Mar 272013

A Cat Amongst The Birds?

seafari explorer named

Colin Aston, Margaret Bisset & Tom Brock cut the ribbon

East Lothian FM popped down to the harbour in North Berwick this morning to join in the naming celebrations for the Scottish Seabird Centre’s new boat. The Seafari Explorer was officially named and launched by Mrs Margaret Bissett from Pencaitland. She won the Seabird Centre’s “Name The Boat” competition earlier in the year and was the first passenger on board.

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Seafari Explorer in North Berwick Harbour

Seafari Explorer in North Berwick Harbour

The Seafari Explorer is a 57 seat catamaran that was designed with the specific needs of the Scottish Seabird Centre at it’s core. The boat features solar panels to recharge the batteries and runs on fuel mixed with recycled cooking oil from the Seabird Centre’s cafe. The boat will run trips out to the islands of the Firth of Forth starting this Friday but will also double as a floating classroom during term time.

As well as seeing the islands and birds up close, Seafari Explorer will also give passengers a unique perspective of wildlife under the surface. The boat carries a “Remote Underwater Vehicle” or RUV, basically a remote controlled submarine that will send pictures back up to the surface for passengers to see on a big screen.

Tom Brock, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, said:

The new catamaran is the latest in a long tradition of trip boats from North Berwick. It represents a significant investment in tourism for both the town and East Lothian, and offers a wonderful opportunity to see our amazing local wildlife. With its strong environmental credentials, this fuel-efficient craft is a fantastic way of giving both locals and visitors a wildlife experience to remember in this Year of Natural Scotland. What’s more, the catamaran is suitable for people of all ages, so it’s a trip for the whole family to enjoy. We’re also immensely proud of the fact that schoolchildren will benefit from educational trips when the boat is used as a floating classroom.

Colin Aston, Managing Director of Seafari Adventures who run the Seabird Boat Trips in partnership with the Scottish Seabird Centre, said:

The new boat has taken time to come to fruition, but it has been worth every minute of hard work. We can now offer visitors a completely new boat trip experience, which will enable them to enjoy the wonders of the Firth of Forth at a leisurely pace and in comfort.

Seafari Explorer is the latest addition to a wide variety of popular wildlife boat trips offered by the Seabird Centre that include exciting RIB trips to the Bass Rock and exclusive landing trips to the Bass Rock as well as the Isle of May from North Berwick. All trips are accompanied by an experienced guide.