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The Gairloch Chandlery, Pier Road, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland

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We operate Orca 1, a sea-going RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) with the power to travel quickly to whale and dolphin feeding grounds offshore.

ORCA 1

Orca 1

Orca 1 is a superb 11 metre offshore RHIB built by Humber, the UK's leading RHIB manufacturer, and fitted out by Quinquari Marine. Orca 1 has outstanding sea keeping qualities and is comparable to vessels used by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, H.M. Customs, and the Ministry of Defence.

Powered by twin Yamaha 225 hp engines, Orca 1 has excellent stability at sea, is able to plane effortlessly across the water, and is highly manoeuvrable. She has the power, speed and strength to take you quickly and safely into offshore waters where whale and dolphin sightings are most common.

The ride is always exhilarating and often thrilling. Orca 1 travels at up to 26 knots and carries 12 passengers. She is fitted with saddle-style passenger seating and has forward seats designed to accommodate an adult and smaller child. All passengers are supplied with full-body flotations suits and visors for safety and comfort.

Onboard navigational aids include Raymarine radar, Garmin GPS chart plotter, Lowrance depth sounder and Icom marine band VHF radio. Orca 1 carries a 14-person liferaft and full medical kit.

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Our vessels are safety certified by the MCA (the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and fully comply with SCV Code standards.

Orca 1 has an MCA Cat 4 Certificate (up to 20 miles from a safe haven) and M.V. Kerry has an MCA Cat 5 Certificate (within 20 miles of a nominated port – Gairloch).

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