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Company description Scapa Flow Charters provides diving charters in Scapa Flow, Orkney North Isles, Shetland, Fair Isle, Sule Stack and many more. Fantastic wreck diving and scenic diving in the clean waters and unspoilt environment of Scotland`s Northern Isles. The MV Jean Elaine is a well-established, spacious and stable dive vessel with diver friendly facilities, crew and skipper.
The skipper/owner, Andy Cuthbertson, is an experienced diver with many years working and diving in Scapa Flow and Orkney waters. He has a vast knowledge of the history and location of wrecks so, if there are any questions, just ask him! He is a DoT/RYA certified skipper as well as having HSE, IANTD and sport diving qualifications.
The Jean Elaine crewman Ronnie, has endless years of boat experience and also makes a damn good cup of tea.
The layout of the Jean Elaine is designed for both day boat charters and for live-aboard. The saloon is spacious and relaxing, whilst copious deck space and a drying/changing room makes kitting up that much more comfortable.
The Jean Elaine is a large and stable diving platform and ``the most diver friendly ladder in Scapa Flow`` is there to help you out of the water.
The Jean Elaine is fully fitted as a self-catering live aboard charter sleeping twelve divers in comfort. Below deck there is one 4-berth cabin aft and three twin berths and two single cabins forward. There is a shower room and toilet facilities. She has a large fully fitted saloon with connecting galley. The galley is fully equipped with cooker, grill, sink, crockery and cooking utensils. Ample locker space is provided for food storage. 240 volt power is available in the evenings when tied up in harbour for charging torch batteries etc.
If you prefer not to live aboard, Scapa Flow Charters can help to arrange shore-based accommodation, while on the boat you get to enjoy the added luxury a liveaboard can offer.
Included in the price are the use of lead weights and twelve 12 litre 232 bar cylinders. On board are two independent 12 cu ft compressors linked to a sizeable bank. Nitrox is also available on board, although not included in charter price. The Jean Elaine is an IANTD Registered Nitrox Facility offering a full range of bottom and decompression gasses together with IANTD courses. Other gases can also be arranged on request.
Our Boat
The Jean Elaine is powered by a 232HP Gardner diesel engine. The wheelhouse is fully fitted with VHF, colour echo sounder, radar and GPS.
The Jean Elaine is certified to the MCA Code of Practice Category II. This means she has had stability and safety surveys undertaken and she is rated for undertaking voyages up to 60 miles offshore. The Jean Elaine is also licenced by the Orkney Islands Council to carry passengers and is regularly inspected by an independent surveyor to ensure all necessary safety equipment is onboard.
The Jean Elaine has full 3rd party and passenger liability insurance. Divers are reminded that this insurance does not cover them when diving and you should make sure that you have your own diving cover.
Location description: Some words about our trips:
Trip to Shetland
Come winter, most of the birds in Orkney show a bit of sense and migrate south to sunnier climates. Andy wasn`t watching the skies this year.
Part and parcel of a skipper`s job is the annual dry dock. Time to repaint the antifouling, scrape off all those criters that have made the hull their home and generally check that all is well below the waterline. Unfortunately there is no slip large enough to take the 80 or so ton Jean Elaine in Orkney so Scalloway was chosen. Those with an eye to history will know of this slips role in WW2 as the incoming port of the Shetland bus.
The trip north started in the Ferry Inn. A pint, a bar supper and the motley crew was ready to leave. On a calm night, with a reasonable forecast and the tides from behind the Jean Elaine made Stromness to Scalloway in 14 hours. Dolphins swam the bows for a while, doing what dolphins do, a quite spectacular sight. Not easy to capture on film though! The boat was slipped and work began. First the hull was steam cleaned to remove the last year`s marine growth and to prepare for a lick of paint.
Sounds a simple concept but it is not until you see the boat out of the water that you realise just how big she is, much like an iceberg. Surface area is the critical factor in this operation. That and dry weather. With a lot of the former and a lot less of the latter the logistics of the operation were starting to turn.
The weather turned bad. So bad that on some nights the boat rocked as if she were still afloat. Then the snow came, but worse still the snow melted. Painting was going to take a little longer than anticipated. Finally the boat returned home today. With all the work on her stern gear finally completed and a gap in the weather the Jean Elaine steamed south. She now smells of fresh paint, is smart and ship-shape and ready for another season of divers.
Full list of dive sites and trips description you`ll find on our website.

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Liveaboard and dayboat charters in Scapa Flow, Orkney North Isles, Shetland, and Fair Isles. Dive the German High Seas Fleet and other wreck and scenic dive sites in Northern Scotland.

Contact information:

Phone: +44 (01856) 850 879
Fax: +44 (01856) 850 879
Street Address:
5 Church Road, Stromness
United Kingdom
KW16 3BA
Spoken language(s): English
Open: from 09-00 till 17-00
Local time:  Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) London, Edinbourg, Lisboa
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