Viking Welding & Response Marine, Inc. have recently completed a 36’ research vessel, which is being used in United States Coast Guard Academy coursework this fall. Christened the Michael J. Greeley “Spirit of ‘61” the vessel was largely funded by generous gifts from the Academy class of 1961 and named after a classmember who passed away while a cadet at the Academy.
The Michael J. Greeley adds capacity, capability and versatility to the marine research and lab work offerings of the Academy. With over 170 square feet of open working deck, 1500 pound capacity A-frame with hydraulic winch and two 500 pound capacity davits with hydraulic capstans, hauling and sampling is more efficient and versatile than on the smaller Academy boats. For lab and sorting work there are two 4’x3’ portable, flow-though tables. The pilothouse interior features counter space for computers and a 19” diameter thru-hull well for various sampling and sonar instruments. Power is twin Cummins 220 hp diesels with electronic controls and monitoring, producing over twenty knots top speed.
Designed by Response Marine, Inc. the boat is very similar to other 36 footers designed for the University of Connecticut and Michigan Technological University. Plans and construction were inspected and approved under Subchapter T regulations and Simplified Stability tests were conducted both with and without lifted weights. Without lifts the vessel meets stability for 19 passengers on a coastwise route. With lifted weights, the vessel meets stability for 19 passengers on a partially protected route.
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