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With its proven sea-going ability and trans-Pacific range, the Searcher is an ideal platform for day trips to months-long expeditions. Operated by the non-profit foundation, The Medical Foundation for the Study of the Environment, the Searcher offers the security, flexibility and affordability that other vessels cannot offer.

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The Medical Foundation for the Study of the Environment

Formed in 1989, The Medical Foundation has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting researchers and research throughout the world.  In addition to the main Hawaiian Islands, over the last two decades we have worked throughout the Pacific including: The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra and Kingman Reef, the Line Islands, the Society Islands, The Tuamotus, and Johnston Atoll.

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By providing a flexible platform we have been able to work with a number of entities on a wide range of projects. Some of our collaborators include: the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, NOAA, US F&WS, the University of Hawaii, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Scripps Institute, the BBC, and the Ocean Futures Society


With our twin Zodiac Mark V's we are able to provide dive support, deploy or retrieve large pieces of equipment, and land and gear personnel on remote inaccessible atolls and islands.

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The Searcher is USCG approved to carry 12 passengers in our 7 staterooms, all with en-suite toilets and showers. A full kitchen, dining area and ship-wide air conditioning make for comfortable voyaging, while satellite phone and email means we can stay in touch and provide updates from anywhere in the world.

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Contact The Medical Foundation for the Study of the Environment

Capt. Jon Littenberg
P.O. Box 1133
Kailua, Hawaii 96734

808 225-8982

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