We are currently doing research
on dolphin and whale vocalisations in False bay, South Africa
. As such, we deploy sensors in the sea, which we leave to float around, and then collect 1 to 3 hours later. (We have proper ethical clearance and research
permits, where we minimise risk to the whales and dolphins
, especially limiting the possibility of entanglement ) We also deploy "dipping hydrophones", where we suspend a hydrophone 9 meters below/behind the sailing vessel.
We currently have a Beneteau
26, which works great. What I love about sailing boats with our current
set-up, is that we can do our recordings under sail, without any engine noise
However, we have some work
coming up where we want to overnight, as well as do recordings a bit further from land (40 - 50 NM offshore).
Would you recommend something like this:
What would the major negatives of such a boat
As the intended application is research and not racing
, we are looking for a safe, sea-worthy boat
, that can be easily sailed short-handed with novice
crew. (I normally skipper
the boat, with some basic sailing experience, which I constantly try and improve ...).
I see that it has an Aluminium hull
, I am not sure what they used for the keel
, and whether it is properly galvanic isolated??
Any information and suggestions will be greatly appreciated,