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SAFEHAVEN MARINE. Builders of the Interceptor & Wildcat range of offshore craft
DAN IV, the second WILDCAT to be completed.
Click here to read about her delivery voyage to Portsmouth, she was truly tested in some severe conditions!
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Jo Dan IV was custom
built to combine dual roles of Angling charter work and survey work. Using an
‘Island wheelhouse’ configuration, allows anglers to fish along the full
length of the craft, right up to and including the bow area. The accommodation
area has the helm positioned on the st/bd side with a galley situated behind.
Opposite to port is an L shaped seating area allowing 6 persons to be seated
comfortably. However to allow survey work to be carried out the seat back folds
out to form a long work top allowing computers and survey equipment, to be
operated in a comfortable working environment with AC sockets positioned along
the top. Access to the f/wd compartments is through a GRP hatch with easy access
to sleeping accommodation in the hulls and storage in a central compartment.
Very highly specified she has a 3kvs generator positioned in the port hull, AC circuits, shore power and battery charger. An AC water heater supplies continuous hot water. Main and auxiliary fuel tanks giving a combined tank capacity of 450 gallons (2000 litres) and a 700nm range. The fuel tanks were supplied by Tek Tanks and being plastic are lighter than stainless steel and not prone to fatigue, occurring over time on welds. The toilet is accessed from the aft cockpit and therefore can be easily washed down. Seating for 8 back to back is provide in the aft cockpit by a GRP moulding, incorporating an insulated fish hold, live bait well and a dry storage compartment. To facilitate divers, a stainless steel dive platform gives access to the water trough a transom door on the st/bd side. The dive ladder is removable and the platform itself folds back against the transom so as to not interfere with anglers. A very comprehensive electronics package was fitted by Gabriel Whitston of MES and includes Raymarine 10 and 12 inch plotters, a 16 and 24 mile radar, colour sounder, twin VHF’s and an autopilot.
VHF’s and an autopilot. She is fitted with twin Volvo 63P engines @ 370 hp and has a maximum speed of 26kts on a 10,200kg displacement with a comfortable 22kts cruise. Halyard water traps / silencers were fitted and considerably reduce noise levels aboard. With her ocean blue hull and orange roof top she is most striking, being very sleek and graceful, she will certainly turn heads wherever she goes. During sea trails her sea keeping and overall performance was excellent, capable of being driven hard in to head seas with zero slamming on the bridge deck, and outstanding directional stability in quartering and following seas.