Jocara is a Fibreglass cutter-rigged sloop built at Orams' yard in Whangerei, New Zealand in 1974. She is 18m in length oveall (15.8m on deck) and of 25 tons displacement with a traditional long encapsulated keel, easily capable of handling open ocean voyages. She is a very-well equipped blue-water cruising vessel of proven stamina.
Jocara has a 6-cylinder 120 hp auxiliary engine with large (1100 litre) diesel tankage that allows her to motor for extensive periods in the absence of wind, allowing her to meet schedules whatever the weather and forego bunkering for periods up to several months.
Jocara has a watermaker, solar panel, radar, 3 x GPS navigation systems, chart-plotter, 2 x Autopilots, HF, VHF and UHF radios, 2 x Depthsounders, a forward-looking multibeam sonar that is capable of sidescan mode for finding wrecks, and much more.
To fit Jocara for this research quest, we have added a generator, dive compressor, bow camera, still and video imaging capabilities, wireless communications, an iMac desktop computer to generate QuickTime movies and WebPages and a PC laptop for email and other scientific equipment that enhances her contributions to the research groups we interact with.
more information on the equipment on board, see the
Computer and radio station, also passageway to the aft cabin.
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