what we do

Zephyr is ready to work, based in the Pacific Northwest with many expeditions under her waterline, from San Diego, CA, to Dutch Harbor, AK, including the Columbia River. Zephyr's crew have extensive experience working with science teams and construction professionals. If you are looking for a versatile and capable small ship, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Currently based in the Hood Canal with recreational passenger charters in the Salish Sea, we can re-position as needed to just about anywhere.  We are skilled in acoustic mooring deployment and retrieval, sea glider deployment and retrieval, marine construction, fish-tagging charters and safety escort as well as UAS drone operations and more.

Our NAICS codes are 487210, 488330, 483114 and 483212.  We are listed in SAM.gov under Outbound Marine.  DUNS# 020218211

A photo is worth a thousand words; a video is worth a million. This video highlights Zephyr's capabilities. Below the photo gallery, you'll find more videos featuring work in more depth.

acoustic moorings

In May 2018 with NOAA fisheries, we worked with NOAA Fisheries to deploy acoustic moorings near Winchester Bay, OR, for counting tagged endangered green sturgeon. We recovered the moorings three weeks later. Also as part of this contract, we recovered a joint NOAA/OSU Teledyne Slocum sea glider.  In September, the moorings and the sea glider were deployed and recovered successfully again.

sea Glider Retrieval

Zephyr retrieved a joint NOAA/OSU Teledyne Slocum Sea Glider in May and again in September 2018.   In October, we headed out for an emergency mission for Oregon State University to recover a sea glider that had a battery failure 250 miles off of Trinidad Head, CA.  It was a 600 mile transit with 24 hours notice and successful recovery in fog at midnight.  Not seen in the video is our new A-frame, installed in winter 2019.

data acquisition


In April 2017, Zephyr mobilized from Port Angeles, WA, to San Diego, CA, for a 30 day research charter for DARPA working on the POSYDON undersea acoustic positioning research project. Operating as far as 500 miles offshore during this support project, Zephyr and crew were instrumental in accomplishing 100% of the project's necessary data acquisition for moving forward into Phase II of the development.  We provided four crew and hosted six scientists. Necessary equipment was welded to the deck, including winches for a mile of acoustic cable and a USBL pole mount, and a computer lab was set up in the salon.

marine construction

In June 2018, the Zephyr Team was hired to provide construction support for a US Army Corps of Engineers job in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. We transported 3,500 lbs of supplies and equipment across the Gulf of Alaska on a 1,655 NM voyage to the Carl E. Moses facility and assisted in the repair of the 1,000 foot breakwater. Zephyr provided accommodations and meals for the construction crew, as well as a skiff and crane use during the construction project.

fish tagging charters

In August 2018, Zephyr hosted a NOAA fisheries team capturing and tagging juvenile salmon along the coast of Washington. More dates are scheduled for 2019. 

safety escort

In December 2016, Zephyr completed a 31 day charter for the US Navy Comsubpac.  Zephyr served as a safety and range clearance vessel for the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Connecticut, which was performing sea trials after a lengthy service interval. Zephyr's duties included maintaining a round the clock watch for any vessels in the area via RADAR, AIS and visual means, and communicating by VHF radio to warn them away from the established security zone. Our team maintained underwater communications with the sub, exchanging positions, providing positions of the surface vessels in the area to the sub, and maintaining a continuous record of the sub's position for emergency use.

June 2017, Zephyr was again chosen to provide escort and safety services for the US Navy during sea trials for the 560' nuclear-powered missile submarine, USS Nebraska. Similar to the escort for the USS Connecticut, Zephyr and crew provided bunks and board for two naval officers and a tech rep, while keeping the sea surface clear of vessel traffic and maintaining position and communications with the submarine on a 24 hour per day watch.


other missions

Radio Relay and Safety Vessel

In June 2016, Zephyr was volunteered as a communications relay and safety vessel for a segment of the Race to Alaska, also known as R2AK, a 750 mile human and wind powered race from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. We provided VHF radio links from Port Townsend, WA, to Victoria, BC, while positioned in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and stood by for emergency operations, if needed, with our 21' RIB. 


In June 2018, we provided volunteer support to the NW Maritime Center events Seventy-48 and R2AK, acting as radio relay and medical and chase vessel support base.

In July and August 2018, we traveled from Dutch Harbor, AK to Kodiak, Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, Ketchikan, and down the Inside Passage back to the Puget Sound.  Guests joined us for portions of this journey.

In September 2016, 2017, and 2018, the Zephyr crew volunteered as Harbor Masters for the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival using our two skiffs as tugboats, maneuvering the larger boats in the show into their berths.

From 2016 to present, we also have conducted many private recreational passenger charters


our clients


Riptide AS

Maris Inc

Draper Laboratories


Oregon State University

NOAA Fisheries

US Army Corps of Engineers