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An Aluminium 'inflatable' dive boat from OCEAN CRAFT

In late December, Queensland's Ocean Craft delivered the inflatable-style aluminium dive boat 'Julie'

Built to Queensland 2C/2D survey, the vessel was designed by Ocean Craft's Mike Jessop.

With an overall length of 5.9 metres on a 2.4 metre beam, the vessel has a depth of 0.7 metres and a draught of 0.3 metres. The boat displaces 2.4 tonnes and has a deadweight calculated at 1.9DWT.

Propulsive power is supplied by a single Tohatsu 104kW outboard and the vessel achieves a maximum speed of 33 knots and has a cruising speed of 20 knots.

Ocean Craft has been building all-aluminium inflatable-style boats, designed for diving, spearfishing and snorkelling, since May 1999. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Caloundra, Queensland, the company is currently celebrating the production of its 109th aluminium boat.

Ocean Craft claims to have turned conventional naval design on its head as its vessels perform as trimarans at rest, as outriggers when turning and monohulls when planing - and yet look like and remain an inflatable boat that actually retains its pneumatic properties.

And even though the vessels are constructed of marine grade aluminium plate alloy, the Ocean Craft boats retain their shock absorbing features owing to their airtight and watertight buoyancy sections. The tubes give Ocean Craft vessels excellent buoyancy and stability and, according to Ocean Craft, are guaranteed never to sink. So certain is Ocean Craft of their vessels' stability, they offer a lifetime warranty or your money back.

The vessels' deep Vee, 30-degree deadrise is claimed to be the deepest available on a planing monohull in the world. Ocean Craft states that, coupled with its unique Posi Lift Hull, its vessels deliver a featherbed ride and get up on the plane faster than other boats, while the unique properties of its hulls mean that the user is also "guaranteed" to overtake any other boat with the same sized outboard engine.

Ocean Craft's aerodynamic bow, wave piercing and recessed, delayed lift hull means the user can tackle wind and waves head on.

The vessels are designed and built from the ground up and are available in 5.2m, 6m, 7.2m, 8m, 9m, 10m, 11m, 12m, and 13m lengths, in a range of configurations, for any application.

Ocean Craft claims its boats are the only all-aluminium plate alloy boats in the world that are pressure tested at the time of manufacture.

Ocean Craft currently has a five, a six and an eight metre dive boat on order.

For further information contact:
Ocean Craft, Queensland.
PH: (07) 5499 6937, FX: (07) 3102 6284,
Click here to contact the sales office via E-mail



AUSMARINE February 2009 P.27
OCEAN CRAFT AUSMARINE Article February 2009 p.27

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