Queensland Premier HON Peter Beattie MP launched Scuba World’s dive vessel “Dive Express” in December 2006. The 11.3 metre Naiad rigid hull inflatable is perfect for diving the ex-HMAS BRISBANE and the close inshore reefs. It is spacious, fast, and has all the comforts divers look for in a boat.
The boat itself is a real head turner! Its inflatable tubes are flame red in colour with a matching red canopy with white stripe. The canopy supports are painted jet vessel has a stepped hull and this design provides the divers with the softest ride a beam in excess of four metres it has plenty of room for divers to move around vessel is powered by twin 250 horse power Suzuki four stroke outboards giving it a top speed in excess of forty knots and a cruising speed of around thirty knots.
The boat trip from the entrance of Mooloolaba Harbour to the ex-HMAS BRISBANE is just over ten console is located towards the front of the vessel and this leaves plenty of space down the middle of the boat for seating for all divers and their two storage and ease of loading and unloading are crucial to satisfying divers.
Thoughtful planning and careful execution have resulted in a simple, yet effective solution. The custom made black PVC tank racks not only look good, they are fully diver’s personal snorkeling system is located directly under their seat. Weight systems are stowed out of the way directly in front of each diver. Light gear such as caps, sun glasses and jackets can be stowed above the diver’s seat under the canopy.
Diver comfort and safety are of the utmost importance in any dive charter operation. Both issues have been properly addressed with the water entries.Divers have the choice of either a roll back entry off either side of the vessel or if they choose they can perform a giant stride entry from the rear of the vessel.
Divers appreciate the ease of exiting the water using the duel ezy-fold aluminium ladders and handrails. They are very sturdy.There is a marine toilet on board and a shower is located at the rear of the vessel.There are drop down clear side covers for use if the weather turns day’s dive boat experience will be even further enhanced when you travel on this impressive vessel.