Adelaide Ship Construction International launched this spectacular 26.5 metre dive charter vessel in 2003 for Reef Cam, a dive charter vessel operator from Cairns. This attractive Peter James designed vessel is based on the a successful general purpose tuna farm tender / tow vessel hull. It features accommodation for 35 passengers and 12 crew, and the rakish appearance hints at her work horse origins whilst maintaining the outstanding performance of her predecessors.
Although based on the lines of a traditional ASCI fishing vessel, the “Taka’s” functional wheel house is a little smaller and doesn’t require the level of sophisticated electronics of her sister vessels. All the electronics were supplied and installed by Taylor Marine of Port Adelaide. She is fitted with a Furuno 10″ colour sounder and a Furuno 48nm daylight viewing radar. Towards the centre of the console a TMQ autopilot system is neatly recessed into the attractive Danta timber surround. The Taka is also completely kitted out for 1B USL Code survey including two 25 person coastal liferafts and lifejackets.
All in all this is one well thought-out and finished, gutsy and impressive package, as is required for her demanding routine of three and four day cruises, to both Lizard Island and Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. She performed and maneuvered magnificently in choppy conditions on her sea trials, to the total satisfaction all parties concerned.
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