1988 Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc. Stalwart Class T-AGOS-12 For Sale

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Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc.
Stalwart Class T-AGOS-12
Length (LOA):
Min. Draft:
Max. Draft:
Stock #:
Seattle, Washington
Under Contract
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Reason for Selling:
The seller was going to charter the vessel, but is now going another direction.
Engine Details
Size (each):
970 hp
Fuel Type:

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1988 Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc. Stalwart Class T-AGOS-12 Utility in Seattle, Washington

Stock #084726

This is a 224', T-AGOS, (Civilian, Auxiliary, General, Ocean Surveillance) ship that is for sale.

She is an all steel vessel.

Originally built for the US. Navy by the Tacoma Boat Building Company in Tacoma, Washington for underwater ocean surveillance in the late 1980's as USNS Vigorous for cold war, submarine hunting.

The ship was always contractor maintained under contract to MSC (Military Sealift Command) until transferred to the EPA (United States, Environmental Protection Agency).

Ordered by the US Navy in 1987, the keel was laid in 1988 & delivered to the US Navy in October 1989, then immediately assigned to the Military Sealift Command.

Mid way through it's service the ship was renamed USNS BOLD, later transferred to the EPA in 2004 as OSV BOLD as an Ocean Survey Vessel for scientific research.

In 2013 OSV BOLD was sold to the Seattle Maritime Academy for training.

In 2015 she was sold to the current owner for private use by GSA which is the Government Services Administration. After offering it to the other government agencies, it was sold at auction to the current owner.

The DOD (Dept. of Defense) has cleared it of any sensitive government material or munitions.

BOLD is now a civilian ship & is a US Coast Guard documented vessel.

This makes it simple to transfer the ownership.

It is unclassed at the moment & ready for a new life at sea.

The Captain says she dances through the water, is stable as can be, & turns on a dime.

BOLD is highly maneuverable, especially with the 550 horse power, bow thruster.

It is possible that most of the crew from the last ten years may be available.

This is the 12th hull in a series that the Tacoma Boat Building Company turned out. It also, turned out the 16th hull.

All together 23 sister ships where put out by three different US manufacturers & three different classes.

The other two manufacturers that were awarded contracts were Halter Marine & McDermott Shipbuilding.

The classes are Stalwart(18), Victorious(4), & Impeccable(1).

There were also three different hull shapes. The Stalwarts have a conventional monohull, The Victorious have a smaller SWATH(Small WAter Plane Twin Hull ), & the Impeccable has the larger SWATH Hull.

Two others Victorious class ships were produced in Japan under license (as Hibiki class) by:
Mitsui Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd

This is a Stalwart Class Vessel.

The First vessel was named USNS Stalwart. The latter hulls were called Stalwart Class.

Stalwart-class (T-AGOS) ships were a class of United States Naval Ship (USNS) for the sole purpose of auxiliary support, Ocean Surveillance Ships commissioned between April 1984 and January 1990. Their original purpose was to collect underwater acoustical information using the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS), This is a low frequency active sonar system (LFA).

The giant winch used to tow the four mile long cable connected to the side scan sonar device has since been removed in the 2004/2005 refit.

There are three other winches attached currently. They have a data cable inside the cable. There is an extra spool on the deck. One was for an ROV, a CDT, & Sonar array.

The ship was last surveyed & appraised at $10,000,000 USD in 2015

She is Turn Key, Fully Stocked & Equipped, Ready to go Ocean Survey Vessel.

BOLD can be a private ship or yacht.

Each cabin is 120 square feet except for the Master & Chief Engineers cabin which is 160 sf. Many have their own bathroom for the most part. The rest share one between two rooms.

There are at least 26 individual cabins, not including the Hostipol room that has For bunks.

Four of the cabins have a pullman which is an extra fold down bed. These cabins also have a traditional bed.

There is room for at least 34 people. The ship was meant to have a crew of 30. Never were there any munitions on board.

Most of the crew were origanlly civilian.

The Machinery Plant is Diesel Electric.

It has an Ice Reinforced Hull, was designed, & made for operation at the North & South Poles. The hull is double plated from the engine room forward.

It is perfectly suited for surveying the oceans of the world in the most remote regions possible.

It is very quite running because it is operated by two 800 horsepower, electric motors. The generators that power them are on steel I beams that are mounted on giant rubber washers.

At three knots, the vessel is virtually undetectable acoustically. This is the original stealth technology.

There are also little to no restrictions in purchasing this vessel.

Some certifications are due & or expired.

Ship was Refit 2005 & 2012.

A recent in water survey is available upon request.

Includes a water maker with almost five thousand gallons of storage.

The vessel includes 2 tenders & 2 cranes.

One Crane was just over hauled. There is a large A frame on the back deck for lifting equipment like an ROV, Sonar device or a Sub. It can be removed to make room for a helicopter pad.

It was made more comfortable by the EPA. Just about all of the equipment the EPA had on board is still there.

The hospital on board is fully equipped, There is a large kitchen, rec room, & mess hall, wash room with three washers & three dryers. There are huge dry goods storage rooms, an exercise room, a giant walk in cooler & freezer. A thaw room is forward & attached to the freezer room. The water heaters are huge & fairly new in 2012. There are at least three. There is a chemical storage room, an electricians shop full of tools, an engineers shop with a massive lathe, & drill press among other things. There are several large ice makers & several other refrigerators & freezers, a wet lab is on the stern & a very large dry lab mid ships with lots of scientific equipment such as a water distiller. Aft of the Dry lab is a large computer lab.

There is a separate room for the bow thruster, the main ac panel which is forward & under the electricians shop in the bow is a large room full of rope, line, nets, buoys, & tons of gear.

The chiller room has tons of spare freon. Next to that room is a large parts room full of all kinds of fittings. There are also more parts stored in the main motor room.

Across from the Chill water room is the water tank macerator room.

Everything goes with the vessel that is on the vessel.

It is perfectly suited to spend a considerable time in any of the Oceans.

Includes immersion suites, dive set ups & bottles. This can all be verified.

All the original paint is there in a locker on the back deck. There will be no guessing on trying to match paint. All the equipment necessary to paint is there as well.

There is general sampling instruments such as corers, dredges, & trawls.

The boat comes with a full set of tools & equipment necessary for operation. There is an incredible amount of parts on board.

The EPA owned & operated it from 2004-2013.

It takes a crew of 10 to run the ship efficiently. Several other are needed for second shifts.

Currently, there is a care taker living on the ship. It has always been plugged in to the utilities, exhausts covered, fuel circulated, main electric motors plugged into a warmer, among other things.

Someone has been either guarding it or living on it since the seller purchased it.

The main engines (Generators) were rebuilt in the 2012 dry docking.

The only hours them are from it's voyage from Key West to Seattle in 2013.

The Damage control system was just replaced. It is a Siemens System. It is brand new.

The seller employed the former engineer to do a conditions report once he bought it in 2015. He also installed new brushes on the electric motors & examined the rear shaft seals which were found to be in good shape.

All the systems were started including the main motors, the five generators, chill water system, ac system, bow thruster, & the boat was moved back in forth in it's slip under it's own power. The engineer says everything is working great except a couple water pumps could be rebuilt. The parts are all there.

The only thing besides the vessel needing paint & some rust abatement is the bridge air conditioning should be serviced & the main walk in fridge & freezer may to be serviced, just because it has not been used in a couple years.

Generally there are limitations with buying a former Military Vessel. In this case the US Dept. of Defense has inspected it & there are limited restrictions on the sale of this vessel.

This vessel just needs a standard commerce declaration to leave the country. The US Dept. of Commerce has a standard form. They just want to know that the boat is not being taken to one of the four countries that the US is not trading with at the moment. They include Syria, North Sudan, North Korea & Iran. As long as their form telling them who the purchaser is, what the intended purpose is with the boat, & tell them the destination port it is going to, then the boat is free to go after they approve. This can be pre approved for the most part over the phone with the US Dept. of Commerce. The trade code is 8A992.

This is not a government vessel any more & it is free to sell to who ever would like it.

The seller intended to charter/lease the vessel & has since gone another direction.

The mooring may be available to who ever buys it. It is in a private mooring currently. The mooring was set up specifically for this vessel. It is approximatley half the price of Lake Union which is near by.

It is currently an Uninspected Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV).

The intended use on the end of use certificate from GSA which is where the seller acquired it is that it is to be chartered out.

The new owner is free to do what every he/she likes.

This boat can service the globe with approx. 233,200 gallons of fuel storage in 16 tanks according to the survey report.

11 knots Cruise at 80% power has a 3,000 mile range.

There is a diagram of the fuel chart in the pictures.

Everything & anything can be verified on this vessel. Just ask.

The seller states that the EPA spent over $34 Million dollars refitting this vessel. The EPA installed a new fuel tank under the aft deck.

The a frame on the back deck was newly installed in 2005.

Seller states that the ship is set up for 90 day voyages before needing to be resupplied. He says the boat is fully stocked for the most part with everything needed. There is still coffee in the fridge.

In 2005 EPA installed a sophisticated fire fighting system that seals the entire engine room & engulfs the space if needed.

Powered by Electric Motors fueled from the power created by Caterpillar 970 HP D398 Engines.

Load Line Draft: 14'-11-6.25''

Light ship weight is 1,444 long tons.

Light ship draft is 10'-10-1/8''

The USCG records it as a 198' Vessel. That is a perpendicular measurement.

The EPA banned Halon production in 1994. They updated the ship in 2004/2005 with the new automatic fire suppression system from Azul with a Sapphire system. There is no longer Halon gas aboard. It is a clean agent system.

The boat is full of fire fighting equipment including helmets & suits. All of the extinguishers, including the sapphire system will need to be re certified. 2013 is when they were last certified. Seller had an estimate in 2015. It came out to be less than $5,000 USD.

The life rafts will also have to be re certified. There are four.

Last certified 2013

The Main Propulsion system consists of:

Four - 970 HP, Caterpillar, D398 Engines. 500 Kw/750kva.
Last overhauled 2012

Two - 800 HP, GE DL58X170535 SCR Drive. Propulsion Motors.

Emergency generator: KATO/Caterpillar 3408, 550 Kw.

Seller says there is at least 40K gallons of fuel on board.

Two Shafts rated at 800 Horse Power each.

He also estimates that the ships fuel efficiently is approx. 500 gallons every 12 hours or 1000 gallons every 24 hours.

He estimates that with a crew of about 15 & an average salary of the crew at $250 per day. The boat with fuel should cost about $10k per month to crew & operate.

The seller promises that the boat is ready to go to sea for the most part besides needing some certifications updated & paint.

The engines are very clean.

This ship is very beautiful to say the least & extremely impressive. She is a head turner.

The boat is currently sitting in fresh water & has been for the last three years.

Included: 2, jet propulsion, Yanmar, diesel powered.

Information On Condition

In water survey preformed August 21, 2015

Last Surveyed August 2015 for insurance purposes.

Last Hauled & Complete Dry Dock preformed January 2012.

The bottom is not due to be done until late 2017

Last under water inspection July 2015

Super structure & coating is generally good. Hull shows some slight battering & scrapes.

Some corrosion above & below the water line.

Will need a new load line certificate & New COI from the USCG.

The ABS is expired in 2015 only because the seller did not want to make a decision on what to class it as. It is open to classification. Plus, if this is going international, it doesn't need the ABS classification.

The life boats & the fire systems like fire extinguishers will have to be certified as some of the certifications have expired & are due on a yearly basis.

The ship comes with the original manual & all of the ships records & dry dock binders full of the updates that were done.

Seller said any engineer that reports on this boat will be very happy with it. He believes the condition of the boat is in top shape. It just needs a crew & it is ready to for a voyage.

Many of the T-AGOS Ships have hand their engineering systems upgraded to digital. This still has an analog system. It is still capable of running the ship well. The engineering system is between the main motor room & the Main Generator room.

The ships the engineer said she is fully operational as of October 2016.

The previous contractor who was in charge of the ship thinks that once a crew was back aboard, the ship could be cleaned up in thirty days.

Many of the ships interior lights are out. The care taker is in the process of changing the light bulbs.

The light pole on the bow will most likely need to be rebuilt. It has seen better days. One of the legs on the tripod has rusted, so it is standing on two legs. It holds the three white bow lights.

Seller just emptied the grey water tank June 2016. It was just about full.

Approximate boat location: Seattle, Washington

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Basic Details
Tacoma Boatbuilding Co., Inc.
Stalwart Class T-AGOS-12
Length (LOA):
Stock #:
Seattle, Washington
Engine & MechanicalMech.
Size (each):
970 hp
Fuel Type:
Fuel Tank:
233,250 gals
Manganese Bronze
Cruising Speed:
3 mph
Maximum Speed:
11 mph
Fuel Consump.:
42 gals/hour @ Cruise
Drive Type:
Direct Drive
Fuel Transfer Pumps:
Engine Alarms:
Engine Room:
Engine Room Lighting:
Water Maker:
Radar Arch/mast:
Oily Water Separator:
Water Tanks:
Balast Pumps:
Keel Skeg:
Bilge Pump:
With Bilge Alarms.
Fuel Tank Location:
Through Out. Schematic Chart Available In Pictures.
Cockpit Type:
Pilot House
Shaft Seals:
Oil Lubricated
Bow Thruster:
Last Inspected 2012. Caterpillar 3408 550 Hp.
Emergency Steering:
Hydraulic, Trick Wheel.
Bottom Paint:
Due Late 2017
Machinery Plant:
Diesel Electric
Main Engines:
Distillation Plant:
2, Alpha LAVAL, Rated At 2400 Gpd, Reverse Osmosis.
Oily Waste Tanks:
2, 6,021 Gallons Each.
Lube Oil Tanks:
2, 5,230 Gallons Each.
Fuel Tank:
16, Includes Emergency Generator Tank. (312 Gallons).
Sanitary Tank:
11,148 Gallon Capacity.
11 Tanks Of Various Sizes. Two Center Tanks Are Fresh Water. 147,408 Gal. Total Capacity.
Anti Roll Tank:
1, Aft Of Machinery Space. 18,719 Gallon Capacity.
Dimensions & Specifications & Specs
Length Overall:
Length at Water:
198' 8"
Min. Draft:
Max. Draft:
3,000,000 lbs
Water Capacity:
4,063 gals
NavigationalNav. Equipment
Depth Instrument:
Anchor Light:
Weather Station:
Vantage Pro2
Gyro Pilot:
Paper Charts:
Deviation Table:
None. One Should Be Installed According To The Last Surveyor..
Weather Fax Reciever:
Navtex NCR 300 A
Long Range Identification & Tracking System. Should Be Installed. There Is Not One.
Gyro Pilot, Sperry
Paging System:
Gai-tronic Corp.
AIS System:
Furuno Universal FA-100
Satellite Compass:
Furuno SC 502
Loud Hailer:
Furuno LH 3000
Furuno GP 90, Furuno GP 35. WAAS/DGPS/GPS
Furuno FM 8500
Inmarsat C Transceiver:
Furuno FELCOM 15
Fathom Meter:
Furuno FE-700, Furuno RD 30
Doppler Speed Log:
Furuno DS-50
Furuno 056008
Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System: Surveyor Recommends One Being Installed.
2, Transceivers. Furring FS-1562-15
2, Furuno
VHR Radio Telephone:
2, FM-8800S
Deck Features
Captain's Chair:
Steering Wheel:
J Frame:
Anchor Chain:
Stud Link, 1-5/16'' Diameter. Port Is 720' & Starboard Is 630'
A Frame:
Stern 10,000 Pounds.
Anchor Locker:
Accessed Through Bow Thruster Room.
4 Of Various Capacities.
2, One Hydro Pro 4400 Pounds At Fifty Feet. Last Overhauled July 2015. The Other Is A Knuckle Crane.
2, 3,500 Pounds Each.
U Frame:
1000 Pounds
Safety EquipmentEquip.
Satellite Communications:
Life Jackets:
Air Horn:
Dock Lines:
Navigation Lights:
First Aid Kits:
Fire Pump:
Marine Whistle:
Ships Bell:
Emergency Lighting:
With Signage. Very Good.
Throwable PFD:
With Lines & Lights.
Trauma Kit:
Stokes Litter
Fire Detection System:
Siemons Systems 3
Handheld Radios:
Out Of Date
Multiple. Inspections Out Of Date. Need To Be Re Registered.
Fire Extinguishers:
Multiple, Need Re Certification
CO/2 Detectors:
Machinery Space, Each Main Propulsion Unit Pod. Bosun's Locker, Bow Thruster, & Generator Rooms.
Owners Manual:
In Ships' Office
In Pyrotechnic Lockers On Aft Deck.
GMDSS Console:
Furuno RC-150011
Inmarsat B:
Fleet Broadband:
Portable Pump:
For Damage Control.
Display Furuno SC 502
Immersion Suits:
Approx. 40
Fire Suppression System:
Anzul, Sapphire. New 2004
Visual Distress Signals:
All Expired
Fire Axes:
Inflatable Raft:
4, Need Re Certification.
4, 14 Man Each, Third Level, Aft Of Pilothouse.
Line Throwing Guns:
DSC Terminal:
2, Furuno DSC 6
DSC Watch Receivers:
2, Furuno AA 50
Firemens Outfits:
18 On Deck.
Fire Hose Stations:
ElectricalElec. Components
Roll Control System:
Accessory Switches:
Shore Power:
480v 3 Phase 400A
Electrical Service:
480v 3 Phase & 120v Single Phase.
Ships Service Generator:
4-500kw, 600V KATO
Water Heater:
3, Electric. Heater On Main Deck Replaced 2012
Propulsion Motors:
2-800 SHP GE CY8T2 MODL 426972, SCR Drive
Ships Emergency Generator:
1- 250KW, 450V, KATO/CATAPILLAR 3408
Accommodations & Passengers
# Cabins:
Sleep. Capacity:
# Berths:
Air Conditioning:
Survey Operations Center:
Wet Lab:
Data Acquisition Center:
Walk In Cooler:
Walk In Freezer:
Micro Biology Lab:
Wet & Dry Lab
Sick Bay:
Well Equiped
Fully Equipped.
Dive Locker:
Aft On The Main Deck.
ConstructionConst. Features
Hull Material:
Hull Shape:
Exterior Color:
Radar Mast:
Up Stacks
Freeboard To Main Deck:
Min. 5'-2 7/8''
Ship's Store Capacity:
Dry :1550 Cubic Feet. Refrigerated : 1715 Cubic Feet.
Keel Type:
Panama Canal Tonnage:
2330.52 Gross, 1123.60 Net.
Light Ship VCG:
Depth Molded At Midships:
2, 8' In Diameter, Fixed Pitch, Cast Manganese Bronze.
Length Btwn Perpendicular:
Load Line Draft:
14'-11 5/8''
Light Ship Draft:
10'-10'' & An 1/8''
Light Ship LCD:
United States Tonnage:
1,914.0 Gross Tons. 574 Net.
Light Ship Displacement:
1,444 Long Tons
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