Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Research Assets

2015 Vessel Accomplishment Report

photo of Research Vessel Tatoosh
Research Vessel Tatoosh
Research Vessel Tatoosh

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's 40-foot R/V Tatoosh has been operating along the Washington Coast and Puget Sound since it was built by Munson Manufacturing- American Eagle in 1994. The R/V Tatoosh spends the field season in La Push, WA from late April to October and Port Angeles during the off season. The R/V Tatoosh is an aluminum boat with shallow draft and powered by two Caterpillar 3126 engines and two Hamilton HJ292 water jets. The R/V Tatoosh is used in a wide range of capacities including near shore mooring operations, habitat mapping (using sediment sampling equipment and a newly acquired SeaBat 8101 (292k pdf) multibeam echosounder), and marine mammal and sea bird surveys/projects.

The R/V Tatoosh is seeking partnership opportunities. (388k pdf)

For current availability or any other questions, please contact voc.ocnms@noaa.gov.


photo of a Rigid Inflatable  (RHIB) underway in the sanctuary
Rigid Hull Inflatable (RHIB) underway in the sanctuary.
Rigid Hull Inflatable

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's 22' high speed Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) is powered by two 90PH Johnson outboard engines and has a range of 90NM at a cruising speed of 35 knots. The RHIB has a range of 90 nautical miles and can be staged anywhere along the Washington coast. A small j-davit is mounted on the mast for use with portable block and tackle.

The RHIB is available for use and great for diving operations. For more information please contact voc.ocnms@noaa.gov.



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