We use a police/military grade 25 feet (7.6M) RIBs powered by two 150HP Evinrude ETec engines. Seating configuration is cushioned bench seats facing each other giving a more conductive environment for sharing experiences along with a close proximity with the water giving you a feeling of being part of the action.
What’s a RIB? It’s a Rigid Inflatable Hulled Boat. The inner shell being made of strong and thick aluminium, while the flotation collar (or tube) is made of PVC, Hypalon or in our case Line-X coated Polyurethane material giving it the stability of a boat of a great larger size. Some refer to them as the 4×4 of the seas.
The boat itself is fully rigged for passenger transportation and 24/7 marine rescue, towing and salvage operations,such as
- Samson posts in front and back for towing
- Extra fire fighting equipment
- Reserve batteries with 25′ booster cables for boosting boat
- Electric and gas powered de-watering pumps
- Recording aft and deck night vision cameras
- Poly-steel cabling with soft shackles for safety
- Full GPS/Radar/VHF*2/DSC/AIS/EPIRB/NMEA2000 interconnected communication and navigation
- TC/Worksafe BC approved first aid kit
- Spare lifejackets
- Spare fuels and oils
- Dive gear onboard
- Common mechanical tool kit
In light of the dire state of present day local Orca pods, the new Fisheries rules of 200/400 meters keep away zone, and the overcrowding of boats at sight points, We are doing our part to lighten the pressure on these beautiful animals by not unduly annoying them with our presence, boat pollution and noises. If we do see some, good, if not we have multitudes of other wildlife such as porpoises, grey, humpback and minke whales, seals and scenery to share with you!
- Did you know it is estimated that in a year about 500,000 people come to Victoria to see the wildlife which very much includes the orcas.
- Did you know that as of May 31, 2019, the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population was comprised of just 76 individuals?