King County Research Catamaran

The 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory operates in Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and adjoining inland waterways. The vessel conducts water sampling research along with marine buoy calibration, maintenance and retrieval, tours and shoreline surveys, dive and ROV operations. 

Vessel Specifications


Type: Foil Assisted Research Catamaran
Designer/Builder: Vigor
Length (Overall): 48'
Beam (Overall with Fender): 18’8”
Draft (RFS): 3’
Fuel Capacity: 650 gal
Water Capacity: 100 gal
Speed (Full Load): ~29 knots
Engines: (2) Cummins Tier III QSC8.3
Transmission: ZF 286
Propulsors: (2) Hamilton HJ364 Waterjets, Hamilton Jet Modular Electronic Control System
Marine Crane: Morgan 300-3 with 2,200 lb capacity winch
A-Frame: SWL 2,500 lb capacity
  • 4, crew, 2 scientists
  • Chemical Storage Locker
  • Furuno Navnet navigation system
  • Moonpool on aft deck
  • Galley & two staterooms
  • Laboratory with portable sediment table, hydrowire metering, vacuum pump & tank

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