custom dive charters for small groups on a very safe and seaworthy
boat, taking you to the dive site of your
choice in a large and spacious boat.
The Dive Boat:
Our dive boat, Lion's Paw, is a 42 foot Duffy, built in Brooklin, Maine, specifically for use as a
charter boat. Atlantic Boat Company builds most Duffy boats as either
commercial offshore lobster/fishing boats or very high end yachts and they are
known for their traditional lines, sea keeping abilities and well crafted hulls.
Lion's Paw has a very nice layout and lots of deck space for her length
as well as a very large salon with plenty of seating to allow all the divers to get out of the weather.
below you will find a large head and shower, a full galley and settee.
There is also a V berth forward for tired divers to sleep on the way out to the
dive site. You do not have to sit in front of your wet dive gear all day
Here is a FB post by Mike Barnette of
the LP at sea.
D/V Lion's Paw
in the boatyard getting ready for your diving adventure.
Lion's Paw is powered by a pair
of Caterpillar diesels that move her along at 18 knots when fully loaded which
means the average time to the first dive site is about 90 minutes. The
deep forefoot and full underbody of the hull give her a great ride even in a
head sea and you don't feel beat by the end of the day, even if the seas are a
bit on the sporty side. The boat also has a 9KW generator to provide AC
power for the microwave and anything else we need to power.
The dive deck
has lots of space for divers and the gear. Tank racks, a dressing
bench and walk-thru transom make diving easy.
has been properly outfitted for diving with tank racks and benches, a dive platform,
boarding ladder and the
transom design allows you to walk right out onto the
dive platform after donning your gear on the dressing bench.
We have all the modern electronic navigation tools
to include multiple networked Garmin GPS units with XM weather information satellite
downlink, Radar, Sonar and multiple communication radios that have DSC and
AIS features. We also carry more than just the
minimum amount of safety gear to include EPIRB, Life Float, Emergency Oxygen and
a AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) unit.
The main salon has plenty of seating for
all the divers, with lots of storage space below the seats.
Spearguns are stored in proper ranks out
on the dive deck to keep them safe and secure.
Cameras have a safe place too and we
have plenty of rinse water on board and even sea water wash down if you and your
gear come back from the wreck a bit dirty.
The salon has diver
friendly seating with storage below and very comfy cushions!
||Down below is a large settee and table
for eating your lunch or prepping your dive camera. Directly across from
this is a very large marine head that provides plenty of space and privacy for
clothing changes; a shower too.
Forward, there is a V berth that
allows tired divers to nap in total comfort on the way out or back from a
great day of diving...
Where is the boat located?
The Lion' Paw is in Hatteras
Village, on the Outer Banks of NC. We are in "Harbor View
Marina", a very small private marina
on Saxon Cut Drive located directly behind the Burris Red&White grocery
store. To find us turn off Rt 12 at Kohler Drive (between the
Red&White and the Bank and take an immediate left onto Saxon Cut Drive going
behind the store. Look for the dive signs and turn into the driveway and
look for the boat in the middle slip on this property.
The coordinates for your GPS are: N35.13.260,
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Lion's Paw at sea,
Contact Dive Hatteras by email at DiveHatteras@aol.com
or give Captain Dave a call at 703-517-3724.
Hope to see you aboard soon!
Dive Hatteras, Dave and Ann Sommers
Lion's Paw anchored at
the wreck of the Proteus.
For information about the boats that we
have owned and used for diving in years past, take a look at the Old