125’ Lake Washington Shipyard 1936
Originally built as a military survey vessel by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1936, Sacajawea was designed to withstand extreme conditions in the Bering Sea. Her hull is constructed of high-iron riveted steel which resists corrosion much more effectively than newer and often less pure steel. Powered by a Caterpillar D398, the Army Corp of Engineers designed the hull curvatures to integrate with the propeller curvature. This results in maximum efficiency underway with fuel consumption of only 12 – 15 GPH depending upon operation, with a range in excess of 5,000 nautical miles and a helipad for auxiliary flight capabilities. Sacajawea is a rare and intact representation of her vessel class with national levels of recognition. Her long-serving contributions include the navigation and charting of the Columbia River, engagement during WWII in the Aleutian Islands, and many contributions to scientific discoveries by the USGS.
Sacajawea is now a 12 pack uninspected charter vessel and is immediately ready to book charter business as a follow-on from last summer’s (2021) successful charter season in Alaska. The vessel will soon become eligible for a full repower grant funding up to 100%. This is a result of Sacajawea being recommended by the State Historical Resources Commission (4/29/2022) for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Granting of historic status provides benefits for preservation consideration, and exemptions when in use commercially. The historic status is critical for obtaining grants such as the Carl Moyer Program from the California Air Quality Management department. This grant is for engine and related equipment repowering and can yield up to 80% of the replacement costs. The additional repower costs of 20% can be provided by DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act), a federal program which is able to be matched