Research vessels make excellent liveaboard options for conversion to small cruise ships or lesser standard recreational dive vessels. Their sizes can range from under 30m in length up to over 100 m and usually have good commercial standard of accommodation to cater for civilian crews. The functions of hydrography, oceanography and fisheries assessments usually are the basis of their research. As they are to stay long periods at sea they tend to have very good seakeeping and usually have helicopter launch and recovery systems. Additional passenger style options for cruise or liveaboard applications can be found on our page http://www.dbbcruiseandferry.com/passenger-vessels/
Some better quality government retired vessels find further homes in research fields however they are usually picked up by other governments looking for more cost effective methods to meet research needs. Passenger numbers can range from a crew of 10 up to 60 depending on the extent of the scientific applications.
We have been developing design/build packages for passenger catamarans high speed ferries with proven options with one of the top designers and have combined them with a builder here in Australia to provide high quality, operationally efficient, competitive new build vessels. Current programs using this package are underway.
Analysis of performance requirement can add profitability when deciding what vessel is required to meet your market and operations.
A variety of useful techniques are employed in military and high end commercial platforms that can be readily adapted for commercial ferry fleets.