Research Vessel

The Rachel K Goodwin research vessel has been used on a great number of marine research expeditions because it is extremely versatile and comfortable for carrying out ocean-going research tasks. At 110 ft. long, and having a beam of 26 ft. wide, it is a substantial vessel, capable of withstanding the worst weather the Atlantic can offer. Its draft is 7 ft. without ballast, and 10 ft. when carrying ballast, (which has a maximum capacity of 50,531 gallons), and its net tonnage is 66 tons, with gross tonnage being 98 tons.

It has heating and air conditioning systems, so as to provide comfort for crew members and clients, and it has a full galley, as well as two full heads and showers. There are separate quarters for the crew and clients, and there is a modern lab area that is equipped with television, stereo, and a DVD player. When passengers have a chance to relax, this area provides some great opportunity for entertainment and winding down from the day’s exertions.


The Rachel K Goodwin can travel at speeds between 9 and 12 knots, and it has a fuel capacity of 22,506 gallons. Another 5,000 gallons of potable water can be stored onboard, so everyone can stay sufficiently hydrated during the expedition. The total available deck space is 1,550 sq.ft., which comes from dimensions of 62 ft. x 25 ft.

It has a barbecue grill on board, so everyone can enjoy some outdoor cooking, to break up the diet of prepared foods, and throw on a celebratory steak once in a while. Fuel consumption while in transit is 50 gph, between 10 and 20 gph during OPS, and 4 gph during GenSet only.


The first thing which should be mentioned is the extensive safety equipment which the research vessel is equipped with. It has a 50-man life raft, 8 fire extinguishers, a fire hose on deck, three 20” throwable life rings, 50 life vests, 12 survival suits, a fire blanket, emergency lighting, and a 50-mile Orion Flare Kit to alert other vessels when danger is present.

It also has a SOLAS ACR RLB-32 CAT1 EPIRB, so that your position can be radioed to others in the event of serious trouble. Once your position is known with accuracy, help can be sent in short order, and the situation can be managed.

Onboard equipment includes two 3-71 30KW Detroit Generators, a high-capacity deck-mounted winch with 25,000 lbs. capacity, a rear-mounted steel hydraulic A-Frame with 27′ vertical deck clearance, and a 4-71 Detroit fire pump. In addition, the Rachel K Goodwin also has a 4” Pipe Sonar Pole with a standard 4” Pipe Flange for equipment-mounting, and it has several adapters which can be used with it. It also has twin 16V92N Detroit main engines, as well as aft and wheelhouse bulkhead pass-thru.


The ship has some very sophisticated electronics on board, all of which will help you to accomplish whatever research work you’re carrying out. It has a Furuno GPS/WAAS Navigator, a Uniden UM380 VHF Radio, an ICOM ICM412 VHF Radio, and a Furuno Echosounder LS6100. The Plotter is a Garmin GPMAP541 model, and the vessel is outfitted with a Furuno M#1935 Radar system.

The AIS is a model JRC JHS-182, and the vessel also has a PC Plotter with coastal explorer navigation software. It also has a Ritchie 6” Compass on board, to provide compass directions throughout the duration of the expedition.


The Rachel K Goodwin is an outstanding marine research vessel that has been used by a whole slew of reputable agencies and research organizations. To be sure it’s available for your next research project, contact us at Goodwin Marine Services in Hull, MA.

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