The R/V Benthos is a 30’ aluminum catamaran built by Armstrong marine in Port Angeles, WA. This unique vessel is ready to support almost any type of hydrographic or geophysical survey, and may still be trailered to the site. In any business, time equals money — so the R/V Benthos is designed to be more efficient than other vessels in its class. Twin 300 horsepower Yamaha engines enable the boat to get to the survey site faster to take advantage of weather windows; and when the weather stays nice the R/V Benthos is capable of running 24 hour operations. The lab is sea water air-conditioned with a refrigerator and enclosed head to keep everyone comfortable on longer trips. Ample electrical power is provided by an 8 kW Westerbeke diesel generator with a hydraulic PTO. Sampling gear can be run off of the side of the vessel with a davit arm or off of the stern with the custom A-frame and 1000lb hydraulic winch. Equipment will be safe and dry in the lab with shock mounted computer racks, and sampling gear can be easily monitored from the secondary control station on the stern deck. Geodynamics is excited to offer this new research vessel and expanded survey capacity, and we are eager to deploy the R/V Benthos on your next hydrographic survey project!