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Research Vessels

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant maintains a fleet of vessels that are available to support research efforts in coastal Georgia. 

R/V Sea Dawg

 

The research vessel Sea Dawg is based at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island. The vessel conducts education, outreach and research operations within Georgia’s inshore waters and offshore out to 20 nautical miles.

The R/V Sea Dawg was built in 1979 by Torres Boatworks in Key West, FL. Originally, the boat was built as a commercial lobster trawler. In 1981, it was acquired by UGA and converted to a marine education and fisheries research vessel.

The R/V Sea Dawg can support up to 25 people, including crew, for daily trips. Four people can be accommodated for multi-day operations.

Vessel Specifications

Length: 43 feet
Draft: 5 feet
Beam: 15 feet
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Engine: Detroit Diesel 8V-71
Generator: Cummins/Onan 8kW

The vessel has an A-frame and a trawl winch that can deploy equipment over the stern. The A-frame is 79 inches wide with a clearance of approximately 76 inches over the transom. Approximate deck space between the transom and winch is 102 inches by 80 inches. Safe Working Load is approximately 500 pounds.

Science Specifications

Refrigerator/Freezer: 4.5 cubic feet (Non-hazardous materials only)
Generator AC Power supply: 110v AC
Shore AC Power supply: 50A 110v AC
Inverter AC power supply: 400 watts
Trawl winch with approximately 300 feet of 3/8“ stainless steel cable

Accommodations

Berthing: Up to 4 bunks
Microwave
Head/Shower
Mini fridge

R/V Sea Dawg Research Charter Fees

  • Local/In-Port charters are $1,000 per day or portion of a day, up to 10 hrs.
  • Charters out of the local port of Savannah are $1,300 per day or portion of a day, up to 10 hrs.
  • An additional charge of $400 per day will be made if other crew (other than Captain) or staff members are required.
  • Additional charges may be made if special gear must be used or changed repeatedly
  • User is responsible for docking fees and room and board charges for captain and crew if the vessel must be away from home port overnight.
  • Additional working hours beyond 10 hours per day may be contracted as available at the rate of $100/hr. However, USCG regulations do not allow one captain to work more than 12 hours in one day.

For more information or to schedule the Sea Dawg, contact Todd Recicar, Marine Operations Supervisor at trecicar@uga.edu.


R/V Georgia Bulldog

 

The research vessel Georgia Bulldog is based at the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant office in Brunswick, Georgia. The vessel can conduct research operations in coastal and offshore waters along the East Coast of the United States in state and federal waters.

The R/V Georgia Bulldog was built in 1977 by DESCO in St. Augustine, FL. Originally, the boat was built as a commercial shrimp trawler. In 1980, it was acquired by UGA and converted to a fisheries research vessel.

The R/V Georgia Bulldog can support up to 5 scientific crew for overnight research cruises. We provide an additional three-person boat crew. Day trips are also available.

Vessel Specifications

Length: 73 feet
Draft: 10 feet
Beam: 20 feet
Cruising Speed: 8-9 knots
Engine: 3406 Caterpillar, 365 h.p.
Generator: Mitsubishi/20kW
Gross Tons: 99
Fresh water tanks: 1,000 gallon capacity

The vessel two trawl winches that can deploy equipment over the sides or stern. One large McAlroy winch has the capability of deploying two 70-foot trawl nets or four 45-foot trawl nets off of the sides. One small trynet winch has the capability of deploying one 12-foot trynet off of the starboard side. One 40-foot single rig can also be pulled off of the stern.

Science Specifications

Freezer: 7.0 cubic feet
Small work bench area
McAlroy trawl winch with approx. 600 feet of main cable with 9/16” stainless steel cable and 300-foot bridles of ½” stainless steel cable.
Trynet trawl winch with approx. 300 feet of main cable and 40-foot bridles.

Accommodations

Berthing: 8 bunks
Head/Shower
Stove
Refrigerator
AC/heater
2 large chest freezers. One for food and one for ice.

R/V Georgia Bulldog Research Charter Fees

Local/In-Port charters are
$1,800/day (10 hours or less)
$2,100/day (10-12 hours)
$2,400/day (12+ hours)

Charters out of the local port of Brunswick are
$2,100/day (10 hours or less)
$2,300/day (10-12 hours)
$2,800/day (12+ hours)

Other Charges
$1,000/day cruise mobilization*
$1,000/day cruise demobilization*
$1,500/day – Running day
$1,000/day – Weather day
$1,000/day – Standby day
$500 for for event dockside outreach

  • Additional charges will be added if other staff members are required or if special gear must be used or changed repeatedly.

*Mobilization/demobilization applies to any vessel rigging and provisioning needed to meet specific cruise specifications.

For more information or to schedule the Georgia Bulldog, contact Lisa Gentit at gentit@uga.edu and Bryan Fluech at fluech@uga.edu.

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