R/V Auk Specifications

The R/V Auk is the sanctuary's aluminum hydrofoil-assisted research catamaran. The R/V Auk is a multi-purpose research vessel designed primarily to support the sanctuary's science and education missions. Its length overall is 50 ft., its beam is 19 ft. and its draft is less than 6 ft. It has twin 484 hp diesel engines that drive propellers. Its cruising speed in the sanctuary is 16 kts or less, depending on mission and standing orders, but has a top speed of 28 kts. It has a fuel capacity of 600 gallons and a range of 400 nm. It carries a crew of two and a science party of up to 14 for day trips. While principally intended as a day boat, it can conduct 2-3 day missions with berthing for six (two crew and four scientists). Its stable twin-hull configuration and sea keeping ability provide year-round access to all parts of the sanctuary. The vessel incorporates special design features to facilitate research. The vessel holds both wet and dry labs. It can deploy, tow, and retrieve scientific equipment with its 750 lb capacity oceanographic winch. A 1,500-lb hydraulic A-frame and articulated knuckle crane aid in the deployment or retrieval of equipment. Bow thrusters aid in positioning the vessel. A dive ladder supports diving operations and the spacious flying bridge facilitates wildlife observations. A 16-ft. rigid hull inflatable can be deployed as necessary. The R/V Auk also offers secondary capabilities as an emergency response asset and for on-the-water enforcement patrols, if required. The R/V Auk was recognized as one of the "Great Boats of 2006" by Marine News magazine (December 2006).

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