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T & C Explorer II

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The 115-foot Turks & Caicos Explorer II takes up to 20 guests in 10 cabins. She takes divers to explore the plunging walls of Provo, West Caicos & French Cay in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

"A note from Dom  ...  For a great Caribbean escape vacation, T & C Explorer II offers lovely diving, but beyond that, she does trips annually to the Silver Bank for swimming with humpback whales.  We love getting the glowing feedback from divers at the end of each of these spellbinding trips.   If you haven't had the pleasure yet, it's something I heartily recommend.  Click to see Humpback Whales of the Silver Bank ... "   ...  Dominick Macan

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Vessel & diving details

  • The Turks & Caicos Explorer II accommodates up to 18 people:
    • 2 large VIP staterooms on the upper deck have queen-sized beds, desk & chair
    • 2 staterooms on the main deck, each have twin beds, desk with chair
    • 2 more staterooms on the main deck each have twin or queen beds, desk with chair
    • 3 staterooms on the lower deck have twin upper/lower beds
    All staterooms throughout the vessel have port lights or windows, individually-controlled air-conditioning, private ensuite bathrooms & plenty of storage.
  • Diving Amenities:

    • up to 5 dives per day
    • most dives are done from the main vessel
    • nitrox is available
    • dive deck with personal gear lockers, freshwater showers, rinse tank, and camera table
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
    • compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    • alcoholic beverages
  • Extras:
    • airfare
    • nitrox & gear rental
    • port fees, local taxes
    • airport transfers

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Technical specifications & deck plan

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Boatmaker: Swiftships, 1975/1995
124 ft
22 ft
8.0 ft 
99 tons
Maximum Speed:
14 knots
Maximum Range:
1500 nautical miles
2 John Deere 6135AFM75 main engines, 500 hp each
Generators: 1 John Deere Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 100 KW capacity; 1 GM 671 Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 75 KW capacity
Fuel Capacity:
5,600 gallons
Freshwater Supply:
2 Reverse Osmosis watermakers, 5,000 gallon per day total, 4,500 gallon storage
Air Systems:
2 Bauer K-14 9 cfm compressors, electric, with cascade-type storage banks, located in lazarette
Nitrox System:
Nitrox Technologies membrane system, producing 32% nitrox, located in lazarette
220 V and 110 V AC power (110 V AC 3 prong grounded outlets in all cabins and heads)
On the Bridge:
48-mile Simrad radar with proximity alarms, Autopilot, Global Positioning System (GPS) with location alarm, Digital Depth sounder with alarm, Digital bottom recorder, computerized chart system with GPS link, Satellite phone with data link, Cellular telephone, SSB Radiotelephone and VHF radios, Engine and bilge alarms, Internal telephone system
6 lower deck, 1 dive deck, 5 main deck, 3 boat deck
Safety Equipment:
Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Other Equipment: Full service all electric galley and refrigeration, Scotsman Ice Flakers (2), Boatwide stereo audio system, recharging station for strobes, batteries, etc.
Rigid hull inflatables, used for passenger transport and diver pickup

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Generous space, pleasant decor, warm welcome, enticing cuisine 

Turks & Caicos Explorer is 4 decks of diving liveaboard comfort and relaxation.  Starting at the top of this roomy vessel, you find the flydeck with a large, awning-covered flybridge, a wet bar and seating for 12 to 15 which can be accessed from the sun deck as well.

On the main deck is located the air-conditioned main salon with dining tables, TV, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area. Behind this area is a large sundeck with lounge chairs, barbecue and buffet area.   Also on this deck are two of the staterooms.  At the front of the vessel on the next deck down (the dive deck) are 5 of the staterooms while 3 more staterooms are located on the lower deck.

The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is equipped with a satellite telephone for outgoing calls worldwide.

Evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish.  Breakfast is typically eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, danish and fresh fruits.  Lunches vary from soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta and assorted salads.  Homemade baked breads, cookies and brownies are offered between dives.   If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate so on your application form.

Equipped for the serious diver

The dive deck  is equipped with a bathroom, individual gear bins, camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, freshwater showers, and a separate fresh water rinse for both scuba and underwater camera equipment. There are two large stairways accessing the dive platform, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water.

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