R/V Gulf Challenger - Charter and Rate Information

The R/V Gulf Challenger is available for charter to private and public groups for research or educational purposes.  To schedule the R/V Gulf Challenger, please contact the Captain Bryan Soares at 603-781-0254 or bryan.soares@unh.edu.  Charter rates are as listed below. 

Vessel Calendar

Charter Rates - Effective July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Use Area

Full Day* Rate

Half Day* Rate

Hourly* Rate

Estuarine <10 Knots Speed $1,601  $800  $252
Inshore (<10 Miles From Port)  $1,931  $965  $315
Offshore (>10 Miles From Port)  $2,549  $1,274  $425
Transit (Between Portsmouth and Another Working Port)  $2,549  $1,274 $425

 * Definitions

Day:   > 5 hours and < or = 12 hours
Half Day:   Up to 5 hours
Hourly:   Applies to the hours > 5 and < 8 (> 8 to < 12 hours considered a full day)
Extended Day:   > 12 hours and up to 24 hours (150% of day rate)

A 50% user surcharge will apply to extended days and whenever extra or relief crew is required to be aboard

The Gulf Challenger is based at the UNH Marine Facility in New Castle, departures from Jackson Estuarine Laboratory may require up to 3 hours of additional time at the estuarine rate to reposition the vessel.

Other charges that may be applicable:

Loading Time:
  Requiring crew's presence, will be charged at the minimum hourly rate or counted as time underway.
CTD Rosette Water Sampler:
  $140 Per day + $36 per hour for UNH to provide a technician to set up and operate the equipment underway.
Late Cancellations:
  A late cancellation fee of 25% of the daily rate will be assessed to a user who cancels a cruise less than 48 hours ahead, unless the cancellation is approved by the captain for weather or safety conditions. If a cancellation occurs in another port, the user will be billed for port expenses and crew per diem.
Other Charges:
  When away from home port, user must pay for mooring fees, electricity, etc.