The vessel is a Class IV and Class VIA passenger vessel of modern design and recent build of all welded aluminium alloy construction built under Lloyd’s supervision and in compliance with the latest EEC and MCA requirements.
The hull is plated aluminium alloy over transverse and longitudinal framing of the same material. Plating seams and butts are continuously welded internally and externally with mainly intermitting welding employed on the hull framing.
Substantial longitudinal girders extending for most of the hull length carry the engine bearer structures and integrally formed fuel tanks are fitted. In addition to the sturdy keel skeg, twin skegs are carried to allow the vessel to sit upright when beached. Four watertight bulkheads are fitted and she is equipped with twin Perkins Sabre M215C engines.
MV Sheerwater is slipped every winter and undergoes an overhaul under the careful supervision of her skipper, Ronnie Dyer. Ronnie has over 35 years’ experience in these waters and is well respected among local boat and wildlife operators. His wealth of knowledge about the bird and sea life in this area has earned him a well-deserved reputation for finding whales!
The Sheerwater generally operates from Easter until the end of September when she sails to the islands of Eigg, Muck and Rum. Out with her usual schedule and during the winter months, the Sheerwater is available for private charter and regularly takes groups out to stay on the islands.