NEKTON DIVING CRUISES

SWATH TECHNOLOGY

SWATH at ShipyardThe Nekton Pilot utilizes Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) technology to provide you with the smoothest ride on your vacation.

Why is a SWATH vessel so stable? The key is the two submarine pontoons (pictured above) that can ride completely submerged beneath the surface of the water (unlike a catamaran where the pontoons only ride on the surface of the water.)

As a diver, you realize that even on a rough day, the water is calmer just a few feet below the choppy surface - that's precisely where the pontoons which provide the buoyancy for a SWATH are located - hence the submerged pontoons act as stabilizers giving you the feeling you're on a vessel more than eight times its size!

SWATH -vs- Mono HullThe Nekton Pilot is the 32nd SWATH in the world and the only SWATH designed and engineered from the ground up specifically for scuba divers. The Nekton Pilot measures 78 feet (25 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide.

Propulsion is provided by two large diesel engines located down aft in the pontoons thus isolating the guest area from noise and vibration and providing for more space. Electrical power is provided by redundant diesel auxiliary engines.

Ballast tanks in the pontoons can be flooded with seawater and pumped out by huge pumps in very short notice. Ballasting up (catamaran mode) allows for shallow water harborage (6 feet / 1.8 meters) and maximum speed. Ballasting down (SWATH mode) provides for maximum stability.

The entire dive platform raises and lowers via hydraulic lifts.

The Nekton Pilot has modern instrumentation and communications including an Inmarsat gyro-stabilized satellite station with voice, fax and Internet access; dual GPS navigation; RADAR; real-time weather data; EPIRB; high-seas SSB short-wave and VHF radios; and cellular telephone.

The Nekton Pilot also has an onboard Pentium class PC with USB, SCSI Zip Drive, Nikon Super Coolscan 2000 hi-res 35mm slide scanner, and Color printer.  Internet Email connectivity is possible via satellite.  This PC is also capable of uploading dive computer logs via RS-232 interfaces.

Telephone via calls via satellite can be placed anytime while onboard via pre-paid satellite calling cards which can be purchased onboard.


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