The Vessel that Made History in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre

Serving as a platform for underfunded scientists and graduate students, the Alguita  enables them to access areas of the ocean that are prohibitively expensive to study on other vessels.

Take a Video Tour of the ORV Alguita with Captain Moore

To request Charter information           please contact              Stephanie Shao at, or  (562 598-4889)


50-foot, 25-ton aluminum hulled catamaran built in 1995 by Richardson Devine Marine Construction, Hobart, Tasmania  - Twin 75 hp Yanmar diesel engines - 16 KVA Mase Generator

Bunk spaces for 4 charter researchers

Alguita's  25-foot beam gives her the work area and stability of a much longer mono-hull.  Her A-Frame gantry, coupled with 600 meters of 8mm steel cable, can accommodate surface, mid water and bottom trawls, as well as benthic grabs and CTD rosettes. She is capable of deploying a wide array of marine-oriented scientific instruments. There is ample storage space for specialized research equipment, a small wet lab and a secure area for dive gear and tanks that  can be filled on board. Each hull has reverse transom with steps for ease of access to the water or to inflatables. The interior is thermostatically heated and air conditioned.  She can comfortably accommodate up to five researchers, together with Alguita’s two experienced crew, in individual bunks for long voyages.  Additional researchers can join for overnight or day cruises.  A 500-gallon per day desalination unit supplies high-quality hot and cold water to the fully equipped galley, as well to the sinks and large shower.