Wild Cat is a Lock Crowther design aluminium commercial sailing catamaran. She’s 15m long, 7m wide with a draft of 1.2m, and can carry up to 12 persons on board.

Wild Cat gets us to all our Great Barrier Reef conservation sites. She usually cruises at a rate of 8–10kts.

We generally have all our meals, briefings and presentations on board Wild Cat, as well as daily “sundowners” and nibbles at sunset. If the weather is favourable, volunteers are able sleep on board in swags up on the deck for a night.

Wild Cat also stores everything we need for our trips, including camping gear, working equipment, snorkels, wetsuits, a kayak and a paddleboard.

About Wild Cat

Wild Cat was designed and built in Tasmania by Richardson Devine boat builders. She was built to withstand the rugged conditions of the Tasmanian west coast, which make her perfect for working life on the Great Barrier Reef.

She was originally built for cray fishing, so she’s set up as a workboat. Her thick aluminium hull means she’s able to sit on the beach when the tide goes out.

With 240-volt power, Wild Cat has all the mod cons of a house, including:

A kitchen with gas stove top
Weber BBQ
Microwave, toaster and kettle
Fridge and freezer
Hot water system
Air-conditioning in the main saloon
Salt water macerator toilet with holding tank
2 fresh water tanks with a 600L capacity

Her additional features include:

A furling headsail and semi battened mainsail
2x 80hp Nissan diesel main engines driving through reduction gearboxes to folding 3-bladed propellors
6kva diesel genset
1400 ltrs diesel tanks
Radar, 2x  chart plotters, colour depth sounder, HF and UHF marine radios, autohelm steering, 12 and 240 volt led lighting
An alectric anchor winch with 100m of chain and warp

Safety

Wild Cat is in a Class 2C survey, which means she can operate anywhere within the Great Barrier Reef.

She has 2 8-man life rafts and a full complement of safety equipment. She also has an 11-person inflatable tender, which we use for passenger transfers to the islands and for in-water activities.

The Wild Mob team has given Wild Cat plenty of technological updates, making it safer and easier to carry out conservation work. Wild Cat has an annual check-up to ensure she’s always in tip top shape for her life on the sea. At around 10 years old, she’s in the prime of her working life!

The Wild Mob crew gives all volunteers a full safety briefing aboard Wild Cat , ensuring everyone on board is familiar with her safety features and emergency procedures before heading out to the islands.

Check out our upcoming adventures on Wild Cat here.

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