Spring 2017

We are back on the water for 2017 and have had a great Easter to kick off the year. With our regular trips around Ramsey showing off the large number of Atlantic Grey Seals on the beaches for the malting season, nesting sea-birds arriving back ready for the breeding season, and our resident harbour porpoise feeding in the sound. We have also had trips down to Skomer where the latest Puffin count puts the numbers at 3000 more than this time last year, that’s over 25000 Puffins! 

We have an all new fleet of vessels this year built over the winter with the most up-to-date navigation and safety equipment and fitted with new G2 300hp Evinrude engines allowing for a smooth safe voyage around the Pembrokeshire Islands.

As the waters warm up we will start our Offshore Islands Expedition looking for Dolphins and Whales out towards Grassholm and the Smalls Lighthouse. Last year saw some of our largest Common Dolphin pod sizes on record as well as a good number of Minke Whale and Rissos Dolphin. This year we hope for the same and even better so keep your eyes peeled if you are joining us on that trip which should start around Whitsun.

We are excited for another successful year showcasing what we have to offer here in Pembrokeshire and we look forward to taking you out on one of our excellent sailings.

Team Voyages

PEMBROKESHIRE TOURISM AWARDS 2016

PEMBROKESHIRE TOURISM AWARDS 2016

We are pleased to announce we have reached the final round in the Pembrokeshire Tourism 2016 – Best Access for the Disabled Visitor Award. We have been put up against three other great businesses that all deserve credit for the work put into providing access for disabled customers.

The primary reason for us reaching this stage is due to our new vessel ‘Viking Surveyor’, our first disabled access vessel. The vessel can carry up to 12 disabled passengers at any one time around Ramsey Island allowing those previously unable to go on a boat trip the opportunity to experience the island first hand.

Let us also take a chance to thank the hard work of all the staff both on and off the water that have helped make this possible. From the boys up the workshop helping firstly build and then maintain the vessel, the staff on the boats themselves delivering excellent service from the minute they start till the end of the day despite often working long and hard hours, and the staff on the shore in both the office and on the slipway helping coordinate the trips and making them work for both passengers and staff alike. Without the hard work of all of our staff, running these trips would be impossible.

ST DAVIDS RNLI STATION

ST DAVIDS RNLI STATION

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.

BASKING SHARK

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.

VIKING SURVEYOR – OUR NEWEST VESSEL

VIKING SURVEYOR – OUR NEWEST VESSEL

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.

CHARITY FUN DAY 2016

CHARITY FUN DAY 2016

For 2016 our chosen charity is Prostate Cymru, our first event of the year took us up the Cleddau estuary stopping at points of interest ending up in Haverfordwest. The event was a great success with all passengers saying what a fantastic afternoon and evening it was. In all we raised over £1300 for Prostate Cymru which will go towards promoting awareness and funding equipment for sufferers and families of people with prostate cancer.

We started at our usual place of departure, St Justinians, setting off through Ramsey Sound into St Brides Bay. We crossed the bay and stopped off for a short break at Skomer Island, home to the largest Puffin breeding colony in Pembrokeshire. From there we head through Jack Sound and up the Cleddau stopping at Dale and passing Milford Haven before finishing in Haverfordwest where a bus back to St Davids had been arranged.

If anyone would like to donate to Prostate Cymru then please visit their website – www.prostatecymru.com. We can also take cash donations in our booking office in St Davids.

Thanks everyone for such an amazing day!