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SAFEHAVEN MARINE. Builders of the Interceptor & Wildcat range of offshore craft
WRECK HUNTER II
Wreck Hunter is a WILDCAT 'Angling Dive version' Catamaran built for Joe Lynch who operates a sea angling charter business from Crosshaven Co Cork. She is the fourth WILDCAT built and the 37th craft built by us. Joe ordered the craft 12 mths ago and being local to the yard was witness to several demonstration runs in rough gale force conditions and was impressed by the catamarans stability and sea keeping, and during one demonstration witnessed a Wildcat doing, as he puts it “Amazing things at crazy speeds in seas I wouldn’t have even been out in with my old 38ft monohull”.
Wreck Hunter is fitted with the most sophisticated array of electronics yet fitted to a craft by Safehaven Marine. The installation was completed by our electrician Gaybrial Whitston of M.E.S, whose vast experience when head of electronics in the navy was invaluable. The installation features a Simrad CM60 3D mapping sonar allowing Joe to acuratly map and record a three dimensional image of bottom features, which will be an invaluable tool for the long range wrecking he intends to use the craft for. Also fitted are a Simrad 10” display RA42 24nm radar, EQ60 Echo sounder, long range Sailor MF radio, Trimble 300D GPS for sub 1m accuracy, Interphase forward looking sounder, Simdard VHF and Simrad auto pilot. Also fitted is an underwater camera as well as reversing and aft cockpit viewing and recording video for recording angling action as well as a computer and printer with laminator for printing pictures of customers catches. For long trips a DVD and LCD TV screen should pass the travelling time. Power to supply all this with electricity was provided with a second large output alternator fitted to the port engine and 2 x 2.5kw invertors.
Wreck hunter has been specifically designed for her intended role of long range wrecking. Her cabin is very comfortably fitted out with a full galley including microwave & fridge. There is comfortable seating for seven and a long roof overhang in the aft cockpit providing shelter. Her toilet is accesed from the aft cockpit and is thus easily hosed down. A new GRP moulding for the rear cabin b/head further enhances her quality. Featuring an Island wheelhouse design, allowing anglers to fish not only from the vast aft cockpit with its 15ft 6” beam, but right up the sides of the cabin allowing 12 anglers to fish in comfort without continuously tangling their lines. Mooring is safe and easy with such good deck accesability and is further eased with the fitting of a 80kgf bow thruster.
Wreck hunter is fitted with twin Yanmar 370hp engines and has a maximum speed of 28kts on a 9,200kg displacement. This allows a 22kt loaded cruising speed sustainable even in rough conditions due to her strong construction which features bottom framing less than 200mm apart. Joes operational envelope will be significantly extended with his new craft, he will be able to fish in comfort in conditions that simply would not be possible in a conventional mono hull and suffer fewer cancellations. When it turns nasty offshore, you wouldn’t want to be in anything else.
As a final note Wreck Hunter has to be the most striking craft around, the Wildcats great looks are bought to attention by her vivid orange livery, she will not pass unnoticed.
On a final note we had to include these mad pictures of Joes sports car in matching orange which we couldn't resist sticking under the cats hulls during the launch!
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