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RESEARCH AND COMMERCIAL VESSELS

Watsons Marine has been commission to build several research vessels for prestigious Universities & Commercial operators. These vessels have been designed for a specific purpose and with the need for excellent performance, endurance and reliability.

We work closely with our clients to ensure all their specifications are met on time and on budget. We understand most or part of the funds often comes from grant money, as such there are guidelines and time frames that need to be adhered to.

When designing a boat with a specific purpose in mind it sometimes requires thinking outside the box to find the right product or component to achieve the desired function.

The Australian Government supports organisations to engage in the management of Australian Marine Parks.  They support projects that help ensure marine parks are healthy, resilient and well managed. Part of the management is encouraging ongoing research and management of our parks, and that means these departments and universities need boats.

This is where we can help, having already been part of this process with James Cook University, Griffith Universities and The Australian Institute of Marine Science, as well as others conducting private research.

If your organisation is in need of new or replacement boats, talk to us about your requirements.  Our previous clients are so please with the outcome they are happy to discuss our service and the end product with any prospective clients.

JCU

James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) Boating and Diving is the largest-scale marine research operations facility in Queensland. Their focus is on well maintained, quality equipment that meets stringent Australian safety standards and AMSA.  

On the 18th of November 2019 JCU took delivery of their new 680 Vindicator Quality Plate Alloy Boat & Trailer, powered by twin 130hp Yamaha Four Stroke Engines, built under AMSA for 2C Survey 6 persons and up to 50nm, named “Kasmira” This vessel will be monitoring Seagrass Ecology, Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem water quality, hydrology, engineering, physics, oceanography, modelling and resource economics.

Watson’s Marine Centre of Gympie, builders of the boat and trailer along with Yamaha Motor Australia are proud to be associated with JCU ‘s research vessel that will undertake the study our Great Barrier Reef marine environment.

The Vindicator 6.80 survey vessel that is 7.20m overall with a 2.5m Beam making it very stable on the water and delivering an excellent stability test.  The Vindicator 680 delivers safe, predictable handling and the ability to handle rough conditions with ease on trials. It offers high performance running to 35 knots fitted with the twin Yamaha

F130hp Four Stroke Outboards with Binnacle Controls and Single Gauge. Being trailed by a Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailer on 15” wheels with a Boat Catch fitted to boat & Trailer making it very easy to launch & retrieve.

JCU work with undergraduate and postgraduate students, external organisations such as CSIRO and AIMS, other universities and research institutes through the world. JCU’s Boating and Diving division in Townsville and Cairns campuses, are uniquely situated on doorstep of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Orpheus Island Research Station is a very important natural laboratory, home to 1100 known species of fish and 340 of the 350 known species of reef coral. With over 3000 individual reef systems, the Great Barrier Reef is a hotspot for marine diversity, attracting researchers and students from across the world to study marine biology and ecology, coastal management, climate change, and veterinary science, among many other fields.

680 Kasmira

The 680 Kasmira is a well-equipped vessel with the following:

  • Side Door & Removable Ladder for easy access for divers,
  • Rear Transom door and Fold Up Ladder
  • Removable Sorting Tray
  • Tow Point at the back of the vessel
  • 12v Stress Free Electric Pot Hauler Winch for hauling up samples.
  • 12v Electric Bilge Pump and Manual Bilge Pump.
  • Non-skid Rubber flooring with sump pump under floor to expel excess water bought onboard from the divers.
  • Full length canopy gives protection for the on- board crew from the heat.
  • A removable dive rack with folding seats,
  • Folding seat behind seats for the Skipper & Navigator making seating for the six crew.
  • Forward cabin providing storage for operational equipment.
  • LED Lighting Nav Lights, Stern Light, Cabin Light, Night Light & Back Deck Light.
  • VHF Radio, Battery, Battery Box, Isolator Switch & Aerial
  • AM/FM Radio, Aerial & Speakers
  • Garmin 8412 built into dash
  • Zip Wake Trim Tabs and Dash Switch.
  • Sat-Phone hard wired to the vessel
  • Off-Shore Survey Safety Equipment
  • Dual Battery system with Electrical Board at the back of the vessel with Hatches
  • Deck Wash Pump & Hose Assy
  • Life Buoy & Light fitted to the vessel
  • Fresh Water Tank & concealed Hose assy.
  • 16 Row Circuit Breaker Switch Panel & Compass
  • Boat Catch fitted to Boat & Trailer.
Specifications

Type of vessel:

Half Cabin Research Vessel

Classification:

AMSA – 2c Unrestricted

Designer:

Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boats – Gympie

Builder:

Watsons Marine Centre

Construction material:

5083 Plate Aluminium

Length overall:

7.20 metres

Length survey/ measured:

6.80 metres

Beam:

2.50 metres

Draft:

.500 mm

Displacement:

2.20 tonnes Light Ship

Load Capacity

1,030 kgs

Main engines:

2 x 130hp Yamaha Four Stroke Engines

Fuel capacity:

1 x 350 Ltr

Range:

190nm @ 22 knots with 10% Reserve

Propellers:

Dual 16” Talon SDS Stainless

Crew:

5 + 1

Trailer:

Vindicator Quality Aluminium Trailer

Wheels & Tyres:

Alloy Wheels with 225 /15” Light Truck Tyres

Boat Catch:

Tare Weight : 

Trailer Rated:

Heavy Duty Large Boat Catch  

820Kg

3.495 Ton

AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville Queensland is committed to undertake research that addresses real needs and provides impartial, authoritative advice. Our marine estate is the third largest in the world, covering 10 million square kilometres. This huge area is home to some of the most diverse and iconic ecosystems and species on the planet.

In the past 25 plus years AIMS focus has turned to monitoring and understanding the changes we see in these ecosystems, from Western Australia’s Scott Reef to Darwin’s coastal waters and the Great Barrier Reef. To achieve this successfully they must have the most up to date reliable equipment.

Building “Aquarius” a 6.80m Vindicator Centre Console under 2c survey was a pleasure and an honour. Working alongside their Boating & Dive Officer made it easy for us to deliver exactly what they needed in a vessel to do the job that was required. Keeping in contact with the Officers, updating them with photos during each step of the build was a great help to them in many ways.

Aquarius was commissioned on the 4th December 2014 and delivered to Townsville by Watsons’s Marine Gympie for their formalisation tour & test run.  We still check on Aquarius and talk to the same Boating & Dive Officer using the vessel today along with other skippers.

The vessel is well equipped with everything that is necessary for the 2c /2D Survey requirements along with the specialist equipment. The vessel is involved in keeping the reef healthy, resilient tropical marine ecosystems, including the coral reefs, testing on the quality of the water within and around the tropical marine ecosystems.

After the initial operating period, Vindicator Aquarius performed so well and exceeded AIMS Boat & Dive Officer to the point that major operations were removed from “Apollo” their 10M vessel and the jobs were reassigned to “Aquarius”.

Centre Console Vindicator Aquarius

The 680 Centre Console Vindicator Aquarius is a well-equipped vessel with the following:

  • Side Door & Removable Ladder for easy access for divers,
  • Front Raised Platform with storage under & a waterproof hatch
  • Rear Transom door & Heavy-duty Dive Ladder
  • 12v Electric Bilge Pump and Manual Bilge Pump.
  • Sump Pump under floor to flush out excess water bought onboard from the divers.
  • Checker Plate Flooring
  • Full length canopy gives protection for the on- board crew from the heat.
  • Centre Console with windscreen, shelves & door
  • Large Glove Box with waterproof Hatch
  • Seat Box with storage and flip back seat fitted to the Box & rear folding seats
  • Icom DSC VHF Radio, Single Battery, Battery Box, Isolator Switch & Aerial
  • GME -AIS & Aerial
  • Scuba tank bottle racks with holders
  • LED Lighting Nav Lights, Stern Light & Extended LED Light
  • QL Trim Tabs and Dash Switch.
  • Dive Flag Holder
  • Lowrance HDS7GPS/Plotter/Sounder/Side scan Transducer,
  • C821 Auto Pilot,
  • 3G mobile Aerial,
  • Hydraulic Steering
  • Sat-Phone
  • Life Raft with locking straps- mounted in front of console
  • Life Buoy & Light fitted to the vessel
  • Epirb Box with GME Epirb
  • Dual Battery system, Battery Boxes, Battery Shelf & Cover
  • Deck Wash Pump & Hose Assy
  • 12 Row Circuit Breaker Switch Panel & Compass
  • Fuel Tank, Cell Dual Breathers S/S Fuel/water filters built under survey rules
  • Davit Point on side if vessel for lifting Coral Samples.
  • Muir Anchor Winch, Rope Chain & Anchor
  • Off-Shore Survey Safety Equipment & Labelling for all switches.
  • Dual 115hp Four Stroke Yamaha Engines,
  • Dual Binnacle Controls, Tie Bar Kit & Lan Gauges
  • Engine Cowl Covers for protection
  • Spare Propellers
  • All Certificates needed for 2C Survey requirements.
Specifications

Type of vessel:

Centre Console Research Vessel

Classification:

2c Unrestricted & 2D

Designer:

Vindicator Quality Aluminium Boats – Gympie

Builder:

Watsons Marine Centre- Gympie

Construction material:

5083 Plate Aluminium

Length overall:

7.20 metres

Length survey/ measured:

6.8 metres

Beam:

2.50 metres

Draught:

.500 meter

Displacement:

1.800 tonnes Light Ship

Load Capacity

930kg

Main engines:

2 x 115hp Yamaha Four Stroke Engines

Propellers:

 

Max HP:

Fuel capacity:

Dual 16” Talon SDS Stainless Steel

 

Dual 130hp’s

1 x 250 Ltr

Range:

135 nm @ 22 knots with 10% Reserve

Survey 2C:

 

 

Survey 2D:

MSQ NSCV 2c Restricted 4 persons within 50nm from the QLD Coast within the GBR or Torres Straight Zone.

2D Partially smooth waters 5 Personal

Aluminium Trailer:

Vindicator Tandem Axle Trailer on 14” Wheels

Weight :

.620KG

Tyres & Wheels :

Alloy 185/14 Light Truck Tyres

  Trailer Rated:

3.200 KG

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