Survey & Research vessels require highly customized platforms with the space for specialized instruments, equipment and tools necessary to perform the needed tasks. Whether you’re performing hydrographic surveys, testing for contaminants or collecting samples, you can be assured that you are operating a vessel with over four decades of proven performance and customer satisfaction.
The Munson name has been recognized for world class survey and research vessels, including dozens of boats for the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Environmental Protection Agency, universities, and private research organizations. It is our firm belief that a research vessel that is practical, stable and seaworthy will make our clients’ job easier. Regardless of how many features you need, our team will work skillfully to design and fabricate a professional research boat. We offer numerous features and options to assist scientists and engineers in designing the perfect boat for your demanding jobs.
Model: 24-20 Research
Montgomery, AL: The Alabama Water Science Center conducts hydrologic projects that address a wide variety of water-resources issues, including water supply, ground-water contamination, and the effects of land use on water quality. The Alabama USGS Munson is outfitted with Kohler 5EKD generator, roof mounted air conditioner, lifting davit, and a Garmin 4210 navigation system with GPS, Radar, and sonar capability.
Model: 24-44 Research
Corvallis, OR: The USGS Corvallis Research Group conducts water science research to support the needs of federal, state, and tribal partners. Their 24’ Munson research boat is outfitted with a large console T-top with canvas enclosure, seating for 4 persons, flip-up work table, lifting davit, side boarding door, 12V washdown pump, Lowrance 9” plotter/sounder with triple shot transducer, 9.9 hp kicker motor and EZ Loader trailer.
Model: 25-13 Survey
New York, NY: The US Army Corps of Engineers New York District is responsible for the water resource development, navigable waterways and environmental remediation projects for 400 miles of coastline, 8 major river basins, Port of New York and Long Island. Their 25’ Munson is outfitted with a 600 lb capacity hydraulic A-frame and 8000 watt 480V 3-phase generator for powering a P-3 underwater vibracorer for collecting core samples of underwater sediments.
Model: 26-22 Research
Galveston, TX: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District fondly known as the "Custodians of the Coast". They operate their Munson on missions including flood risk mitigation, ecosystem restoration and military construction. It is also capable of launching and retrieving an ATV during shoreline protection and regulatory missions. Special features include wheelhouse window tint, roll down shades, a Kohler 5kW generator and a collapsible RAM mast.
Model: 26-23 Survey
Olathe, KS: Garmin International operates trailerable hydrographic survey vessels. Each boat features a foredeck moon pool with a derrick designed for deploying the latest high power survey transducer. A Kohler 5EKD 5kW gasoline generator provides power for survey equipment and cabin air conditioning. A Garmin 7212 plotter/radar/sounder navigation suite includes an autopilot system.
Model: 26-39 Research
Lake Roosevelt, WA: Created in 1941 by the Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Roosevelt stretches 150 miles and is Washington’s largest lake. The Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Program (LRFEP) monitors fish populations, limnology, and water quality. Their 26’ Munson is outfitted with a hydraulic gill net roller, hydraulic davit, side dive door, tow post and engine guard. The outboard motors are installed on hydraulic jack plates to facilitate shallow water operations.
Model: 28-20 Research
Lacey, WA: The Washington State Department of Ecology use this boat is use as a shallow-water hydrographic survey and research vessel in Puget Sound, the Columbia River, and outer Washington coast. The wheelhouse features a workstation with room for computers and survey equipment. An enclosed head can accessed from the main deck. Survey transducers can be deployed via the moon pool on the aft deck.
Model: 28-67 Research
Port Isabel, TX: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley operates this 28’ Munson R/V Vaquero in their School of Marine Science. An 8’6” beam makes her easily trailerable and 16” draft allow her to navigate shallow coastal estuaries. The cabin includes a work station with CPU rack, head compartment and air conditioning. Other outfitting includes fresh & raw water wash down systems, lifting davit, side dive door, dive ladder, and jack plates for shallow water operations.
Model: 30-4 Research
Bay City, MI: The discharge of pollution into Detroit's Lower Rouge River is now controlled by Michigan's wastewater permitting program. Contamination, however, may still be in the river's sediment. The EPA Research Vessel Mudpuppy II is a shallow draft vessel specifically designed for studies to determine the nature and extent of contaminated sediment in the Great Lakes basin. Features include an Onan 17 kW genset, removable sampling tables, and a Maxilift 1,100lb crane.
Model: 30-5 Survey
Louisville, KY: The Louisville District Army Corps of Engineers performs hydrographic surveys in the Ohio River to monitor water quality. A multi-beam sonar head is lowered through a moon pool in the aft deck during surveys. The wheelhouse contains an expansive computer work station used during data collection. Twin Honda 6500W generators provide AC power to the survey equipment and roof mounted air conditioners.
Model: 30-38 Research
Salt Lake City, UT: The State of Utah Division of Natural Resources operates this 30’ Munson as a fisheries research trawler for conducting biological assessments. The 1-ton hydraulic A-frame and two 1000 lb. hydraulic deck winches are used for net retrieval as well as towing a hydro-acoustic tow fin. Additional outfitting includes a 3” pipe davit, large swim step, heated cabin with hydro-acoustic workstation, 2000 watt inverter, Garmin 6212 radar/plotter/sounder, autopilot, and triple axle gooseneck trailer.
Model: 32-14 Research
Seattle, WA: Research Support Services, Inc. provides technical expertise, boat support and research diving services to environmental consultants and engineering firms. The R/V Carolyn Dow is outfitted for the full range of near-shore sampling, surveying and diving operations. The a-frame travels the full length of the forward deck and can be folded for highway transport. A moon hole through the deck allows loads close to 2 tons with the a-frame oriented vertically.
Model: 32-41 Research
Sanibel Island, FL: SCCF (The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) is dedicated to conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva in the surrounding watershed. This Munson 32’ catamaran provides exceptional stability for their water quality research and sea turtle rescue. The boat is outfitted with a Maxilift M110 knuckle boom crane, side dive door with removable ladder, Roll Control tank rack for 8 bottles, stern A-frame for towing research trawl nets, engine guard, jack plates, 2 tow bits and a walk-around wheelhouse with seating for 6.
Model: 32-43 Research
Boulder City, NV: The Las Vegas Valley Water District delivers tested and treated water to more than 1.5 million people. The 32’ M/V Aqua Defender is used to research and maintain water quality management in Lake Mead. Outfitting includes a 1000 lb. lifting davit, hinging work table on the bow deck, canvas bimini top, side dive door and 12V bow thruster. The cabin includes two roof top air conditioners, work station with sink, refrigerator and head compartment. Twin Yamaha 300’s are installed on hydraulic jack plates for shallow water operations.
Model: 34-1 Research
Greenville, NC: East Carolina University Marine and Coastal Science Program educates students on coastal and marine resources unique to North Carolina. The R/V Stanley Riggs features a one-ton A-frame located equipped with hydraulic positioning cylinders and a PL2 Pull Master Winch. A hydraulic winch mounted on the aft deck is capable of deploying and retrieving scientific equipment. Other features include an enclosed head compartment, Onan generator and a fly bridge control station.
Model: 36-1 Research
Ashland, OR: Sky Research (SKY) is leading the operational implementation of advanced marine technology for geophysical investigations related to remediation of munitions and explosives. The R/V SKY MRV was designed to locate and dispose of unexploded ammunitions using a variety of detection methods with the help of an A-Frame hoist and multi-beam side scan sonar. Interior features include a CPU rack, computer work stations and an enclosed head compartment.
Model: 36-4 Research
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University uses their 36’ Munson research boat as a mobile lab for the Department of Marine and Coastal Services at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. This vessel was delivered with a US Coast Guard COI and is rated for 20 passengers and 2 crew members. Outfitting includes a Universal Sonar Mount (USM) for use with their Rio Grande Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, fore and aft davits, side boarding door, 5kw generator, and a Garmin 1040xs radar/plotter/sounder. The large cabin is equipped with A/C, forced air heat, a head compartment, and multiple work stations.
Model: 38-18 Research
Yellowstone Lake, WY: Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration uses their 38’ Munson to explore the depths of Yellowstone Lake, a large volcanic crater. The lake bottom contains hydrothermal vents with microbes and geology that are similar to what is found in the deep ocean. The 2-ton deck crane is used to deploy an underwater robot with sampling and filming capabilities for studying this extremely unique environment. The cabin is outfitted with a large workstation, head, air conditioning, and CPU rack. Twin Hamilton Jets with Blue Arrow controls and JET Anchor provides station keeping to set a single GPS point mooring for hands free operations while conducting deep water research.
Model: 38-25 Research
Port Isabel, TX: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley selected this 38’ Munson for their School of Marine Science. A Maxilift telescoping crane and multiple lifting davits are used to deploy and retrieve research equipment 100+ miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Other outfitting includes a side dive door with ladder, USM (Universal Sonar Mount), Onan 17kw diesel generator with hydraulic PTO, hydraulic deck winch and fresh water washdown system. The cabin includes air conditioning, head compartment, refrigerator and four person settee. Electronics include a Garmin 7612 radar/plotter/sounder with AIS and Mercury joystick piloting system with digital anchor.
Model: 40-7 Research
Arlington, VA: Leidos maritime tests and develops their advanced maritime data collection systems using a Munson Research model. The expansive wheelhouse offers an enclosed head compartment and workstations for four technicians. AC power for the 60,000 BTU air conditioning systems is provided by a Cummins Onan 19 kW genset. A hydraulic sonar derrick and a sealed bow deck moon hole allow experimental sonar systems to be tested. The wave breaker encapsulates the sonar head while stowed.