“The MV Indies Trader is the most capable, proven, surf exploration and charter boat on the planet” - Martin Daly
The MV Indies Trader offers the most authentic surfing experience. During the course of the 1980′s and into the mid 1990′s Martin and the MV Indies Trader were responsible for discovering the vast majority of surf breaks along the Sumatran coastline including many waves in the Mentawai Islands. More recently, between 1998 and 2005 it was featured in the “Quiksilver Crossing” discovering over one hundred more waves on its 160,000 nm journey around the world over a period of nearly 7 years. She is safe, really seaworthy and comfortable
What type of boat is the Indies Trader?
The Indies Trader is a 75-foot converted diving and survey vessel constructed of steel with an aluminum wheelhouse. It weighs 95 tonnes and has a cruising speed of eight knots. It was originally built in Brisbane, Australia, in 1972 and was rebuilt in Singapore in 1992. In 1999 it was specifically customized for the Quiksilver crossing and has had her most recent refit in early 2010.She is maintained in excellent condition
How Many on the boat?
The full complement is 13 people. The crew consists of the captain and the chef and four crew members. There are also eight berths in four air conditioned cabins on the main deck .
2011-2012 Booking Information
Bookings require a 50% deposit to secure dates, with the balance payable 60 days before the charter start date.
How to Book
In March of 1999 Quiksilver launched a refitted MV Indies Trader on a voyage of discovery. Her mission was fourfold:
• To explore the world’s oceans for surf
• To contribute to the environment
• To have empathy for the local culture and customs.
• To educate
The Quiksilver Crossing was a voyage of surfing discovery on board the surf exploration vessel, the Indies Trader. The boat left from Cairns in Queensland, Australia in March 1999 and has journeyed east across the South Pacific, Indonesia and the Mentawais, across the Indian Ocean to the Maldives and South Africa, through the Mediterranean to Europe, then on to Brazil and up to Central America and the Caribbean. The Crossing has completed a tour of the east and west coast of America, which included a trip to Canada via the Great Lakes before heading back down to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi river. She then spent time in central america mexico and went as far north as Vancouver Canada. The Crossing finished in Dec 2005 in Hawaii after attending the Edie opening ceremony. She returned to Indonesia via the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. The boat has left Indonesia is back doing surf charter work and is presently based in Majuro in the Marshall Islands