Construction for the Good Hope 56 for ORCA Research Ltd of Lissivigeen, Ireland is beginning at KM Yachtbuilders.
Highly customized for long duration research voyages, ORCA features an A-frame and winch for CTD sensors and ROV’s as well as a work area and diver recovery platform aft.
Cabins are versatile and can be custom configured for the particular equipment that a given team would need to accomplish its mission.
Auxiliary electric propulsion (and, of course, sails) allow for periods of silent running. The lifting keel gives access close to shore.