About us....

Stephen.....
Growing up in suburban Sydney, I spent most spare time on the beach or out on a boat in Sydney harbour. As a youngster, wake-boarding, surfing, snorkelling and generally spending time on boats all led to a life dominated by the ocean. After a several years of working around Australia within the health industry I took a SCUBA course; less than a week after completion I had finished work and enrolled in a Marine Biology course in Warrnambool, Victoria. This was also the time in which ocean racing became a major pass time and the gateway to accumulating valuable sea-time with some of the most experienced oceanmen. Now I am employed as a skipper of a whale shark boat on the Ningaloo reef, alternating this with cruising/adventuring on our lovely vessel Keira.....


Prue......
Also born in Sydney, I started diving, mostly around NSW when I was about 14 years old. This took up the vast majority of my time. I got my first underwater camera two years later and haven't really looked back from then. While working my way up through the dive industry to the level of dive instructor I have spent thousands of hours under the sea. Underwater photography has now moved from a hobby to a career and I truly love giving people above the surface an experience of the magic happening under the waves. I have travelled quite extensively around the world and lived & worked in some remote locations throughout Africa, the Mediterranean, Central & South America, Asia and the Great Barrier Reef , however I always seem to boomerang back to Coral Bay since I discovered this beautiful little town back in 2006.

About Keira.....

 

Keira is a 1974 CT 41 center cockpit, ketch rigged, blue water cruiser...

With a full keel & a beamy belly of just over 12 feet she draws 1.83m of water and displaces 12474kg.

Life onboard her 41 feet is quite comfortable & self sufficient. 

Carrying 400 litres of fresh water in tanks, she is also set up to catch rain water and able to make fresh water from the salty mass we float on is a bonus with our small desalination system which can provide us with about 30 litres an hour.

Also carrying 400 litres of diesel in her fuel tanks plus jerries as spares keeps our Perkins 4.108 happy, especially in those less breezy equatorial areas.

We generate power with our 2 x 110 watt solar panels, a wind generator perched up on our mizzen mast provides a generous trickle throughout the evenings & on those cloudy days to allow us the luxuries of a refrigeration system and allows us to charge/run our electrical devices (chart plotters, auto pilot, satelight phone, cameras). An alternator driven off the engine is also a great back up to keep the battery banks topped up.

Cooking is done on LP gas with a two burner stove, grill & oven.

We also carry 'Keiran' with us... our semi rigid inflatable tender/dinghy with yamaha 15hp to run about once on anchor to get to shore or to dive sites. Able to fill our Scuba tanks with portable Bauer dive compressor is also a treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Designer....

Keira was build on designs by Canadian naval architect William Garden. William Garden (5 November 1918 - 29 April 2011) was a prolific and renowned naval architect who produced more than 650 designs during his lifetime, including the Mariner 36, the Gulf 40 (Cheoy Lee), Formosa 51 and CT 41, among many others. Over the span of six decades, Garden designed watercraft ranging from commercial fishing vessels to tugs and sailboats.
In 2007, Garden was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from Wooden Boat magazine. Garden didn’t like to leave the remote B.C. island where his home and design shop was located, so a delegation took the award to him. The same year, Garden was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his work as a naval architect and marine engineer.
“By all accounts, Garden was a generous and humble man who freely shared his knowledge and advice whenever asked,”
After World War II Garden became licensed as a naval architect and set up his own design shop in Washington. He moved to Victoria, B.C. in the late 1960s and bought a nearby private island named Toad’s Landing, where he did his design work from then on.
Thousands of boats worldwide have been built based on Garden’s designs, which became known for both their grace and seaworthiness. His work is featured in maritime museum collections throughout North America.

About Ningaloo.....

 

The Ningaloo Coast is a picturesque natural treasure where the desert meets the sea in a World Heritage Site located in the north west coastal region of Western Australia. 

 

Although most well known for its whale sharks which feed there during March to July, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. During the winter months, the reef is part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, humpback whales and even orcas.

The beaches of the reef are an important breeding ground of the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. They also depend on the reef for nesting and food. The Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), molluscs (600 species) and many other marine invertebrates. 

 

 

Check out some images and videos in our gallery, & the 2015 whale shark season blog