Akyla was a 36' Hatteras Sport Fish Convertible,
Caterpillar Turbo Diesels @ 420hp each. The boat cruised at 18 to 20 knots
depending upon load and sea conditions the top speed was 29.99 knots fully loaded and
a bit faster when light. The run time on calm days to the first dive was
really quick. She was equipped with Radar, multiple
Sonars, GPS units and Loran for wreck hunting as well as several radios for
We equipped her for diving by adding a
very sturdy "T" rung ladder off the stern, "Roll-Control"
tank racks along with the ubiquitous bungee cords to keep tanks in place.
On the stern there is a full width swim platform to make the entry easy.
She had a full galley with a frig
and microwave and a
generator to power the A/C when it got really hot. Being a Hatteras
yacht the interior was very nice with a lot of fine wood finishes, gee,
just what you need in a dive boat...
When we got the Hatteras, we were faced
with the old question of what to name it. Many names made the list, Ann came up with
Akyla. Akyla is Russian for Shark it seemed appropriate
for our boat since we dive with the sharks often. To properly pronounce
the name Akyla, think A-Cool-A and that will be close
We took pride in the Akyla and we think
most of you liked her as much as we did but something bigger and more
diver friendly was needed. She is now a fishing yacht again and the
new owner is treating her very well.