Matt Rutherford's Ocean Research Project

Matt Rutherford sailed the Ault from Florida to Annapolis, Maryland, to refit it__ for a 6,500 mile voyage in the North Atlantic. Rutherford will be collecting atmospheric and oceanic data for the Ocean Research Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and public education.

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Matt sails his 42-foot, steel-hulled Colvin Gazelle schooner, Ault, from Florida to Annapolis, Maryland.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt removes part of the main deck.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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The galley is revealed after part of the main deck has been removed.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt cuts off a section of the main deck.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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The inside of Ault is exposed after the entire main deck has been removed.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt works with a circular saw.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt builds a new main deck for Ault.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt poses in back of the unfinished deck of Ault.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt sands the deck of Ault.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Matt fixes the side of Ault.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford

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Ault sits on the hard in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Self portrait of Matt Rutherford

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Matt sails Ault from Florida to Maryland.Courtesy of Matt Rutherford