SY Independence

Many Marine Biologists out there are driven by a passion for the Ocean, dedication and Inspiration we want to try a new approach of Research at Sea. While Research Ships are hard to get a hold of and expensive to run we offer a platform on a budget!

The idea is simple: The big problem for most projects is funding. With the simple idea of making the Oceans a healthier place and research affordable (and possibly even sustain ones living while doing it), we run our constant Patreon Page via which everyone can support us. Those donations should keep the boat going (at some stage) and the crew fed.
This way we can offer spots for researchers on a shoestring budget or even free – depending on your funding situation – we are obviously happy to help you set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a project as well – just send us a proposal and get in touch to have a chat about it.

For everyone else who wants to get involved on board and possibly support the scientists with the projects the rule is simple: Everyone is welcome to join if you are supporting the cause (this can be as little as 1 Euro per month or as much as you want), we have spots available – Scientists have priority – and you are willing to lend a hand on board – this is not supposed to be a pleasure cruise, even though we do like to enjoy when it is possible!

The Boat itself is a Bruce Roberts Mauritius 43. She is a ketch-rigged Sailboat, solid built from steel in the UK and now sailing under Austrian flag. With 16 tons she’s not exactly a lightweight but makes for comfortable motion and the ability to get work done aboard. She sleeps 6 in comfort in 3 separate cabins and has all the necessary navigational equipment on board for Ocean Crossings – But the primary base for the first years is planned to be the Mediterranean.

For Research Work onboard, we already have snorkelling gear, an Open ROV, HD Video Equipment as well as Editing suite, Drone for Aerial shots and reef surveys, 2 binoculars and 2 Microscopes and a lot of other bits and pieces on board.
Other equipment that is needed would have to be either sourced or borrowed from the University – if gear needs to be bought please get in contact with us and we can make a plan for funding.

sailboat photo from top
SY Independence

SY Independence

Our Bruce Roberts Mauritius 43, currently sailing the Mediterranean Sea.


Double Beds 3
Double (Saloon Table) 1
Showers inside 1
Toilets 2


Steering Wheel 1
Full Set of Charts YES
Gas Stove Top YES


Outboard Engine Electric 1KW
Swimming ladder YES
Bimini YES
Cockpit shower YES
Cockpit Speakers YES
Cockpit Table YES
Dinghy YES
Electric Anchor Windlass YES
Gangway Plank YES
Self-tailing Winches YES
Sprayhood YES


Beam 4.3m
Draft 2.34m
Engine Perkins 4.6l
Fuel Tank 200l
LOA 13.4m
Freshwater Tank 500l
Blackwater Tank 150l


Roller furling Genoa 2
Hank on Staysail
Mainsail 2
Mizzen Sail


Licensed 7
Maximum (with crew) 9
Recommended 6


12V Socket YES
24V Sockets
220V Socket YES
Battery Charger YES
Shore Power 220V YES
Inverter YES
USB Sockets YES


CD Player NO
Hot Water YES
Radio YES


Electric fridge 24V YES
Fully equipped YES


GPS Plotter Ray Marine
List of Lights YES
Navigation Aids YES
Speed Log YES
Wind Instrument YES
Mediterranean Sea Pilot YES
AutoPilot YES
Depth Sounder YES

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