“The MV Indies Trader is the most

capable, proven, surf exploration and charter boat on the planet”

– Martin Daly



The MV Indies Trader, in the Marshall Islands, 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?

Indies Trader is now used mainly as a support vessel for Beran Resort providing transport to / from surf breaks, getting to dive locations, and the odd overnight surf mission.  The full complement is 8 guests / 13 people total including crew. 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.





The Crossing


In March of 1999 Quiksilver launched a refitted
MV Indies Trader on a voyage of discovery.
• 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

Indies Trader 1 Main Deck Engine and Storage Front Deck Cabins and Galley Wheelhouse
Main Deck Crew Accomodations 2 Berth Cabin 2 Berth Cabin 2 Berth Cabin 2 Berth Cabin Galley Indies Trader 1
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  • Vessel Type

    Diving and Survey

  • Construction

    Steel with aluminum wheelhouse

  • Length Overall

    75 feet (22.86m)

  • Year Built

    1972 KB Welding, Brisbane, to Commonwealth of Australia

  • Year Rebuilt

    1992 Pandan shipyard, Singapore

  • Weight

    95 tons

  • Cruising Speed

    8 knots

  • Range

    5000 nautical miles

  • Auxiliary Boats

    17 foot Runabout with 60hp Outboard – Yamaha Waverunner and Rescue Sled

  • Safety Certificates

    Vessel holds Honduras Safety Certificate, International Loadlines Certificate, Ship Safety Radio Certificate, and is surveyed annually.

  • Safety Equipment

    2 x 20 man life rafts, 1 rescue boat, 18 life jackets, handflares, Parachute flares, Red Signal Smoke, dual frequency EPIRB distress beacon, 8 life rings with strobes

  • Accommodation

    4 x two berth air conditioned (total 8 passengers)

  • Crew

    Captain, engineer plus four crew

  • Entertainment

    30 inch flat screen TV, DVD, Stereo, BOSE Sound System

  • Communication

    Marine Radio (SSB Main/SSB Stab=ndby/VHF/4xhandheld), Inmarsat telephone and fax – Internet capable