Welcome to the Mojo Divers boat.
She has a capacity for 30 divers and 2 boat staff but we normally run with less otherwise it gets too crowded. You can exit into your dive from either side and from the rear so everyone can get into the water quickly. The step out is close to the waterline so it is only a small jump; check out the big dive schools boats and see how far they have to jump for a comparison.
She has 2 decks, the main deck with the tanks, equipment and kiting up area. At one end is the captain’s cabin and a help yourself refreshment station for tea, coffee, water and biscuits and at the other end a standard marine toilet. The upper sun deck is split into sun and a shaded area (it does get very hot)nand is where you can relax, drink a cup of coffee and get a briefing for your next dive and if you must smoke this is where you can as long as those around you do not mind.
It has a shallow draft of 1.5m meaning you can get mooring lines closer to the beach or reef unlike the other big boats that have to stay far out, adding 15 mins of swimming. Very handy when going to shallow water for try scuba dives and dives 1 and 2 of the open water course.
Each year it goes to Chumphon port on the mainland for servicing the engines and repairing and repainting of the ship itself. Over 12 months it takes a lot of battering from the weather and the corrosive sea, not mention divers and their equipment. Even the stainless steel screws start to rust.
It has 2 diesel engines, the main larger one the runs the propeller and the other that runs a generator for the boats electrics and the all important water boiler for coffee.
We are lucky to have had the same captain (P’Surat) and wife (P’Sao) team on the boat for 6 years. It is their home as well as their office, so we do not go into their cabin. Together they take great care of the boat and look after us as well. We also do not cross the front of the boat, the Buddha Point, as it can bring bad luck.