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MEET THE TEAM

A  LITTLE  BIT ABOUT US...

 

Here you will find out a bit more about myself, Sam, our WONDERFUL GUIDES, and our FANTASTIC SKIPPERS and their boats.  These really are a dedicated group of skippers and guides and we take great pride in the team that we use, not only for their experience and skills at sea, but also their knowledge, values, passion and their drive for conservation and the wellbeing of all marine life.  I feel proud and lucky to work with all of them.

 

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DOLPHIN WATCH U.K GUIDES

 
 
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SAM CUNNINGHAM

 
Dolphin Watch UK
Tour Guide and Trip Organiser, Passionate about Dolphins

The sea has been, to put it mildly, a complete infatuation of mine since I was small. I remember all the hours spent at the beach waiting patiently with my dad by rock pools, in an attempt to try and catch the little gobies and bennies in a net. Or enthusiastically turning over every rock and mound of seaweed I physically could, in a search for shore crabs and shrimps.

This, in turn, from an early age drove passion for the larger marine animals with dolphins, whales and seals being the creatures that I truly fell in love with. Many happier hour was spent gazing seaward in an attempt to glimpse one of these truly beautiful animals, I so longed for.

In my teens, I would spend days together at the coast fishing and camping or mucking around on boats, this is where my true passion for dolphins arose. Hours were spent studying the horizon, waiting for the backs of a pod of common dolphins to breach the surface of the water, on the flat calm days we were out. We’d steam to them, in a hope that they'd be enticed to come and play with the boat, riding the bow waves and surfing the wash along side us.

I've been lucky enough to be asked to work for various skippers, crewing and aiding them on Fishing trips, that is where there knowledge lies. This has since led me to take my RYA Powerboat qualification and I will be working towards both Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper later this year.  I am also a WiSe accredited wildlife safe operator.  Click HERE for more details.

Working closely with Skippers and guides at sea has enabled me to build a rather extensive knowledge of all marine life and fuelled my thirst to devote as much time as possible to these rather mesmerising animals that frequent us on the trips.

As of 2020 I have been able to offer fully guided dolphin watching trips or sea safaris as I call them. Working closely with a team of dedicated and exceptional skippers I can now offer trips in Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall... and even extended trips and wildlife holidays to the Channel Islands, Shetland, Ireland, Scillies, Mull, The Hebrides and Lundy.  Exciting times lie ahead!

TOM BRERETON

 
Dolphin Watch UK - MARINElife
Tour Guide - Trip Survey and Research Specialist

I am very pleased to welcome Tom to our team for 2021.

 

Tom has been has been a keen bird watcher since the mid 1970s and has worked in wildlife conservation research for over 30 years. Having previously been a seabird warden for the RSPB, his current role (since 2007) is Research Director for the charity MARINElife, carrying out extensive research and survey work on dolphins and seabirds in Lyme Bay.  

 

Tom has also been a wildlife guide for over 20 years leading many seabird, whale and dolphin watching trips around Norway, the Canary islands, Iceland, the Faroes, the Bay of Biscay, the Azores, California, Cape Verde and West Africa.

Tom is certainly amongst the top few when it comes to both experience and knowledge of all MARINElife... see what I did there!!

 

An all round really really nice chap!! Tom also won our recent Facebook Poll for Sexiest DWUK tour guide..so he's easy on the eyes too hey ladies!

 

Toms scientific publications can be viewed HERE.

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BEA CHATER

 
Dolphin Watch UK - Cetacean Guide
Tour Guide - Trip Survey, Documentation and Photographer

Its great to be able to add Bea (or Bra as my autocorrect frequently changes her name to) to the team for 2021, as you can see i'm sure she's gonna be a fantastic addition to us in the coming seasons.  Here's a few words from Bea herself below👇🏻👇🏻 

 

Hi my name is Bea and I am really excited to be joining the Dolphin Watch UK team.

 

I have always loved spending time in the great outdoors, especially in or near the sea, and have been curious and passionate about wildlife and it's conservation, from a young age.

 

This led me to complete a degree in Zoology from Cardiff University and since then I have been lucky enough to spend time volunteering and working for a number of wildlife and conservation organisations.

 

2019 was spent as a marine awareness assistant for the Devon Wildlife Trust, exploring the rocky shoreline at Wembury, and showing the amazing variety of species there to school groups and families on rockpool rambles and snorkelling trips.  I have also spent time conserving marine turtles in Crete and Costa Rica, and volunteering and working for Whale and Dolphin Conservation in Wales and Scotland.  

 

These experiences have been deeply rewarding, and I am particularly passionate about whales and dolphins. Nothing beats seeing these intelligent and beautiful animals in their natural habitat, learning about their lives and culture, and sharing these experiences with others.

 

I am really looking forward to getting out at sea and showing people the wonderful marine and bird life we have along our coastline.

DR. PETER NASON

Dolphin Watch UK - TRIP LEADER 
Tour Guide and Wildlife Surveyor

Lets give Peter a GREAT BIG Dolphin Watch U.K welcome, he's our new St.Ives trip guide and as you can he's pretty well versed in all things wildlife.  Take a little read about him below.

 

Hello, my name is Peter Nason, and I am delighted to be joining the passionate team at Dolphin Watch UK. I am highly passionate for the conservation of all wildlife, marine wildlife, and the relationships between the complex interactions of these ecosystems and their connectivity, and how as people, we can educate and spark interest and learn from the beautiful species we have in our UK waters.

 

I’ve studied the natural world since I was a young lad. This culminated in a Ph.D. completion in Environmental Geochemistry from the University of Luleå in Northern Sweden, where I worked to remediate and restore former mine sites to nature. This involved all spectrums from the geology, soil systems, groundwater, plants and animals, and I spent almost 5 years working in the field in Lapland, where I started developing a great interest in birds and animals. I then went on to be a lecturer at The University of Waterloo, and The University of Brighton, and I was also contracted with the British Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological survey.

I have been lucky enough to live around the world for over 10 years, but since returning to Cornwall in 2019, I have developed a great interest in marine wildlife, particularly in St Ives Bay. I volunteer with Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust as a Grey Seal surveyor in the bay, work as an advisor on marine disturbance with St Ives Marine Bay Group, Seaquest, and British Divers Marine Life Rescue. I am a St Ives National Coastwatch volunteer watchkeeper, and have vast knowledge of the local marine environment. I also run my own company as a lead tour guide with Cornwall Bird & Nature Tours, and regularly lead tours to explore the stunning nature and wildlife we have in West Cornwall.

It is great to be able to educate and take people to see the extraordinary wildlife we have in the UK, just to see the delight on their faces when we have Dolphins and Whales jumping out right in front of them! We are gifted here in St Ives Bay to have had Common and Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback, Fin, Pilot and Minke Whale, Ocean Sunfish, Thresher and Porbeagle Sharks, Bluefin Tuna, Harbour Porpoise, and lots of birds, regularly frequent the area!

I look forward to meeting you and taking you out of the beautiful location of St Ives, with the fantastic WiSE accredited Skipper, Andy Narbett on his boat Tiger Lilly II. Andy, his wife Leanne and I have a great passion for wildlife in the St Ives Bay area, and especially educating people and showing you the beautiful marine wildlife we have here.

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SIMON PALMER

 
Dolphin Watch UK - AfriCat
Photographer, Cameraman and Presenter

Meet new team member Simon!  Its great to have Simon on board and we are all very much looking forward to running the NEW PHOTOGRAPHY TUITION TRIPS with him, pop over to the trip pages to find out more about the shortly.

 

Simon has been a photographer and cameraman for many years, starting with the “wildlife” of music photography, photographing  some very well known artists on stage. He swapped those late nights for very early mornings working with horses, filming the American Horse Whisperer, Monty Roberts, for over a decade and winning an international award for his film work. But, he finally settled on conservation and the creation of images that support charities such as AfriCat, of which he is now an Ambassador. Simon previously taught photography in his own clinics and speaks regularly at photographic clubs about his work and the issues of Human Wildlife Conflict.

“I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures and seeing people enjoy the same thing. I started out enjoying music and had a few lucky breaks with the bands I enjoyed. It certainly was a different type of wildlife but it taught me so much about the connection between the artist and their music. Using that knowledge I found the same thing between horses and their owners. Fast-forward a few years, and I find myself doing the same thing with big teeth and claws. Nature is an amazing world, and I wish I had come to the party a lot earlier than in my forties!

My passion for supporting wildlife ended up with me becoming an Ambassador for a charity that provides research, education, and support to wildlife in Namibia and the communities around them. Now I find myself switching sand, and droughts, for a large amount of water, and some of the most intelligent sea creatures that also deserve our support and care!"

Welcome On Board!

 

LAUREN FRAPE

 
Dolphin Watch UK - Plymouth Trip Leader
Tour Guide - Trip Survey, Documentation and Photographer

Meet lauren, our new trip leader for the Plymouth area. It's fantastic to have her join the 2022 team, her partner Connor is also joining us as a tour guide and our new in house Drone man.  Give her a big hello.

 

Lauren Frape - 26 years old - from South East  London : 

 

For me it’s that cliché of ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of working with dolphins. I appreciated any form of cetacean growing up and would watch countless of documentaries as a child, beg my parents to take me on the boat trips on our family holidays, and I always longed to know more about these majestic animals. As I’ve grown older, I have been fortunate enough to travel across the world (with Connor Benson the drone man) to witness amazing wildlife spectacles such as the humpback whale heat run in Costa Rica, caught glimpses of the rare indo - pacific humpback dolphin subspecies off the coast of Thailand, rescued Olive Ridley turtles from fishing entanglement, had the most life changing experience of swimming alongside wild pilot whales in the Mediterranean and snorkelled with wild striped dolphins in France just to name a few. I am proud to be a part of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and also a volunteer marine mammal surveyor with the charity ORCA. Our oceans and marine life continue to fascinate me and it has only been in my more recent years that I picked up my first camera and decided that I wanted to start capturing the marine animals we have here in the UK. This is where I found my true passion - for cetacean and wildlife photography. I now have something to show for my love of these incredible animals. I am beyond excited to be joining the Dolphin Watch UK team and can’t wait to get out to sea everyday doing what I love! 

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CONNOR BENSON

 
Dolphin Watch UK - Tour Guide  
Tour Guide - Photographer, Trip Leader and In-house DRONE MAN

Here's Connor... He's another new joiner for the 2022 season and as said above Laurens partner,  he again (as all our guides do) has a massive passion for all wildlife but especially Marine Life, both Lauren and Connor have their own Photography Pages so do check them out and give then a like.  Connor is also our new in-house Drone man, I cant wait to see the footage that we can get of these amazing animals from above.  Give him a warm DWUK welcome.

 

Connor Benson - 25 - from South East London : 

 

I am really excited to be joining Dolphin Watch UK as the 2022 drone operator for the team. After spending many days and weeks observing different kinds of cetaceans as well as other types of wildlife in different parts of the world, I ended up finding my hobby in wildlife photography and in recent years decided to take the plunge and buy a drone. Myself and Lauren (wildlife guide) wanted to use the drone to capture a different perspective of our cetaceans we have here in the UK that we would not usually be able to see just on the surface. Watching them from a birds eye view is simply amazing as there is so much more activity that goes on beneath the waves. Here’s hoping the English weather plays ball for the summer season (and for my drone flying) and I look forward to seeing you all out there! 

GEORGIA SMALL

 
Dolphin Watch UK -
Cetacean Guide and Researcher
Tour Guide - Trip Survey, Documentation and Research

Let me introduce the newest member to the Dolphin Watch UK team, meet Georgia.

 

Georgia ticks all the boxes when it comes to who we want to be helping lead our trips, her knowledge given her young age is exceptional and her passion for conservation and her drive to change the seas for the better is more than admirable.

Here's a little bit more about her.

 

Hello, my name is Georgia, and I am so excited to be joining the Dolphin Watch UK team!  I am hugely passionate about conserving our oceans and studying the marine life within.

I have spent most of my life by the sea which has led me to study a Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology degree at the University of Plymouth. Alongside my degree, I am currently the chair of the Marine Biological Society and I also volunteer as the School Representative for Biological and Marine Sciences. 

I spend the majority of my free time volunteering for organisations and have completed placements at the Marine Biological Association, Bournemouth Oceanarium and Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in recent years. I love working in educational roles such as my position with Dorset Wildlife Trust as a Marine Warden, volunteering at BioBlitz events and my volunteering role on the public engagement team at the National Marine Aquarium. I am particularly interested in the study of cetaceans and have completed training with Marine Life, ORCA and BDMLR to broaden my knowledge and skillset. It is my aspiration to pursue a career in cetacean research and I am so excited to share my enthusiasm of our local marine wildlife with others on these fantastic boat trips!

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AMBER CORAM

 
Dolphin Watch UK - Masters Degree 
Exeter University Student - Trip Survey and Documentation

From May and right through the season we will be welcoming Amber to the team she's an Exeter University Student that we are helping with her Masters and we like to think she's made a great choice in joining us this summer.  Here's a bit more about Amber...

 

Hi, my name is Amber and I am really excited to be joining Dolphin Watch UK to undertake my Master’s research project!

 

I have lived by the coast all my life, and I have always been fascinated by the marine environment. Whilst growing up in Dorset, I was always on the lookout for dolphins- no luck as of yet but can’t wait for some encounters this summer during my project!

 

My undergraduate degree was in Biology at the University of Exeter where I was fortunate enough to pursue my interest in marine conservation through field trips to the Bahamas and the south of France. My passion for marine mammal science in particular led me to write my dissertation on the impact of plastic pollution on cetaceans around southeast Asia and the importance of citizen science for improving our understanding of these animals. I am now taking a Master’s in marine vertebrate ecology and conservation, where I am studying the ecology of common dolphins throughout Devon and Dorset and observing their population trends. I saw my first common dolphins last week (and my first dolphins in the UK) which makes me excited to get out with Dolphin Watch UK and learn more about these incredible animals.

Amber's Masters details are below....

"The ecology, population status and changing distribution of Short-beaked Common Dolphins off Devon and Dorset Short-beaked Common Dolphin has increased rapidly in recent years in Devon and Dorset waters during the summer months, yet there has been little research on the species. Existing MARINElife data and newly collected data will aim to quantify distribution and elucidate the environmental factors driving the changing distribution, whilst photo-identification studies (and matches with other photographed animals from other regions) will shed light on population size, structure and fidelity. The project will involve daily boat surveys from Brixham, south Devon whilst a suitable camera will be needed for photographing fins at high resolution."

DOLPHIN WATCH U.K SKIPPERS AND BOATS

 
 
 
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SHAUN PEDLEY

 
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Paignton, Torquay and Brixham

Shaun Pedley another great skipper we've added to the 2021 trips list.

 

The Pedley family have run business situated in the coastal town of Paignton, South Devon since 1989.

 

​Shaun Pedley is now Skipper of Our Joe-L following on from his farther Simon.  The family run business has spent over 30 years  at sea looking after both fisherman and photographers alike.

 

OUR JOE-L runs out of Paignton, Torquay and Brixham.  Shaun works with numerous wildlife groups along side running bespoke fishing holidays here in Torbay.  Check out his Facebook page as the family also run and own Parkholm Hotel making accommodation for trips easy.

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Our Joe-L is one of the best kept charter boats around, a 35foot Offshore 105.  She can safely accommodate up to 10 passengers.  She is licenced and coded by the MCA for Cat 2 for 60 Nautical miles offshore with 10 passengers and 2 crew.  She is a comfy vessel offering both covered and uncovered seating, on deck toilet and hot drink making facilities.

When not working out at sea, Shaun has numerous hobbies which mainly involve being out to sea... either Gigg Rowing or Paddle Boarding.  Salt water flows through his vains and this is just one of many reasons we are excited and very much looking forward to working with him in 2021.

 

 
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DAN GUMMOW

 
Borlewen II
Fowey & Loe

Dan is new to us as a skipper this year but is far form new to being at sea, he’s an around great guy and certainly knows whats he’s doing when it comes to searching for dolphins

 

Dan started commercial fishing at the at the age of 16, as crew aboard a local boat. While handlining and netting, he studied for his NVQ Level 2 in fishing operations, which on completion he received the award for the top student of the year.

 

After six years aboard several different boats engaging in different fisheries, Dan bought his first boat; an 11-metre trawler. Since then, he upgraded to a larger trawler before selling it and buying the Borlewen in 2015, for charter fishing in summer months and commercial fishing in the winter months.

 

With 19 years of experience as a commercial fisherman and extensive knowledge of the local grounds, Dan can provide anglers with a great day on the water. Since the success of Borlewen I, Dan purchased a 10-metre Cheetah catamaran, the Borlewen ll, for the 2018 season.

 

Dan is a fully qualified skipper, including all safety certificates.

 

We are very pleased to be working with Dan and now able to offer these wonderful trips out of beautiful Fowey!

 
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LUKE PETTIS

 
Snapper Charters
Weymouth and Portland

Luke, the skipper of Snapper, has been at sea for as young as he can remember. He learned the ropes aboard the family boat and crewing for other charter boats in the port before buying the original Snapper, an Offshore 32 at the age of 18.  After 2 years Luke purchased a larger Blyth catamaran, which he completely refitted. Luke is an experienced and qualified skipper with a vast knowledge of the waters around Weymouth and Portland. If anyone can find the wildlife in this area its our man Luke.

Luke has also worked in the commercial fishing industry, crab and rod and line bass fishing as well as on wind farm survey boats and so is the perfect choice of skipper, he knows these seas like the back of his hand.

Snapper is a 12m Powerglide, state of the art charter fishing boat. Based in Weymouth harbour and with access to some of the most stunning Jurassic coastline in the UK. She is licensed to carry 12 people and fitted with all of the latest safety equipment and fish finding technology (although we don't use these really to find cetaceans). With a 16ft beam she offers the largest deck spaces in the port providing ample space to manoeuvre, and a super stable platform for viewing and wildlife watching, as well as filming and photographing from.

Weymouth is an area I've wanted to add to the list of ports for a long time now, it holds a group of resident Bottlenose dolphins, masses of common dolphins and Porpoise as well as fairly frequent Risso's and occasional White Beaked.

Once again another person we are really excited to be joining the DWUK team for 2021. 

 
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ALAN AND HILARY HEMSLEY

 
The African Queen
Dartmouth And Kingswear

Owned and run by husband and wife team, Alan & Hilary Hemsley, both qualified, experienced skippers with over 20 years experience running out of Dartmouth.

 

On the African Queen we can offer a variety of pleasant trips, ranging from 2 hour early bird and evening trips to half days and whole days.  Dartmouth itself is a picturesque port and an excellent part of Torbay with plenty of wildlife to be seen up and down the river, as well as out to sea where we can find a variety of Dolphins, Whales, Porpoise, Seals, Sharks and Tuna along with a large diversity of pelagic bird species as well, the possibilities are endless.

A trip with Alan, Hilary and the Dolphin Watch team is an ideal way to explore the beautiful South Coast of Devon and Cornwall.  You can enjoy the use of the on board toilet and hot drink facilities while we cruise as well, we can even warm your lunch if required on the longer trips.

 

The boat is licensed to comply with the new Department of Transport code of practice category 2, 60 miles with 12 passengers plus 2 crew. She carries full safety equipment which is inspected by the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) annually.  She offers safe and comfortable cruising for both adults and children. The well equipped wheelhouse has VHF radio, GPS navigation system, Echo sounder, Radar and all other necessary equipment for safe, pleasant and trouble free cruising along Devon and Cornwall's South coast.

For a long time now Alan and Hilary's minds have been set on conservation and this can be seen in their approach to both wildlife cruises and the other fishing trips they run.  In the past they've had involvement with Plymouth University aiding students in both research and surveying.   

It is for this very reason that we have chosen to team up with Alan and Hilary and are yet again very excited to offer another destination to be running from for 2021.

 
 
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ANDY AND LEANNE NARBETT

 
Tiger Lilly II
St. Ives

A NEW boat that's new to us  for the 2022 season.

 

A Lochin 33 Sports Fisher, with a maximum capacity of 12 passengers plus 2 crew, Tiger Lilly II is 33 feet long and a fantastic example of the well regarded Lochins. She is equipped with a modern Iveco 450bhp engine and can comfortably cruise at 16 knots, though we rarely go over 10 while looking for wildlife.

Tiger Lilly II is fully coded by the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the vessel herself and all equipment aboard is compliant with the required safety laws. We are inspected for this each year and the vessel undergoes a survey for compliance. We have public liability insurance and are covered for the activities we provide. Safety is our priority and we ask that you follow any instructions from the Skipper once aboard.

They are proud to be an accredited Wildlife Safe Operator (WiSE). See the link under DWUK Links for more details.

We really love Tiger Lilly II,  this is yet again a really hard working husband and wife business with Leanne running the booking office and Andy doing what he does best... Being a top notch skipper, of what is without doubt in our eyes, one of St. Ives best dolphin and seal watching boats.  I think Andy gets as excited as the passengers seeing the wildlife, and, that to us says it all!

 

STEVE SWEET

 
Amaretto IV
Lyme Regis

Another new boat to us for 2022.

 

Amaretto IV is a fast modern multi-hull angling boat based at Lyme Regis, Dorset. This is the perfect location for our wildlife trips, with numerous wrecks and reefs of Lyme Bay.

Situated at the centre of a 60 square mile conservation zone (no trawling!) you will be amazed at both the amount and variety of fishing wildlife right on the doorstep.

Purpose built and equipped especially for angling and now wildlife watching with all the very latest technology and quality tackle available for hire. Amaretto meets all the MCA requirements and is licensed and insured to operate up to 60 miles off shore. For your comfort and convenience we have a full sea toilet, plenty of seating, a microwave and hot water for tea/coffee.

Amaretto IV captain, Steve Sweet is a member of The Professional Boatman’s Association, he is also one of the founders of Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club. Steve has been operating boats for over thirty years and is a very keen and enthusiastic angler with a vast experience, including international sport fishing and game fishing.

Steve’s qualifications include, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Commercial Endorsement) 150 mile range, First Aid at Sea, Sea Survival, Radio Operators License and Fire Fighting at Sea.

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KEVIN LAVIS AND RICKY MATHEWS

 
Crusader
Plymouth
 
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New for 2022.  Yes another new set of Skippers and boat. :-)

 

Ricky is his own harshest critic, if there is ever anyone on the boat not enjoying themselves he takes it personally! He will use everything in his arsenal to ensure everyone has the experience they expect when out on the Premier Charter Vessel. Having grown up operating boats from the Port of Plymouth he is best placed to offer advice and guidance on the various types of fishing available. Relief skipper and crew Kev Lavis has also grown up fishing and operating boats from the Port, whichever is at the wheel on the day you can be assured of being well looked after and that every effort will be made to give you an enjoyable and wildlife filled day.

 

Skipper and crew have a wealth of experience in angling, coaching and the local flora and fauna. This combined with a passion that will ensure your expectations are met and regularly exceeded. With both our skippers having worked vessels from the SW port of Plymouth for decades they are best placed to offer information and experience of what swims in the local and offshore waters.

 

Crusader is the culmination of many years building state of the art purpose built sport fishing vessels. Ricky has designed the layout of each build to ensure maximum comfort and usability of his craft. To this end Crusader is a pristine example of an Evolution 38 built with anglers and tourism in mind.

 

Ricky and Kev are sports anglers through and through; their interest at sea is in catching and releasing many of the specimens we know Plymouth is famous for, and making sure their customers do the same.

 

The Vessel - Crusader

Crusader is a purpose built Sport Fishing Vessel; an Evolution 38. Built by Ricky himself she is maintained to the highest standard and kitted out with the latest electronics.

 

Powered by a 500HP 7 Litre Volvo fully commercial engine she is capable of 26 Knotts sprint speed, cruising at over 16 knots fully loaded - this means even on short trips we can cover a lot of ground when searching for the wildlife..

 

Top quality electronics include Icom DSC Radios, Koden dual frequency echo sounder, Raymarine Radar, Raymarine touch screen Chart plotter, and Furuno GPS system. 

 

Facilities onboard include outside covered seating, indoor heated cabin with seating, hot and cold running water, microwave, and the ever important Hot Drink making facilities kept on all day. On deck is entry to a clean,fresh electrically operated toilet and wash room.

 

Sightseeing and photography tours are becoming increasingly popular, in part due to the number of whales, dolphins and tuna being spotted on the offshore trips. Cruises along the stunning coastline and up the rivers Tamar and Yealm are also very popular.

OWEN MALLIA

 
Outlaw
Dartmouth

Another new boat to us for 2022.

 

‘Outlaw’ is a 33' Vigilante and she is ideally situated in the port of Dartmouth - which is the perfect location for access to many of the areas we search for the marine life.

The vessel has been purpose-built for Angling and Wildlife Charter and she was manufactured to exacting Sea Fish Industry Standards in 2006 by Lyme Boats.

She's 13 feet across with a spacious clear flush deck area and can cruise effortlessly all day long at 16knts with a maximum speed just a tad over 29knts (for when the wildlife watchings been that good and we need to get back in a hurry.)

She has been designed with space and comfort in mind, which is reflected in the large wheelhouse with covered seating area and galley table and a deck level flushing toilet.

Outlaw is also equipped with the latest marine hardware including: 2 VHF Radios, 2 GPS Receivers, Radar, AIS (au tomatic identification system for tracking vessels),2 Echo Sounders, Autopilot, Ground Definition System, Stereo, Kettle and Microwave

All MCA Code of Practice safety equipment for travelling up to 60 miles from a safe haven.

Owen has literally spent his entire life at sea, over 30 years in fact ! He's been a keen angler since he was first able to walk and recalls how his dad used to take him as a little boy up and down the country fishing the rivers and lakes and various seaside resorts. He still recalls his school holidays spent at his grandparent’s house in Newquay, Cornwall where he worked for pocket money as ‘the crew’ on one of the many mackerel fishing boats that used to operate every summer.

 

“Operating a charter boat has always been my ‘ideal job’, I absolutely love living and working from Dartmouth, we are in one of the most beautiful places in the world, we have superb Hotels, B&B’s and Restaurants and our coastline is second to none.

Being based here is this little boys (a fisherman’s) dream, we have some of of the best wildlife hotspots literally on your doorstep, we are only a short steam to the famous English Channel and its deep water reefs and the local Skerries sandbanks are only thirty minutes away, we are also one of the closest ports for passage to the superb Channel Island fisheries, why go anywhere else”?

Owen is a fully qualified skipper with an RYA Yacht master Offshore ticket which is commercially endorsed, he also holds all of the necessary sea survival, fire fighting, first aid and safety certificates to ensure he is able to provide guests with a safe and enjoyable, top notch, wildlife experience.

"I believe my lifetime enthusiasm for all types of angling coupled with my time spent working in the commercial fishing industry has blessed me with the right temperament, awareness and attitude to help the guests really enjoy their wildlife watching experience out at sea with me on Outlaw,”  like all the skippers Owen knows these waters like the back of his hand and his passion for the wildlife makes for a brilliant combination.

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ANDY BRIDSON

 
Patricia Rose Charters
Plymouth

A NEW boat that's new to us for the 2022 season.

 

BIO COMING SOON :-)

 

WILD ABOUT SEALIFE, PASSIONATE ABOUT DOLPHINS