In June '04 we chartered a Lagoon
410 in the BVI's and did several dives. We were able to lash tanks
; had plenty of room in very accessible cockpit
lockers for BCD's etc., and getting fitted out and accessing the water
from the pontoon stern steps was handy. There were also plenty of cleats
in good locations for tying convenience/safety lines that were dropped in the water
when we needed something to hold us in place, etc.
I give the Lagoon
410 a solid "B," maybe even a B+, as a dive platform.
This past January we chartered a Beneteau
473 in St Martin
. Winds and seas were much rougher in St Martin
in January than in the BVI's in June. So we were STRONGLY discouraged from lashing tanks
. We stowed them in DEEP lockers under the stern seats; very difficult and cumbersome. That's also where we stored BCD's etc; again cumbersome and difficult, and we had to be especially careful in placement to prevent damage to equipment
was cramped for four divers to "suit up." Access to the water via the stern transom was adequate, but getting back in the boat was a little tougher than on the catamaran
I give the Beneteau
a "C minus" as a dive platform, and that may be generous.
In fairness, the Beneteau grade is also partially influenced by the fact that for us the diving/snorkeling in St Martin wasn't very good; perhaps the BVI's just spoiled us, although even the Keys were better than St Martin. While we were in St Martin conditions were unseasonably rough/strong, so it may not be a fair evaluation. I'd like to give it another try some spring!!