Our Boats

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We currently operate 6 vessels of varying size and purpose, providing a diverse range of trips and services.

Our base – Dale Sailing Company – is one of the largest boatyards in Wales, and we have a team of dedicated engineers on hand at all times who maintain our vessels to the highest standards. Customer safety is our number one priority. We carry out strict scheduled maintenance procedures and safety training, and our vessels, systems, and safety equipment are inspected and approved by the MCA on an annual basis.

Details of our vessels are listed below. If you would like further information about any of our vessels please give us a call.

Dale Princess

The Dale Princess is the best known of all our vessels, operating as the ‘Official Skomer Landing Boat’ – chances are if you’ve been to Skomer Island, you’ll have been on board the Dale Princess. She was commissioned by the founders of Dale Sailing Company, Campbell, John, and Mike Reynolds in 1980 and has been in operation ever since, continuously proving herself to be the perfect boat for the job.

The Dale Princess operates from around mid-March to October, then spends the winter months in our shed at Dale Sailing, where she undergoes her extensive annual overhaul and TLC ready for the start of the next season.

 

Vessel Type:  Freeward 35

Length:  10.67m

Max Speed:  9 knts

Max. Persons:  50 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Category 2 – 60 miles from safe haven

Toilet Facilities:  Yes

Lady Helen

The Lady Helen is the sister ship to the Dale Princess, she is an almost identical vessel, regularly acting as a relief boat for the Dale Princess during busy periods. She is often used to run additional Skomer cruises when the island’s visitor limit has been reached for the day.

When she’s not running trips to the islands Lady Helen is one of our main workboats, carrying out a wide range of commercial and charter work.

Lady Helen is very versatile, with a selection of different deck arrangements available. As a passenger vessel she has seating for up to 50 passengers, although seating arrangements are very flexible and all seating can be completely removed where necessary.

With all seating removed she has a large open deck ideally suited to carrying supplies, or undertaking TV/filming work and survey work.

Lady Helen also has a winch & towing attachments for mooring and recovery works where required.

 

Vessel Type:  Freeward 35

Length:  10.67m

Max Speed:  9 knts

Max. Persons:  50 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Category 2 – 60 miles from safe haven

Toilet Facilities:  Yes

Dale Sea Safari

The Dale Sea Safari is one of our high speed RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats). She is the main vessel used to run our Sea Safaris, operating on a daily basis throughout the summer season (April-October).

She was built by Ribcraft, then fitted out by ourselves at Dale Sailing. Specifically designed to operate our Sea Safari trips, she has individual seating for 12 passengers, a large powerful inboard engine, and two auxiliary engines.

She is a fast, stable, and highly manoeuvrable craft with excellent sea-keeping abilities, making her the perfect vessel to explore our beautiful coastline and offshore islands.

 

Vessel Type:  Ribcraft

Length:  9m

Max Speed:  25 knts

Max. Persons:  12 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Category 5 – 20 miles from a nominated departure point.

Toilet Facilities:  No

Skomer Explorer

The Skomer Explorer is another of our high speed RIBs, she is the fastest of all our vessels and a favourite among our skippers. She is regularly used to run our Sea Safaris throughout the summer season (April-October), but also operates as a workboat/passenger launch all year round, carrying out a wide range of commercial and charter work. Ideally suited as a high-speed crew transfer vessel, but also regularly undertaking towage/salvage operations and TV/filming work.

The Skomer Explorer first started life as a rescue vessel, before being extensively refitted by ourselves to operate as a passenger boat. She shares the same hull and basic design as the Dale Sea Safari, making her a fast, stable, highly manoeuvrable craft with excellent sea-keeping abilities. She has individual seating for up to 11 passengers, and is powered by two large outboard engines.

 

Vessel Type:  Ribcraft

Length:  9m

Max Speed:  45 knts

Max. Persons:  11 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Category 3 – 20 miles from a safe haven

Toilet Facilities:  No

Two Brothers

Originally one of the Caldey island boats, the Two Brothers now spends her days cruising the Milford Haven waterway. She mainly operates our haven cruises, but is also very popular as a charter vessel for groups and private parties.

She has spacious seating for up to 40 passengers, and a fully removable cover to provide shelter in inclement weather.

She cruises at low speed, providing a very smooth and stable ride.

 

Vessel Type:  River Cruiser

Length:  11m

Max Speed:  9 knts

Max. Persons:  40 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Class IV

Toilet Facilities:  Yes

Dale Nelson

The latest addition to our fleet, and new for 2016 – the Dale Nelson. She was built by our very own Boat Building department Dale Nelson Boats as a luxury leisure cruiser, and has recently found her way back to us where she is being put to work as a luxury passenger boat. She has internal seating for up to 12 passengers, along with full galley, and toilet facilities. There is also a spacious aft deck with seating, and access to a bathing platform. She is powered by twin diesel engines, and provides an extremely smooth and stable ride, comfortably handling even the roughest of conditions.

She is mainly used for our commercial charter work, but is available for private charter and speciality trips throughout the summer season . . . Please give us a call for more details.

 

Vessel Type:  Dale Nelson

Length:  12.12 m

Max Speed:  28 knts

Max. Persons:  12 passengers + 2 crew

Area of Operation:  MCA Category 2 – 60 miles from a safe haven

Toilet Facilities:  Yes