Scuba Diving

DRE AM BOAT

- Cuan Law —Brooke Morton

For most divers, liveaboard is a dream boat, by definition. But if we were building a fantasy dive yacht, we’d use these features from real liveaboard­s that

stuck with us long after our trips.

In our book, there are no bad days on the water, and no bad boats. But some liveaboard­s have features so impressive, they’re hard to forget. If we could build our own liveaboard, these are some elements our writers and editors might include, and the boats that inspired us.

Not everyone wants to read between dives—especially when positioned in an island playground with endless clear, calm water. The team behind Cuan Law, a 105-foot trimaran based in the British Virgin Islands, knows that guests want to keep the adventures going as much as possible. When the vessel is at anchor, guests have access to sail a 16-foot Hobie Cat—either at the tiller themselves or with one of the crew as captain. Another choice is to take a stand-up paddleboar­d out for a cruise.

What’s more, Cuan Law recreates an all-inclusive resort experience on board, opening up its unlimited free bar to guests as soon as they end their dive day. That means kicking back with a Carib or Red Stripe beer, or a glass of any of nine types of wine plus a prosecco. And the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of liquors, including seven rums and three vodka flavors, so guests can enjoy just about any cocktail they can imagine. Downtime can look like drinking a cocktail while lounging in the hammock or taking a Red Stripe out while sailing the Hobie Cat. When near a picturesqu­e beach, which is often, the crew even sets up coolers on shore for guests to enjoy a sundowner while doing a bit of beachcombi­ng or just relaxing.

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