The boat will be powered by two Iveco N67 420 hp engines each driving a five-bladed propeller through a twin disc gearbox. These will enable the boat to achieve speeds up to 23-knots or to cruise economically at 18-knots when it is expected to consume just 45 litres of fuel per hour. This is made possible by minimising unnecessary weight while retaining strength and by the design of what will be a turquoise-coloured Blyth Workcats hull. This has been developed to provide optimal performance through the water while also maintaining the company’s reputation for tough reliability and exceptional sea-keeping in extreme conditions. These features are seen as important benefits for the Dive Centre’s customers and the boat will consequently receive Irish P5 certification for it to operate up to 60-miles offshore with the hull specified to LLR SSC G2 rules.
Accommodation for passengers and crew will consist of a wheelhouse and a small saloon seating area with a toilet and galley facilities. The bright orange wheelhouse roof will extend aft for 8-feet to create a partially enclosed sheltered area for passengers. There will be fold-down stainless steel seating along each side of the after deck and bench seating in the centre and racks fitted for carrying divers’ air cylinders. An important feature for the dive centre’s customers will be a hydraulic dive lift mounted on the transom. Access will be through a transom gate leading directly onto the after deck to ensure the easy deployment and recovery of divers.
The Mevagh Dive Centre is located near Letterkenny in County Donegal. The business has grown steadily since it was established in 2004 and the new Blyth Workcat will be an integral part of its ongoing expansion. Operating out of Downings, the new boat will offer diving and angling excursions as well as providing sea safaris along the Atlantic coast. Mevagh Dive Centre also has a purpose-built, heated sea water pool and supports the full range of PADI scuba dive courses. There is also bed and breakfast accommodation available at the centre.
The 11-metre Blyth Workcat was chosen by the Mevagh Dive Centre from a range consisting of 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17-metre catamarans that are built for all types of marine work. This includes wind farm support, surveying, passenger ferry, fishing charter or any other workboat tasks that require high performance and good sea-keeping combined with stability and extensive load carrying capability. All are built from GRP to offer important advantages over metal hulled boats such as lower running costs and a much lower initial outlay when buying the vessels. GRP boats also keep their good looks for longer and can also be built to provide strength where it is needed and valuable weight savings wherever the design permits it. The strength yet comparatively light weight of a Blyth Workcats GRP hull also enables smaller engines to be used. This results in greater economy and higher speeds which, due to carefully designed hull profiles and chines, improve handling and sea-keeping in extreme conditions. Hull lamination and construction is governed by meticulous quality control so the customer can benefit from a boat that has been built to exactly meet their requirements while enabling rugged strength and reinforcement to be applied where it is needed.
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