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R/V Capricorn

The R/V Capricorn is a recently renovated and equipped vessel available primarily for use in coastal research and education.   The vessel is a 1980 Defender Yacht that can accommodate up to 20 passengers plus crew. The cabin provides space for laboratory instrumentation, as well as facilities for navigation, communication, and living aboard.

While primarily configured for university groups, we have a limited ability to accommodate other school groups, under the following conditions:

High School Groups (9th – 12th Grade):  1 adult chaperone per 10 students

Middle School Groups (6th – 8th Grade):  1 adult chaperone per 5 students; Students must wear life jackets;

Elementary School Groups (5th grade and lower): we are unable to accommodate this age group

Normally, trips are scheduled on week days.  Saturday trips will depend on crew availability.  No Sunday trips will be scheduled unless requested by the IMS Director.

▪ GM 60 series Detroit Deisel, 625 hp turbo charged
▪ 8 Kw generator, Kohler, 110-240 ac
▪ DC to AC Inverter
▪ Hydraulic winch with “A” frame and new cables, lifting cap. 2000 lbs, 45-90 degrees
▪ 16′ wide and 48′ long (LOA)
▪ Draft: 4.5- 5 ft.
▪ 250 gallon fuel tank
▪ Reserve fuel tanks, hold up to 2600 gallons
▪ Cruising speed: 18 mph
▪ Top speed: 21.5 mph
▪ Hydraulic trim tabs
▪ 370 gallons fresh water
▪ Furuno radar, 2-24 miles

Navigation & Communication:
▪ Furuno color scope, 10-1500 ft
▪ Auto-pilot
▪ VHF ship/ shore
▪ Cell phone
▪ Northstar GPS
▪ Loran

▪ Microwave
▪ Refrigerator
▪ Storage below
▪ 62 µm plankton net
▪ Wash down hoses
▪ 35 ft trawl
▪ AC/ Heat
▪ Experienced crew

Effective July 1, 2011, charges for the R/V Capricorn will be as follows:
$100 per hour for weekday trips of up to 8 hours
$125 per hour for overtime (weekdays over 8 hours; Saturdays, holidays)

Preparation and clean up fee: $80
Capricorn fuel usage: at cost
Additional required personnel overtime: at cost
 (2nd Mate as required by law and any additional personnel.)

There is a half day minimum for all uses on the R/V Capricorn.

Estimates on fuel and personnel costs will be available on request.

The R/V Capricorn is not available on Sundays.

To reserve, contact: Stacy Davis
252-726-6841 ext.142