The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge and the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge refuges took ownership of the boat that year from the General Services Administration and spent $100,000 refurbishing the motors and foredeck, Woods said. The estimated valued afterward was $2.5 million.
The boat is 16 feet wide and drafts 6 feet. Refuge staff members use the Arlluk as a mobile field camp to access remote areas, Woods said. It can accommodate a dozen crew and passengers. Researchers also use it to survey marine mammals and seabirds.
“It can be fitted with a `tuna tower,' which is really handy for spotting sea life or doing marine mammal surveys,” Woods said.
The boat has a range of 600 to 700 miles.
The Becharof National Wildlife Refuge is southeast of Katmai National Park at the head of the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge is farther west on the peninsula. The headquarters for both refuges is in King Salmon.