I'm not sure if this subject has ever come up, but if you could buy and outfit your own dive boat what and how would you do it? Buy new or used? RIB or hard boat? Also, where would you put it? Anybody already have their own boat? Are there any fellow Captains on Wetpixel?
My wife and I visit the USVI and the BVI enough that we are giving it some consideration. Right now we own a small boat that can carry us to dive sites and carry tanks but that's about it, no accommodations. Things I would like to put on board would be minimally an air compressor, GPS/Nav, freshwater shower. I am a cert. gas blender, so I would at least add a Nitrox stick. Not sure how you could install a computer and have it last in salt air?
Given the large number of sites from Western Puerto Rico to Anegada, BVI, we won't run out of sites or subjects. February whales can be found in the region so a boat with decent range is in order. The hardest part about boating down there is dry storage. Also, balance cost of use 4 times a year as solo owner vs. co-op or hire a 6 pac (USCG) cert. Captain and charter it? Liability seems high with that.
My first thought is a RedBay Stormforce 8.4E
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