In September of 2022 we took delivery of the first of two new custom made Titan Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) viewing vessels. While many people may refer to these boats as “zodiacs”, this generic term really does not do them justice. Titan Boats are based on Vancouver Island and have been building aluminum hulled RHIBs for both ecotourism and law enforcement for over a quarter century. We worked closely with Titan to design our vessels to provide our guests the most comfortable and intimate wildlife viewing experiences possible.
Gone are the standard bench seats that most companies use and replaced with individual seats on shock mitigating suspension platforms, providing a comfortable ride even in bumpy conditions. When stopped to view wildlife you are not constrained to your seats, the boats have viewing areas in front and behind the seats allowing guests to spread out and get the best possible sightings. An aisle down the center of the boat allows easy access to the standing height on board toilet (head).
At almost 10 metres in length (33 feet) and powered by twin 300 HP Yamaha outboards, our vessels allow us to cover a lot of water in a variety of conditions. Our vessels are comfortable for a few hours or a full day. Features include Simrad navigation, Radar, and AIS system, plus dual VHF Radios. Our onboard hydrophone and speaker system allows us to listen to the whales.
To add to our guests’ comfort, we provide two-piece flotation suits plus warm hats and binoculars on all tours. The two-piece suits are much easier to get in and out of than the traditional one-piece suits used by most companies. *two-piece suits are available in sizes Small to XXL. We also have one-piece suits in Extra Small and XXXL sizes.
We took delivery of the Natalie Wren in September 2022. Named after co-owner Andrew Jones’ daughter.
The Eleni Jane is currently being built on Vancouver Island for delivery in the spring of 2023. Named after co-owner Mike Willie’s youngest daughter.