Tethered boats


Oceanscience tethered boats for the deployment of acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) from cableways, bridges, manned boats, or fixed structures are used by hydrographers and hydrologists across the world. The Riverboat is the undisputed platform of choice for ADCPs used in hydrologic monitoring, offering unmatched data quality and instrument stability. All Riverboats are designed to be nearly indestructible, ready for the challenges of environmental monitoring. Oceanscience Riverboats can be customized to deploy depth sounders and can be equipped with a range of radio communications and GPS positioning instruments.

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ADCPs offer detailed velocity and discharge data, however without a stable deployment platform, the data quality is compromised. Trimaran Riverboats for the Teledyne RDI Rio Grande, RiverRay, and StreamPro, SonTek RiverCat and RiverSurveyor S5 and M9 profilers are standard, with custom boats for other profilers also available. The new High-Speed Riverboat can be used with multiple profilers, and its innovative hull design further expands the applicability of ADCPs to hydrology in challenging flow conditions.

In order to improve ADCP discharge data in slow to moderate water velocities, we have developed the Cable Chimp II cableway ROV. This remote controlled cable crawler will steadily pull your Riverboat across a river transect for great data with maximum convenience.

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