R/V APALACHEE Specifications


Length 63-ft (LOA) Fuel Capacity 2,244 GAL (diesel)
Beam 21.5 ft Potable Water 350 GAL
Draft 6 ft Endurance 3-6 Days before refueling
Cruising 12-16 kts Crew 2 Berths
Range 1000 NM Scientists 4 Berths

Note: A maximum cargo load of 2 long tons (LT) may be carried on the main deck with or without passengers. The height of the deck cargo is not to exceed 7 feet above the main deck.

Main Propulsion System

  • Engines - Two John Deere, model 6135 SFM-2, 13-liter inline 6-cylinder
  • Gears - Twin Disc Model MGX-5114 SC, 2.5 4:1, EC300 controls at 2 stations

Electrical System

  • Northern Lights 30kW @ 1800rpm, 60HZ, 120-208, 3 phase, w/AVR. 12 volt electrical system
  • Shore Power 240 volt, 1/0, 4 wire, 60 HZ w/50 amp shore power receptacle w/ shore power cable

Navigation and Positioning

  • Compass - Ritchie
  • Autopilot - Furuno NAVPILOT 500
  • Depth Sounder - Furuno FCV1150 stand-alone unit with Airmar Tranducer (1) (depth of operation: 305 m high frequency; 610 m low frequency)
  • Navnet - Furuno 3D System (1)
  • Rose Point computerized navigation system using GPX
  • Standalone Furuno chart plotter w/ dedicated GPS antenna
  • Twin Disc Electronic EC300 controls (2 station) - 0.5 kt low speed for towing ROV etc.
  • Lights, Navigational (USCG standards) - Full compliment
  • Lights, Search - Carlisle & Finch (2) 10", 120- volt A/C


  • Radios - VHF Furuno FM 4000 with antennas (2)
  • Radio transmitter - Furuno Single Sideband FS 1503 EM with antenna (1) - long distance communication, HF Email Service Worldwide Network
  • Satellite phone (strict rules of use apply)
  • Starlink Wifi is now available (additional fees apply)


  • Sleeps 8 - 4 bunks in spacious State Room, 2 bunks in Pilot House and 2 bunks in Settee
  • Galley in main cabin w/ refrigerator / freezer (1), sink, microwave, small stove / oven with range hood; storage cabinets; settee upholstered seating (U shape) w/storage and dinette table; multiple outlets to serve as work station when required.
  • Head, full - Main cabin; stainless sink, cold & hot water faucet, small vanity, fiberglass shower, toilet
  • Head, wet - Aft deck stainless sink, toilet

Work Area

  • Wet Laboratory - 200 sq. ft w/ aluminum table, stainless steel sink (2) across aft wall of main deck cabin, one w/ fresh water and one w/ sea water; duplex electrical outlets (8) Low Presure Air hook up (psi ?)as well as aft deck
  • Dry lab - 200 sq. ft w/ laminate-top desk, chairs, and duplex surge-protected electrical outlets (4); refrigerator/freezer for retaining samples, chemicals, and other research items.
  • Aft Deck - 780 sq. ft. with 40 x 1 in. bolt downs primarily on 2-ft and 4-ft centers
  • Dive platforms (2) - Swim platforms & ladders, hinged to fold up against transom

Ships Systems

  • HVAC System - Cruise Air self-contained heat pump units: 25,000 BTU unit in the Pilot House (1), 36,000 BTU unit in the main cabin (1), 17,300 BTU unit(1) in the two lab areas
  • Potable water system - 120-volt, 1" pump, 8.5-gallon pressure tank and plumbing, 350-gallon Poly fresh water tank w/ vent, 30-gallon hot water heater, hose bibs & faucet in wet lab sink, Cruise R.O. water maker capable of up to 4 gal/h
  • Seawater system - 2-HP wash down pump system, single 1-1/2" fire hose from this pump on aft deckhouse bulkhead w/ hose bibs & faucet in wet lab sink
  • Raw sewer system 350-gal holding capacity for inshore work and discharge capability for prolong offshore work.

Service Equipment

  • Hydraulic A-frame (stern) –2.3-m wide x 3.0-m tall, 1.2-m reach; 3000-lb (1360 kg) maximum towing load, specification w/ hydraulic cylinders (2) mounted to aft deck at stern w/ ladder rungs & flood light
  • Swing Davit Arm -(lower deck, starboard side) – 2.1-m tall, 1.2-m reach
  • Knuckle-Boom crane (upper deck, port side) - 4,300-lb (1960-kg) maximum load at 8.2 ft (2.5m); 1500 lb (700 kg) maximum load at 22.3 ft (6.85 m)
  • Winch - McElroy/Catchot Model 401E, with ¼ wire cable
  • Outriggers (2) - 5-m long (port & starboard sides) - hinged w/ secure capability in both deployed and stowed positions
  • Dive Air System - 7 cfm 5000 psi fully automatic, mounted on four DOT 440 4500psi cylinders, with control panel and two fill whips
  • Compressor, Campbell Hausfeld (low pressure, cast iron) - mounted on 20- gallon tank, belt driven w/ 2-HP 115-volt A/C electric motor.
  • Tender vessel, Zodiac - 4.6 m, 25 hp outboard, maximum load 6 person or 1280 lbs (580 kg) (if requested)

Safety Equipment

  • Two 12-Person Survitec Zodiac Life Rafts
  • One ARC EPIRB 406mhz
  • 48 Type 2 Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  • Eight Hand Held Signal Flairs
  • Six Orange Smoke Signals

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 12:46 PM