written by Mark Clapsadl and Brian Haas
The GLC’s main research vessel, the John J. Freidhoff, is undergoing some major modifications to improve its working capacity. Using marine architects and fabricators from Workskiff Inc. and Willard Marine, we carried out a plan to optimize deck space, improve deck drainage, and enhance the handling of the boat. This project involved removing the twin engines from the back deck and mounting them to a newly fabricated, custom-designed engine bracket. By moving the engines back onto the new bracket, as well as making other structural changes to the boat, additional deck space was created. The additional space permits us to deploy and retrieve equipment in a safer and easier manner. These modifications also rebalance the vessel, making it less likely to take on water in rough conditions. The final work is being completed in April and we should have the John J. back at the Field Station and ready for work by the beginning of May.
Image caption: The R/V John J. Freidhoff undergoing modifications this spring. The back end has been completely remodeled. Photo credit: Willard Marine.
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