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Wanna buy a boat? The Clifford A. Barnes is up for auction with 12 days remaining.

65.5' Oceanographic Vessel: Clifford A. Barnes
This vessel is located at the UW Marine Sciences Building dock on our Seattle campus.

The Clifford A. Barnes has been a “local” class oceanographic research vessel built originally as a U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaking harbor tugboat. The vessel was transferred to the National Science Foundation in 1982 before its conversion to marine science research and assignment to the University of Washington. Full ownership for R/V Barnes was transferred to the UW in late 2018.

R/V Clifford A. Barnes was built in 1966 at Western Boat in Tacoma, Washington, as USCGC Bitt WYTL 65613. The Barnes and her sisters were a class of fifteen (15) ice-breaking small harbor tugs designed for Ice Ops, Search/Rescue and Pollution Response. As the BITT, she operated from Puget Sound to Alaska and was decommissioned in 1982 and surplussed to the National Science Foundation.

$30K is a screaming deal - this boat is built like a tank, very heavy and rock solid. Cruises at about eight knots with a range of about 1K miles. Perfect for cruising the inside passage in comfort and style. I have never sailed on her but have toured her a couple times while I was working for the marine engineering company (my last Seattle job). She needs some paint and a good bit of TLC but eminently seaworthy. I could see myself spending many a pleasant afternoon behind this desk:

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