Yachts for Science

In Partnership:

Yachts for Science is a partnership between Nekton and Boat International to match marine scientists with private vessels to undertake field research.

Yachts for Science matches marine scientists with private yachts to undertake field research.

Often one of the greatest challenges for marine scientists is access to the sea to undertake their research. Private yachts, above 24 metres, often have spare berths or downtime between private use or charter that could be deployed to support marine scientists. In addition, increasingly owners and charterers enjoy including scientists on their trips.

The Process:

The Science:

Nekton engages with the scientific community to identify and select marine research projects that require access to a vessel. Criteria for project selection are detailed below.

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The Yachts:

Boat International are engaging the yacht community to identify available and suitable vessels of opportunity available for scientists.

Download form to submit details of yacht.

Selection & Implementation

1. Submitted scientific projects are reviewed at specific times throughout the year and if suitable are short-listed.

2. The projects are then either matched with available yachts or held on record and matched with vessels if/when they become available.

3. Nekton connects the lead scientist with the yacht team directly to implement the project. Once a favourable match is made, both parties (representative for the boat and lead scientist) must sign a disclaimer before taking the mission further (Disclaimer details attached in the download forms above).

4. Project is undertaken under specific project guidelines – including sharing content and imagery for promotion during and after the project by Nekton and Boat International.

Submission Dates 2019

8th July 2019

9th September 2019

11th November 2019

Project Considerations

1. 95% of yachts operate in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Projects are more likely to be matched if it they are in these locations – but all parts of the world’s ocean (not rivers) will be considered.

2. The average length of project if it involves scientists on board should be two weeks.

3. If a scientist needs access to a yacht in order to fit a bit of equipment or technology that could aid research (i.e. no physical presence required), the timeframe could be much longer.

4. Very few yachts have the capability to support complex marine research operations, so consideration should be given to the suitability of the project to the yacht environment.

5. Most yachts will be able to provide SCUBA small boats and the ability to deploy small equipment.

6. Projects that deliver tangible and positive impact to improve the health of the ocean will be considered favourably.

7. Selected projects will be provided with access to use the vessel and on board equipment to undertake their work with all board and lodging etc. provided for free.

8. Projects will need to secure their own permits for research.

9. Projects must be self-funded to complete the stated objective. Projects with funding already secured will be prioritised but projects without funding will also be considered to enable projects to use the ship time as matched funding for grants. No funding will be made available to support the project – including travel to/from the vessel.

10. Project leaders must be at least in a PhD programme or have a PhD and have previously had time undertaking a scientific expedition at sea.

11. All data generated should be shared open access on completion of scientific publications.

12. In any related academic publications, the ship time should be acknowledged with specific description provided by Nekton.