Diving from small boats has always been an important part of the Club's activities. In the early days members used an inflatable craft that had to assemble on the beach. Now we are fortunate to have a highly capable rigid inflatable boat (RIB), fondly called ‘Vixen’. Fully kitted up Vixen can take up to eight divers and two crew members out to most UK dive sites.
Built from the dive version of Ribcraft's highly successful 6.8 metre offshore range, Vixen is powered by a Suzuki 175hp in-line four-cylinder four-stroke. She can achieve around 36 knots per hour but we prefer to cruise at a more economical 20 - 25 knots per hour.
On-board safety equipment includes a radar reflector, oxygen kit, first aid kit and offshore flare pack. Vixen is also installed with Lowrance electronics which allows integrated use of engine management data, side scan sonars, conventional sonar, GPS and cartography.
One of the main benefits of having our own boat is that we can explore where ever we choose, whenever we want. It also enables us to participate in wider community activities and celebrations. For example in 2012 Vixen was one of 1,000 boats that took part in a international boat run along the Thames in London to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee Celebrations. Photos from the day can be seen in our gallery. More recently we took Vixen up to the Menai Straight with a view to participate in the 2019 RNLI boat run, however, poor weather meant that we couldn’t get into the water. At least we have Normandy to look forward to!