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What is the speed of the boat, on average?
Question submitted by Falmouth Academy
When we are not conducting any scientific activities we are averaging a speed of 3 to 5 knots (nautical miles per hour), or about 5 to 7 mph (miles per hour). The winds have not been favorable for us to go faster so far.
We "heave to", or orient the ship to the wind so that forward motion has stopped, in order to deploy the carousel, a piece of equipment containing water collection bottles (Niskin bottles), as well as instrumentation to measure temperature, salinity, depth and other water properties. We typically slow the ship to a speed of 2 knots in order to tow the plankton nets.