Three traditional fishing boats
Four our diving trips we are using three boats that I bought on a small island in the Madura archipelago. It’s traditional fishing boats, long and lean. Built to catch fish in any weather conditions. We are using these traditional boats in order to experience our trips slowly without hurry. No speedboat races to get to your divespots and no hectic assembling of gear while the boat is still running. All hulls are covered with fibreglass to protect the timber. And all 3 boats have a second backup machine (Chinese “Dompeng” Diesel engines) to avoid waiting times due to mechanical issues.
is the only one of our boats that had really been used for fishing before we bought it. And what kind of fishing! Its owner was stupid enough to use dynamite some 10 years after the ban. He was caught and sent to jail. As he needed some serious cash to settle the bail he sold me his boat. Which I luckily took, obviously not only to prevent him from dynamite fishing in the future.
Unfortunately the guys didin’t tell me about that seawater-valve to fill the fishtanks inside. It had only been closed with a flip flop sandal – which fell out and the boat sank within a week of purchase. We had to retrieve it and overhaul the machine, before closing the hole for good. I you know the film “Operation Petticoat” with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, you will understand why I had to chose the name Sea Tiger. Still being reluctant to paint it pink though.