Diving with Abyss

Abyss, an 8 meter Blyth Work Cat, is located at Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina, in Mount Batten, Plymstock, Devon. She was acquired by Skipper, Faz, in May 2010 after serving successfully as a dive boat in the North East of England for 5 years. Abyss is fully fitted out for diving, including a diving lift.

On Board

She is fully coded to MCA Cat 3, which means she can operate up to 20 miles from safe haven, day or night, carrying a maximum number of 12 passengers and 2 crew. She carries a full complement of safety gear: 14 man life raft, lifejackets, life rings with buoyant lights, flares and first aid equipment.


She is equipped with echo sounder, GPS, pc based chart plotter, 2 VHF radios and a radio/cd player. Below decks are 2 Ford 130 hp engines allowing a maximum speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 10 knots.


Facilities on board include a sea toilet, 230 volt power, hot water for beverages and a microwave oven. The huge 14 by 14 ft deck and generous sturdy benches allow ample space for kitting up and carriage of extra kit, whilst dry storage for bags is available in each forward hull space.


Meet the Skipper

Ivor (or Faz) has owned and operated Abyss since 2011.

He has been a diver since 1998 and is a qualified BS-AC advanced diver, Open Water Instructor, and IANTD Mixed Gas diver.

He has 20 years of experience operating a variety of vessels, from dive RHIBs to 38metre beach landing rafts, and holds a commercially endorsed RYA Advanced Powerboat qualification.