The Indies Trader
Weight: 95 tons
Overall length: 75’
Breadth (width): 17’6″
Construction: steel with an aluminum wheelhouse
Maximum speed: 9.5 kph
Range: 5,000 miles
Miles traveled since 1999: 77,872
Some of the guests have included: Tom Carroll, Matt Hoy, Gary Elkerton, Nathan Fletcher, Fred Patacchia, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, and a large variety of surfers from nineteen countries.
By now, the Indies Trader, or the Quiksilver Crossing boat, has to be one of the most famous boats in the world. After all, the distinctly orange and blue colored hull has traveled the same amount of distance as circling the globe over three times, has been featured in hundreds of surf photos at perfect breaks, and has been the habitat for some of the world’s most famous surfers.
Built in 1972 for salvage business purposes, the Indies Trader was cut in half in 1992 and six feet were added to the boat, along with two new cabins. In 1999, the boat took on the familiar Polynesian pattern on the hull, and according to Quiksilver, “embarked on a mission to explore the world’s oceans for surf, contribute to the environment, and provide empathy for local cultures and customs.” Since then, the 188 horsepower engine has used 21 liters of fuel per hour to burn 575,944 liters of fuel to get where it is today.
The Quiksilver Crossing also undertook a unique environmental mission with a program called Reef Check. By providing information studies and the monitoring of reefs around the world, together their goal is “to spread awareness and show communities how to monitor and manage their own reefs”–to prevent further damage from such abuses as overfishing.
Along with a captain, cook, and three Indonesian crew members, the Indies Trader constantly interchanges guests every two weeks. There are eight berths in four cabins, and these are usually inhabited by one photographer, one marine biologist, one cinematographer, and four or five surfers–the most people that can stay on the boat at one time is thirteen.
The cabins are comfortable, and there’s plenty of deck space on top to stretch out. Amenities such as a stereo system and DVD player help pass the time when traveling between islands or taking breaks between surfs. A total of 360 guests have walked the famous deck of the Trader, and they’ve eaten approximately 55,680 meals. Thanks to the friendly, knowledgeable, and hard-working crews, those guests have discovered 98 new breaks around the world–it’s safe to say that when you’re on the Crossing you never know what you may find.