The Carolyn Dow is a 36’ x 10’ shallow-draft, high-speed landing craft. She was built by Munson Boats in Burlington, Washington. Munson worked closely with us to design and implement our vision for this highly customized research boat.
Our goal was to design a boat with the broadest range of capabilities possible at a trailerable scale.
The Carolyn Dow is our primary vessel, outfitted to support all of our near-shore sampling, surveying and diving operations. She is one of the most versatile and well-appointed in the industry and offers a safe, comfortable and efficient work environment.
A twenty foot a-frame travels the full length of the foredeck. Lifting capacity is one ton at full reach over the bow, 2 tons at vertical through the moon hole.
The boat has a modified catamaran hull, so she is stable, maneuverable, and can work in extremely shallow water.
The operator has a clear view of the deck and control of bow and stern depth sounders, sub-meter DGPS, three anchor windlasses, wireless hydraulic controls, and the easy button.
The house offers heat, air conditioning, microwave, wireless internet, 12v and 110v power, and well-placed work surfaces. Radar and work lights extend the winter work window.
Sample processing is facilitated by easy access to coolers and power at a work station, with fresh water and site water available at a self-draining processing table.
Centered under the a-frame at vertical, the moon hole was designed to accommodate geoprobe and to increase our lifting capacity.
Most work is done with the bow door horizontal, enabling safe and convenient access to the waterline. Working from the bow often allows us to sample in just inches of water.
30 kt cruising speed, 18" stern draft