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Boat - The Alchemy

The Alchemy The Alchemy
Alchemy has circumnavigated the globe three times and has been well maintained throughout her life. She is a large, stable, safe, and comfortable platform for surveying the world’s coral reef ecosystems. She is a two-deck ship with a raised bridge and a full steel hull with 10 mm plate on the keel and 8 mm on the hull.


Length: 132 feet 11 inches (40 meters [m])
Beam: 24 feet (7.3 m)
Draft: 8 feet (2.4 m)
Displacement: 236 GT / 70 Net
Hull: Steel, full displacement

Builder: Feadship

  • Constructed in 1971
  • Sleeps 8 crew and 8 guests


  • 24 feet (7.3 m) Zodiac Hurricane
  • 18 feet (5.5 m) Nouvarania
  • 3 man jet-ski

• VSAT wifi internet


  • Walk-in lazerette
  • Nitrox dive center
  • Wet lab/sample prep
  • Office/dry lab
  • Covered cockpit and work area

Chemistry Measurement:

  • Conductivity sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Dissolved oxygen sensor
  • pCO2 sensor
  • Atmospheric CO2 sensor
  • Chlorophyll a, turbidity and CDOM sensor
  • Calibrated standards for quality-control

Alchemy Equipment

Alchemy is currently being equipped with the latest technology to facilitate the collection of quality-controlled data, including:
• A hull-mounted, multi-beam, sonar for gross-scale reef mapping
• A RIB-mounted, GPS-linked, sonar system for fine-scale reef mapping
• Automated water sampling equipment to assess water chemistry (temperature, salinity, pH, dO2, pCO2, chlorophyll a and turbidity)
• Large scale filtration and tangential flow filtration system to concentrate and size-select different fractions of the plankton community for storage and subsequent analysis
• A fully equipped dive centre to support in-water assessments of diversity and species counts
• Satellite communications system including broadband internet access
• A team of divers and onboard research assistant(s) to support data collection efforts

Alchemy History

Alchemy has forty years of history and was last named the Queen of Diamonds. She was originally constructed as a 120-foot (36.5 meters) Feadship, christened the Intent by the Van Lent shipyards. She has had many names:
• Intent
• Gillian
• Spellbound
• Cassiar
• Bugler
• Limit Bid II
• Queen of Diamonds

Alchemy was practically reborn in 1995, as the Queen of Diamonds, when she had a 12-foot (3.6 meters) stern added to allow for a cockpit and swim platform accessing the walk in lazerette, and stern entry.
The Global Reef Project is a scientific effort focused on collection of biogeochemical data from coral reefs and open-water ecosystems. It aims to develop a comprehensive, system-wide, and quality-controlled set of protocols for data sampling in collaboration with the scientific community.

Currently, the Global Reef Project is connecting with marine biologists to begin the process of identifying the most useful type of physical, chemical, and biological data, which will help scientists understand coral reef ecosystems.

If you are interested in the opportunity to have the Global Reef Project collect data on your behalf, or if you would like to collaborate to formulate a standardized protocol for data collection, please contact the Global Reef Project.

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