Custom designed Newton introduces new concept in customer comfort.
Ocean Frontiers Ltd., the dive operation that wrote the book on East End diving in Grand Cayman, has launched the first in a series of custom designed dive boats in a plan to upgrade and expand its fleet to accommodate the company’s growth. Co-owner and Managing Partner Steve Broadbelt
says the new 46-foot Newton named “Gun Bay Diver” was built in the U.S.A. and designed to take the diving experience to the next level.
“We listened to our divers and gone one step further by adding features no other dive
shop has done before, so we’ve designed a dive boat that’s more like a limo,” he said.
“We want people to come aboard and have a different experience – to know that they’re
getting something special.”
Each diver has an individual pod with their dedicated tanks, a personal mask rinse bucket,
a crate for equipment, and other features, such as armrests with a cup holder, double
camera tables and a marine head that you would expect to find on a private jet. Broadbelt
said the entire design is customer centric and these details were added throughout a two-
year design process.
“Divers have a lot of stuff and gear with them, and our new boats gives them their own
personal space on the boat. We want our guests to realize that we at Ocean Frontiers
know what we’re doing and we’re serious about their comfort.”
Jackie G., of Illinois, USA, was one of the first customers to experience the new boat and
rated Gun Bay Diver as “her new favorite dive boat and the crème de la crème.” She
added, “the arm rests and individual mask rinse buckets are a genius idea, this is the
easiest and most comfortable dive boat I have even experienced.”
Broadbelt says the Newton is equipped with the best engines money can buy, and they
are fuel efficient and emit less emissions, which is good for the environment.
With two additional boats in the pipeline, Ocean Frontiers is making a big commitment to
the future of Cayman diving.
“We are investing $1.2 million over the next five years to replace boats and upgrade our
fleet,” he said. We have a many guests who come back year after year and we want them
to always have a unique experience when they are here.”
The new fleet will be an extension of Ocean Frontiers’ legendary ‘Green Shorts’ service,
where everything is taken care of for you and all you have to do is ‘Roll out of bed and
onto the shiny new dive boat’. The dive boats will be named after historical marine
landmarks, sites or points of interest around the East End district.
“We have been operating out of the Gun Bay area for 21 years, and this is our home, so it is
fitting that we name the first of our new class of dive vessels, Gun Bay Diver,” said Steve
Broadbelt. “We’re looking forward to having all our new boats in operation.”