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F/V Bonnie Marietta Specifications

The Bonnie Marietta is a 38-foot fully equipped fishing and research support vessel, and can be outfitted or altered to meet specific job requirements. She is a single-screw, diesel powered vessel, with molded fiberglass construction, and a fully enclosed wheelhouse. It has an open fly bridge with dual engine control (third throttle control located at stern), a fully enclosed galley, head, engine room, and storage with four berths in the foc’sle.

HULL: Built by Channel Island Boat Works, 1981. (Major retrofit, 2002) 

DESIGNER: Herb David 

LENGTH: 38’0”

BEAM: 13’6” 

DEPTH: 4’6” 



HOLD CAPACITY: 500 cubic feet, convertible to work space


Other Details


Molded fiberglass hull, deck, and house; skin 1” to more than 2”; molded stringers and stiffeners; four watertight bulkheads, including a collision bulkhead




Main engine: Cummins 6BT5.9M turbo charged, 210 H.P.; 2.5-1 Twin Disc 506-1 reverse gear, keel cooled with a Fernstrum B857B, dry exhaust; natural air flow with ducts to engine room; copper and neoprene flex fuel lines to engine; complete set engine alarms; gauges for oil, water, transmission, volts, and pyrometer. Dual Lubrafiner fuel filter system with dual electric fuel pumps. Jabsco oil changing system, and 30 gallon hydraulic oil tank with Vickers hydraulic electric pump.




Two banks of two each, 8D marine heavy duty wet batteries with parallel series vapor proof switch; plastic covered marine grade wiring, all circuits equipped with individual circuit breakers, panel located in the pilot house; 110 amp marine alternator; 1000 watt Tripp-Lite inverter; 10.5 KW Newage generator powered by 4 cylinder Kubota diesel, supplying 110 and 220 single phase AC power with shore power disconnect, keel cooled with Fernstrum B439B-E, dry exhaust; complete set engine alarms and shutdown; gauges for oil, water, volts; one series 24 marine battery with separate parallel series vapor proof switch and electrical fuel pump; 3000 watts of 110 volt halogen deck lights; 200 watts of 12 volt halogen deck lights; 1000 watt high pressure sodium night vision forward facing flood.




Fuel: Two each, 3/16 steel, vented to atmosphere, located in stern, 660 gallon capacity, fillers capped below inspection plates flush to weather deck, shut-offs at engine room manifold. Water: Aluminum, vented to atmosphere, located in lazaret, 150 gallon capacity, filler plate flush to weather deck, shut-off at bottom of tank.


Electronics and Navigating Equipment


Ritchie compass; Furuno DGPS 37; Furuno GPS 30 with FBX2 differential beacon receiver; Standard Horizon 1000 video plotter with auto pilot interphase; Sitex Koden T-180 radar; Sitex Koden T-185 radar; ComNav 1101 autopilot, with steering stabilizer and ComNav 101 remote; JRC 200 VHF; Standard Horizon VHF; Icom M422 VHF; Uniden Atlantis handheld VHF; Icom M700 single side band; Furuno FVC 585 fathometer; Faria Vterm VMS; Simard AIS; Alert II man overboard shutdown, Alden Faxmate weather-fax; cellular phone with 5 watt amplifier and external antenna; Audiovox 15" flat panel HD/TV/DVD; Jensen AM/FM SIRUS radio with deck speakers.


Rigging and Anchor


Furford No. 6, with 125' 1/2" stainless steel chain and 300' 5/8" double braid mounted on custom hydraulic 16"x18" stainless steel anchor winch; spare 30# Danforth, with 20’ ½” chain, and 250’ 5/8” Sampson braid; 8” aluminum mast with 1000 pound capacity boom and hydraulic winch; 35’ aluminum poles with stabilizers; bow mounted hydraulic line puller; midship mounted hydraulic drum puller; 5’x7’ hydraulic trawl winch/net spool, fair lead, and wheel guard; two 3-spool hydraulic line pullers, boom mounted Hydroslave 14" hydraulic line puller.




One each, 1 1/2" Pacer hydraulic, and 110 volt Pacer bilge/washdown; three Rule automatic bilge pumps; manual Gusher emergency bilge pump; electric Rule washdown; Shurflo on demand washdown, two manually operated Rule bilge pumps.


Fire and Safety Equipment


Four five pound Haltron extinguishers; one 2½ pound A.B.C. dry chemical extinguisher; one Fireboy FE 241 auto fire extinguisher in engine room; one automatic Halon at fuse panel; four-station fire alarm system; engine room smoke detector; bunk room smoke detector; three-station high water alarm system; Safe-T-Alert bilge, fire, and fume alarm; berthing area carbon monoxide detector; two automatic 406 satellite EPIRB's; complete offshore flares and smoke; 4-man self inflating life raft; six life vests; seven adult immersion suits; one child immersion suit; life ring with 60’ line and ACR automatic strobe.


Running Gear


Propeller: 28” x 20” four blade bronze “Michigan Workhorse” 

Shafting: 2” stainless steel Aquamet 

Rudder and shoe: Stainless Steel 

Bearings: Neoprene, water lubricated


Miscellaneous Equipment


Stove, microwave, refrigerator, galley sink, enclosed head with shower and sink, chart table, air horns, ship’s bell, windshield wiper, Shurflo fresh water pressure system, 20 gallon hot water heater, 110 volt shore power, toaster oven.


Additional Research Equipment


Modified A-frame, scuba tank holders for 20 tanks, side mounted swim ladder, stern mounted swim platform with T-ladder, quick mount for transducers, multi-beam, transponders.


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