Moonshadow and Stingray are both kept at Mylor Yacht Harbour, here is some information on both Mylor and the boats.
Mylor Yacht Harbour is situated just outside Falmouth, TR11 5UF, within the Carrick Roads (the Fal river estuary). It has many facilities that makes it a great place for a base for a dive boat.
There is plenty of parking available, within two small car parks close to the marina and at either side of the half mile long valley (boat lay-up area).
There are public toilets next to Cafe Mylor. Outside the berth holders toilet/shower block, there is a warm water kit wash.
Cafe Mylor has some excellent food, they are used to people in wetsuits going in to order food, we usually sit outside though, with a view over the harbour. Castaways is a very good, quality restaurant.
Below is an aerial photo of Mylor Yacht Harbour (courtesy of the Channel Coastal Observatory), various features are coloured, see the legend below.
Green – Car Park (pay & display, £5 all day)
Yellow – Kit drop off area
Red – Our Trolleys (behind the lower car park pay and display machine)
Cyan – Cafe Mylor
Blue – Boat (loading/pick up location, this varies depending on how many boats are visiting)
Where will the boat be?
The boat will be situated at the blue marked area on the aerial photograph above. It will arrive around 10 minutes before R.O. time, unless on the Eastern arm where it will arrive a little earlier.
What does R.O. mean?
R.O. stands for Ropes Off, the time the boat plans to leave the quayside. So get there beforehand, an hour before works well, to get your kit ready and on the boat before that time.
How long will we be out?
We rarely do two dives per trip, unless asked. So most trips are just one dive. We normally state 2.5-3 hours for a recreational dive trip. So not too long to wait for the toilet.
The following on really apply to the RHIB. RHIB diving is a very effective and efficient way of scuba diving from a boat. RHIBs are usually much faster than hard boats, they are also more economical. Here are some of the questions we get frequently asked about RHIBs:
How do you get back on the boat?
When stationary, RHIBs usually sit very low in the water, the closer to the stern, the lower they sit. You have to haul yourself in using the ropes and grab handles provided. If you make yourself very buoyant first, it is quite easy, we will always help you if you need it.
Where’s the toilet?
Unfortunately, this is one area RHIBs lose against hard boats. We don’t have one.
If we are doing two dives, what do we do with our kit?
Leave your kit on the boat, just switch cylinders.
Where do we put stuff we want to keep dry?
To be honest, your car will be best. The is very little dry storage on a RHIB. We have a dry box to place your car keys but that’s about it.
If you have any other questions about diving from our boat, please contact us.
We are a very social group, if we are at Mylor around lunchtime, we have lunch at the cafe. On a two dive day, we stop at the cafe between dives. After mid afternoon dives, we usually stop for a drink and a piece of cake.
We call this ‘civilised diving’ 🙂