The marine science community has only recently begun to take note of the impact its research activities have on climate change and ocean health. In the words of the Baylisʼ designer Tom Wylie, “Why would you drive a Hummer through the rainforest in search of butterflies?” Why burn dozens of gallons of fuel per hour while generating tons of greenhouse gases when one could be sailing along in perfect silence and harmony with the very creatures that you wish to study? Fortunately for marine scientists, Tom anticipated this heightened awareness a decade ago when he began work on the Derek M Baylis.
Geoff Shester PhD, of Oceana chose the Baylis for his ROV project because his researchers could get onsite quickly and efficiently while enjoying an incredibly pleasant experience. A short video of his day’s work is shown in this short video.
NOAA recently recognized Tomʼs contribution to low impact research when they featured the Baylisʼ work on the San Andreas Fault mapping project conducted by Dr. Chris Goldfinger in September, 2010. Shown here is our sonar pole fitted with a Reson Seabat 8101 Multibeam Echosounder. One of the most compelling findings from this study was that the DMB was able to operate in more adverse sea conditions because her hull form creates less turbulence than typical survey vessels.
Dr. Barbara Block of Stanford Universityʼs TOPP project just completed her fifth consecutive charter of the Baylis in October 2010. When it became apparent that a purpose-built skiff for tagging white sharks off the Farallon Islands would improve the quality of her research, Tom returned to the drawing board. His business partner Dave Wahle produced the 18-foot skiff Stacy to fit the bill.
Does your project demand:
- a small footprint?
- an innovative approach to ocean research?
- substantial cost savings?
Download an information sheet on the Derek M Baylis: ResearchCharter.pdf
Contact us to schedule your project aboard the Derek M Baylis:
Wylie Design Group
PO Box 86
Canyon CA. 94516