thx for all the hints - I did not expect to receive back that much information within such a short amount of time. Great!
Maybe I should provide some more color on my issue to avoid misunderstandings. My user name should not be confused with the organization but I also have a big heart for the sea since many decades.
In terms of the vessel we are looking for, it should have a flat floor where I can work on and space for equipment. Scuba
is not an issue - we mainly work with some kind of fishing
equipment to take samples and record
data. The idea to buy came from the problem we encountered during the last 12 months to reliably charter a sufficient boat. Most of them came with crew only which implicated personal agenda and extra cost - some was promised but never provided.
Since we are certified for operating such a vessel we feel like we could reduce frictions significantly by buying
a sufficient boat. Most of our work takes place in calm areas such as bays or lagoons. Longer distances we don't need to drive - the boat will be launched in or close to the area under investigation.
The hint with the University is a good one - I will give it a try. A contact name would be helpful if someone knows anybody there; but I'm sure I can figure that out myself.
Puerto Rico should hold some potential sellers as well? Fajardo is a busy area for marine issues - but same here; nothing on the internet.