Member News June 28, 2017

Boksa Marine Design
The R/V W.T. Hogarth — designed and engineered by Boksa Marine Design — was christened and launched on May 23. The 78’ coastal class research vessel is the newest addition to the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) fleet and will help continue the efforts of scientific education and discovery by FIO and its member institutions.

“It was an exciting day,” said Boksa Marine Design President, Nick Boksa. “She got her feet wet for the first time and floated perfectly on her lines.”

The christening and launch ceremony took place at Duckworth Steel Boats in Tarpon Springs, FL. The $6 million vessel was a necessary upgrade for student scientists, replacing the nearly 50-year-old R/V Bellows, which had served as a floating laboratory for 35 years.

R/V W.T. Hogarth was designed and built to meet the known and anticipated requirements of varied research missions in the years to come. At 78’ in length and 26’ at the beam, the new ship will be both longer and wider than its predecessor. It will offer more working space, including separated wet and dry labs, a larger work deck, separate galley and more comfortable arrangements for berthing.
Anticipated missions for the new vessel will include a variety of over-the-side operations including study of marine life, effects of pollution, water sampling, bioacoustics, sediment coring, fisheries research, and more.

Boat Owners Warehouse
A fixture of the South Florida marine community since 1979, BOW is excited to announce their fourth and newest location at 1830 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, Florida. This location will join the other three stores located in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Riviera Beach. This 7200-square foot store in the heart of Stuart will serve all Martin County boaters and as far north as Vero Beach.

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