The Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory (MCRL) at PNNL-Sequim has two research vessels available for performing scientific research: the 28-ft R/V Strait Science and the 23-ft SAFE Boat.
R/V Strait Science
The R/V Strait Science is used to perform a variety of field work, including sediment sampling and side scan sonar studies. The sonar-equipped research vessel serves as the dive platform for the MCRL scientific dive team to conduct underwater testing and filming. The R/V Strait Science is 28 feet long, has a 10.2 foot beam, and 4.7 foot draft. With its A-frame system, the R/V Strait Science has a 1,000-lb load capacity and 500 feet of stainless steel cable.
A 12-volt DC and an inverter supplying 120V AC are available to supply power for computers and other sampling equipment. Onboard electronics include a Raymarine E-Series widescreen multifunction display; Raymarine Raystar 125 Plus GPS sensor; Airmar P66 600W dual-frequency transom-mount transducer; Raymarine DSM300 HD Digital Sounder module; Raymarine RD424 4kW Radome scanner and two cabin-mounted marine VHF radios.
MCRL's SAFE Boat serves as a platform for water and sediment sampling, for seining of nearshore fish species, and frequently supports the scientific dive team. The boat has been used to for all sorts of scientific endeavors, ranging from the deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to transplanting Zostera marina (eelgrass) for restoration purposes.
The sonar-equipped SAFE Boat is 23 feet long, has an 8.5 foot beam, and a 26 inch draft. Its size is well-suited for harbor work and shallow river operations.Onboard electrical power includes 12V DC plus 120V AC supplied by an inverter. Onboard electronics include a Raymarine C90W multifunction display (2009) with integrated GPS and WAAS capability, Raymarine RD418D radar (2009), Raymarine DSM30 depth sounder module (2011), transom-mount transducer, and a mounted ICOM marine VHF radio.