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R/V Jonboat

R/V Jonboat at the dock ready for a day of science

R/V Jonboat is a Lowe Olympic Jonboat L1652MT aquired by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in 2009 in order to conduct habitat survey operations in very shallow waters. Its flat bottom, shallow draft, and easy road trailering make it an excellent platform for scouting and mapping otherwise inaccessible shoreline habitats. Minor modifications were made to mount hydrographic survey equipment such as side-scan sonar and single-beam acoustic classification systems.

R/V Jonboat Technical Specifications

Length: 16 ft.

Beam: 6 ft. 3 in.

Draft: 8 in.

Hull Weight: 450 lbs.

Max. Weight Capacity: 1216 lbs.

Max. Person Capacity: 5 people or 715 lbs.

R/V Jonboat has a riveted aluminum construction and is powered by a tiller-steered 25 hp Mercury EFI 4-stroke outboard engine.

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