Shipyard Complete!

Shipyard Complete!

MV Kebsup Goes In For Her Annual Makeover

At least once every year our trusty Phuket dive boat MV Kepsub will be unceremoniously hauled out of the water and into the dry dock in Phuket Town for a 3 week overhaul. It’s a nice break for our hard working boat crew and office staff but a bit of a nightmare for the owners.

So What Happens?

Well just about everything, the entire boat will be inspected for any problems and new features added. There’s generally quite a few bodies clambering around both outside and inside. Carpenters, electricians, diesel mechanics, painters and steel engineers as well as a handful of hangers on whose purpose is a bit of a mystery.

So the negotiations will begin, in past years separating fact from fantasy was an extremely difficult challenge, we basically had to trust that everything proposed was necessary. For the last couple of years we bought in an old friend in to oversee the work – Captain Min has been in the boat business for decades and knows exactly what needs to be done, the amount of proposed work and costs have coincidentally tumbled…

captain min and the boss

captain min and the boss

Rigorous Inspections And Cleaning

The hull will be thoroughly inspected and new wood will be fitted were necessary, the engines will be stripped, generators checked, every piece of degraded wood on the entire boat will be refitted and of course a new paint job.

A major part of the process is cleaning the underside of the boat, an incredibly strong pressure cleaner will strip all the stowaway barnacles as well as most of the paint. After refitting any bad wood and smoothing away any rough edges a few coats of paint will make the hull shiny and smooth which will add a knot or two to our cruising speed for a few months. Propellers will be polished and ground to make them as efficient as possible.

all polished up

all polished up

New This Year

We’re still trying to better utilise the sundeck and there maybe some changes up top, the toilets have been completely stripped out and refitted and all the wood upper seat stanchions have been replaced with stainless steel. A larger stabiliser has been fitted which as well as making are already stable boat a bit smoother, apparently will add some speed but we’re yet to be convinced and won’t find out until the sea trial.

stripped to the bone

stripped to the bone

Why Now?

Seemingly it would make sense to have the boat looking it’s best for next years high season and we may well take the boat out again for a spruce up just before high season but that’s just aesthetics. Although the low season here is not particular bad, we do get a swell on the ocean that puts extra stress on the boat so we feel the next few months is the ideal time to have the boat in absolute peak condition to ensure guest comfort and safety, especially for the long Phi Phi day trips. A solid, well constructed boat like ours will breeze through high season conditions.

Suggestions?

We try to make all the possible improvements but sometimes a guest can see something that we can’t and after all what we change is primarily for your comfort and safety, so if you’ve been diving with us then please don’t be shy to make a suggestion. Within reason of course, we’re not going to be fitting a jacuzzi or a nightclub on the top deck any time soon.

Contact Us Now

By Justin Hartrey

I've been enjoying the incredible marine life in our oceans for over 25 years. 13 years ago I became a PADI professional, hoping to introduce as many people as possible to the incredible beauty of the seas.

Having been fortunate enough to dive all over south east and especially Thailand, I enjoy sharing my experience and passion on this blog.

Posted in News & Updates on .

Popular Services

clear blue waters surround the racha islands

The Racha Islands

Our most popular Phuket diving trip for beginners and experienced divers. Racha Noi and Yai are not a great distance away but offer some excellent diving. Training for deep, tech and wreck can all be safely completed in the generally easy diving environment that surrounds these stunning islands. Open up the individual dive site pages for the inside info [...]

Find Out More
huge schools of fish on the king cruiser wreck in phuket

The King Cruiser Wreck Dive

The King Cruiser Wreck's unplanned underwater life began in May 1997. The adventurous captain of the King Cruiser car ferry strayed miles off course on his way to Phi Phi from Phuket. With an incredible feat of marine navigation he 'found' the only submerged reef for miles around. Unfortunately the intrepid captain's wanderlust resulted in a large hole in the ferry and the inevitable consequences. So was created Phuket's first wreck dive. For [...]

Find Out More

Daily Schedules

M/V Kepsub Schedule

Jobs @ Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand is one of Phuket's fatest growing & most vibrant scuba diving operations, we are always looking for quality staff to join us, so feel free to have a look at our jobs listing page.

Job Listings

Contact LDT

Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

Learn More About Us

Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

Book Your Day Trip

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are Thailand's leading scuba diving Phuket tour provider, stay up to date & watch out for news & special liveaboard offers!

getting to grips with iso Photo Tips & Tricks

Understanding ISO Underwater

What ISO stands isn't going to give you much of a clue as to what it does. ISO simply stands for International Standardisation Organisation, nothing much to pick from that. Back in the 70's two film standards (ASA & DIN) combined to make a standard measure for film sensitivity. Modern digital manufacturers have kept to the same measurements to maintain similar brightness levels as film. Essentially ISO tells your camera how bright the photo s [...]

Read Full Story
manta ray spotted when diving similan islands Amazing Local Dives

Diving Similan Islands is Simply Fantastic

We like our day trip diving around Phuket but diving in the Similan Islands is another level. Before you even put your head under the water, the beauty of this island chain will take your breath away. Crystal clear waters surround islands of lush tropical vegetation. A scattering of white sand beaches and impressive granite formations top off the stunning scenery. Diving in Similan islands will probably be the highlight of your Phuket adve [...]

Read Full Story
options for scuba diving in phuket for beginners Scuba Diving For Beginners

Scuba Diving In Phuket For Beginners

It starts with a sense of adventure and a curiosity to enter a world that is completely alien to us. Light, sound and even your own body behave differently under the waves. The first steps may seem daunting but it’s very much worth it. Most divers claim it to be the coolest and most incredible experience they’ve ever had! Scuba diving in Phuket for beginners is simply awesome Local Dive Thailand has three PADI options available from ou [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps