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R/V Connecticut - University of Connecticut at Avery Point

Roger Long was the principal designer for the concept and preliminary design phases of the R/V CONNECTICUT as part of a joint project between Roger Long and Elliot Bay Design Group.

The R/V CONNECTICUT is a 76′ steel, single-screw, research vessel that was designed and built for the University of Connecticut and is outfitted for year-round coastal service. The vessel can accommodate up to 30 people for day trips and up to 12 people for overnight and extended science missions of 7-10 days duration. The vessel is equipped with a dynamic positioning system connected to bow and stern thrusters. The design favors stability and precise low-speed handling and positioning. Vessel features include wet and dry laboratory spaces and a mid-ship mounted, 20″ diameter instrument wet well which allows transducers or sampling gear to be installed through a main deck access hatch with conduit connection to the dry laboratory and reconfigurable transducer/equipment mounts. Science vans up to 20′ in length can be placed on the large work deck and a full suite of deck machinery is available to perform a wide variety of oceanographic tasks.

“As a research technician and user of the R/V CONNECTICUT, perhaps the greatest attributes for me, are her versatility and the stability of the ship as a working platform. I’ve participated in the deployment and recovery of large buoy systems used for long term environmental monitoring of atmospheric and oceanographic measurements, as part of the technical crew working on ten-day ROV operations, and as a SCUBA diver recovering and deploying oceanographic instrumentation. With a large deck space the R/V CONNECTICUT can accommodate a variety of equipment, for diverse purposes.  She has performed flawlessly on every cruise I’ve attended.” ~ Chris Copper, Marine Scientist, University of CT Dept. Marine Sciences


  • Length: 76′-6”
  • Beam: 26′
  • Draft: 8′-5″
  • Main Propulsion: Caterpillar D3412 DITA 825 BHP C-Rating
  • HP: 825
  • Speed: 10 knots full speed, 9.5 cruising, and 1.0 knot minimum
  • Hull: Steel