CATAMARAN INULA

 

Inula was purposely built to sail to and dive at remote tropical destinations.  The catamaran design was chosen for it’s stability and speed. The hull material is fiberglass with a closed foam core, offering strength and comparatively little maintenance.

The cross beams were built three times bigger than originally planned, making the catamaran heavier but stronger and resistant against structural problems. All compartments in the two hulls have watertight bulkheads that separate into up to 14 individual sections, further increasing the safety.

Sailing is nice, environmental friendly and vastly increases the range of the vessel. Nevertheless, two heavy-duty 6-cylinder Mercedes Benz truck diesels were chosen as the main engines for their reliability and power. Tanks for fresh water and fuel are oversized, and a desalinator was added to allow for maximum independence. The well-equipped on-board workshop adds reliability when far from the next service facility.

Inula was launched in 1980 from Hannover, Germany, and after various years of testing and improvements, finally set sail for tropical destinations in 1989.

The voyage went via the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean, what should be Inula’s home for the next decade. The years 1990 to 1993 were spent living the dream,- visiting and diving East Africa, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The highlight was, without doubt, the expedition to the remote Chagos-Archipel, away from civilization for nearly five months.

Thereafter it was decided to transform Inula into a charter vessel. The boat was refitted in 1994 in East Africa, where additional cabins and facilities were built.

From 1994 to 2000, Inula was based in Zanzibar/Tanzania, running dive charters to Pemba Island. There were also many trips to remote banks and atolls off Mozambique, Madagascar, and the Seychelles.

Inula was again refitted in 2001 in South Africa and proved it’s seaworthiness and strength by rounding the Cape of Good Hope in the southern winter, thereafter crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil, arriving in Panama in 2002.

Since 2003, Inula has been based on the Pacific coast of Panama and runs successful dive charters to fascinating destinations such as Malpelo, Coiba, and Cocos.