The Centennial operated as FHL’s research vessel from 2002 through 2019.  We have purchased a new vessel, the R/V Kittiwake, to arrive soon at FHL; stay tuned for details!

General Description
Detailed Specifications

General Description

Length over all: 58’
Beam: 19’6”
Hull: Steel
Working deck: 610 sq. ft. (covered exterior wet lab: 112 sq. ft.)
Interior dry-electronics lab: approximately 200 sq. ft
Cruising speed: 9-10 knots
Sleeps: 6 crew-scientists (multi-day cruises encouraged)
Maximum crew plus passengers: 34 (25 for trawls or dredges)
Fuel capacity: 3600 gal


Remotely Operated Vehicle: Deep Ocean Engineering Phantom HD-2+2, 1000 depth capacity, 1100 ft. umbilical, high resolution color camera, video output to 50” color plasma monitor in dry-lab, digital video recorder, lateral thruster, and Hypack-Trackpoint navigational system, forward looking sonar, manipulator arm.
Trolling valve (for slow speed operation)
Bow thruster
Floodable tank amidships (1200 cu. ft.) for adjusting ballast, and aft tank (70 cu. ft., below deck) for holding live fish.
2-boom system for lifting instruments overboard, trawling, dredging, and plankton work. Safe Working Load (SWL) for main boom and winch set to 4500 lbs. Main boom has under-slung main wire run through a hydraulically movable trolley system.
High volume wash down pump. Additional seawater system pipes undisturbed subsurface water from the ship’s bow to the wet lab.
Two Dugas trawl winches (to support single and double wire trawling), each with 400 fathoms wire rope. Hydraulic trawl reel.
Instrument well (15” diameter) for deploying transducers
Electrical VDC: 12 and 24 volt system
Electrical VAC: 40 KW (John Deere) and 25 KW (Yanmar) generators
Extensive bridge electronics and navigational systems
Extensive safety equipment including 30 person and 6 person (offshore) life rafts with hydrostatic release. 8 survival suits.
Nets and doors (2.5m Fishbuster) for one and two wire trawling (midwater and bottom). Acoustic net monitoring system for quantitative assessment of trawls. Second trawl system (single wire) utilizing smaller doors and trawl (otter trawl).
Hydro-winch with 800m Armagraph (.332) conducting cable for real-time data collection. CTD (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and fluorescence) and 12 Niskin bottle carousel.
Rock, mud, and anchor dredges, beam trawl, Van Veen grab, miscellaneous plankton nets (including opening-closing)
Tritech-SeaKing 325 kHz side scan sonar (can be deployed from Centennial or from ROV)
Sontek 250kHz Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (approximately 200m range) with bottom tracking
Ample freezer and refrigerator space for sample storage


For R/V Centennial and related charges, please contact Derek Smith.

For other boat use rates and facilities rates, refer to our Standard Researcher Rates or, if paying expenses directly from a University of Washington budget, our UW Budget Researcher Rates.


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