RV Bellows





LENGTH:                                81 Ft

FUEL CAPACITY:                3000 gal

BEAM:                                    20 Ft

POTABLE WATER:                      1500

DRAFT:                                   4 Ft

ENDURANCE:                       10 DAYS

CRUISING:                             8.5 Kts

CREW:                                    3

RANGE:                                  1200 Nm

SCIENTISTS:             10



Two GM 6-71 diesel engines through Allison marine gears; 400 HP total.




Two Detroit 3-71 diesels with 40 KW, 120/208 V, 3 phase generators.



1 M100 ICOM VHF Transceiver; 1 Motorola 440 VHF Transceiver; 1 Standard HX220S Handheld VHF Transceiver; 1 M700 ICOM SSB Transceiver; 1 Stevens Sea 222 SSB Transceiver; Furuno DFAX Weather FAX Receiver. Vessel call sign: WBC 8717.



1 M800 Northstar LORAN C; 1 Trimble NavTrac XL GPS; Furuno FP300 paper plotter; 1 Furuno 1411 72 NM Color Radar; 1 Furuno 1941 48 NM Radar with video chart display and electronic plotter; 1 800 Northstar loran C with printer in lab.



1 Furuno DE 881 depth recorder, 2000 m in lab; 1 Raytheon V860 split screen color video - 4800 watts - 1000 m in pilot house.



One electro-mechanical hydraulic CTD winch with slip rings, with 800m, .303" 2 conductor cable with 1000 lb line pull. One hydraulic trawling winch with 1800 m, 5/16" cable, 6000 lb line pull. One Hydro winch on 01 deck with 1800 m, 3/16' cable, 800 lb line pull. One auxiliary davit winch on 01 deck for small boat deployment. Other winches and cable sizes provided on request.



Stern location, width 14 ft, height 16 ft, hydraulic rams, travel distance 3 ft fore, 3 ft aft.



Starboard aft; width 6 ft, height 10 ft, fixed with 2x6 ft hero platform.



Starboard side extending 13 ft for plankton/neuston tows.



14 ft Boston Whaler, 25 hp outboard; A 12 ft Inflatable with 15 hp outboard can be placed on board with advanced notice.



10 berths for scientists; 3 for crew; 2 heads; all living spaces air-conditioned.



185 sq. ft. dry/wet air conditioned 12' x 14' laboratory, refrigerator/freezer space; Salt water system; 275 sq. ft. afterdeck area.



600 cu.ft. below decks in the Lazarette.


Scientific equipment that is available for use on cruises are, CTD, XBT, Niskin Bottles, Reversing thermometers, Bottom grabs, and Piston Corer.


The Research Vessel BELLOWS is owned by the State of Florida and is operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography on behalf of the State University System. It is designated and certified as an Oceanographic Research Vessel by the US Coast Guard. The normal operational areas for the BELLOWS are the Gulf of Mexico, SE Atlantic, Bahamas and the northern Caribbean Sea. Research disciplines supported are Biological, Physical, Seismic, Geological, Environmental and Weather. Numerous universities and agencies, both state and federal are users of the BELLOWS.


The BELLOWS is available, fully found, to government agencies, universities, colleges and private industry for research and teaching cruises at competitive rates. It's shallow draft makes it ideal for estuarine, coastal Caribbean and Bahama Island research.