The Bil Conway, was with Southampton University, specifically designed for research and survey work. She was named after a long serving oceanography chief technician at Southampton University.
She is a Lochin 38, licensed by the MCA/RYA Allowing her to operate up to 60 miles offshore and will comfortably accommodate 10 passengers plus two fully qualified crew.
The vessel operates out of Falmouth Cornwall and the crew have extensive knowledge of the area both above and below the water, having operated charter boats from Falmouth for 30 years. Nigel and Jack are also experienced in the deployment of survey and scientific equipment, having worked closely with The BBC, IFCA, Natural England, Historic England, Wessex Archaeology, Dive Solutions, Waterproof Media and the Royal Navy, to name but a few. Also involved with a number of conservation projects.
The Bill Conway has a large open deck space and spacious heated wheelhouse. Equipped with lab benching and a water sampling sink. 240v AC mains supply with 13A sockets ,240v AC1kVA inverter.
To accommodate equipment deployment, the vessel has a 750kg capacity A frame, winch and capstan. A side mounted 50kg capacity davit and full inventory of safety equipment and electronics.
Both Nigel (Skipper) and Jack ( Skipper and Crew) hold PADI and BASC diving qualifications, sea rescue, first aid and sea survival qualifications.
Length Overall; 11.74m
Max Speed; 10kts
Cruising Speed; 8kts