large mouth dominating the other features that the species has.
Our newest vessel is a little different to our boats in the past. Meet ‘Viking Surveyor’ an 8.5m Quinquari Marine special, designed for disability access trips and sustainable fishing expeditions. The vessel is powered by two Evinrude 150hp outboard ETEC engines allowing us to reach our fishing spots quickly, maximising the time our passengers can spend actually fishing. The trip also has a hydraulic drop down front allowing wheelchairs, pushchairs and passengers with mobility issues to easily get onto the boat. This brings us in line with our company policy of being able to take people of all ages and mobility with us on a voyage. She is fitted with the latest Raymarine navigational equipment allowing her to be used in all conditions. She is also designed to be used for surveying work, diving charter along with the transportation of goods to offshore islands.
Surveyor is ready for operation now, opening up our voyages to those previously not able to join us. We look forward to seeing you all soon.
If you would like to take advantage of our new wheelchair vessel then please contact the office on 01437 721911 where we will be more than happy to help.