Hang on tight: The WildCat tour boat is back in Bermuda’s waters for the first time in five years and the speed machine is sure to offer thrill seekers a unique perspective of the island. *Photo supplied
Hang on tight: The WildCat tour boat is back in Bermuda’s waters for the first time in five years and the speed machine is sure to offer thrill seekers a unique perspective of the island. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, JUNE 15: After nearly five years on dry stilts in the East End the WildCat is back in the water.

The 50ft high-speed catamaran has been completely renovated and refitted by its new owners and officially started operating around the island again just this week.

The WildCat was built in Australia in 2000 and provided tours to thousands of tourists and locals in Bermuda for around seven years.

But for the last five years she has been laid up on stilts.

Last November K.S. WaterSports bought the WildCat and the company’s boss, Kevin Sousa, his father, William, and a few staff members have spent the last five months bringing it back up to scratch.

Mr Sousa said: “We have had a lot of help along the way and we are grateful to KM Marine Solutions, Spar Yard Industries and Custom Acoustics.

“The refit has included a complete overhaul of motors and fittings as well as upgrades to the entertainment system, the seats and cushions, navigation equipment and much more.”

The new Wildcat can carry up to 54 passengers and is able to reach speeds of 55mph thanks to its twin 1,000 horsepower diesel engines.

 Mr Sousa added: “We bought the WildCat because it provides visitors and locals with an exciting tour option in Bermuda.

“And it also fits right into our business model of adventure tours that we currently provide on the island.

“WildCat’s benefit is that with its speed and comfort, guests can see more of the island in less time, not to mention it is a fun, thrilling sightseeing adventure that will suit persons of all ages.”

K.S. Watersports, which also runs jet ski and parasailing tours from Dockyard, has designed several WildCat packages including the sunset tour and the round the island adventure.

To find out more or book a trip visit www.kswatersports.com or call 238-4155.