Small Boats

Please request the small boats five (5) business days in advance.

R/V Riptide
R/V Riptide

Length: 23ft
Beam: 8'
Draft: 3ft
Capacity: 6 People + Operator
Fiberglass Hull
Engine: 225hp (2stroke) Mercury Outboard
Basic Electronics: VHF Radio and 12volt Inverter, Mag. Compass, Furuno 1621 Mark2 Radar, 998C SI Combo (Chart Plotter, Depth Sounder, Sidescan Sonar)
J-Frame W/12volt Capstan, small Fantail for work place
Portable Toilet: To be emptied upon return
Capabilities: Research & Class Room Projects; including compact CTDs, small Plankton Tows and Benthic Grabs
Area of Operations: Rivers & Harbors; Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean weather depending
Inside Rate
Daily Rate: $225 per day + fuel at pump price
Outside Rate
Daily Rate: $1,000 per day (Includes boat, fuel and captain)
Must hold 6 pack OUPV license or be approved by the department to operate vessel.

Carolina Skiff
Carolina Skiff

Hop, Skiff and a Jump

Beam: 5'
Draft: 18"
Capacity: 4 People
Fiberglass Hull
Engine: 40hp (4 stroke) Yamaha Outboard
Capabilities: Small Research & Class Room Projects.
Area of Operations: Restricted to Rivers & Harbors.
Inside Rate
Basic Rate: $50 per day
ODU operator: $32.50 per hour
Fuel: Fuel at pump price
Outside Rate
Basic Rate: $100 per day
ODU operator (required): $32.50 per hour
Fuel: Fuel at pump price

R/V Littorina

Length: 24ft
Beam: 7-1/2ft
Draft: 2-1/2ft
Capacity: 18 persons/2500lbs
Fiberglass Hull
Engine: Yamaha V Max 115hp 4 stroke
J-Frame w/12volt capstan
Capabilities: Research and classroom projects, compact CTD's, plankton tows and benthic grabs.
Areas of operation: Chesapeake Bay and tributaries
20 gallon fuel capacity
Inside Rate
Basic Rate: $75 per day
ODU Operator: $32.50 per hour
Fuel: Fuel at pump price
Outside Rate
Basic Rate: Please contact Jason Jakovenko for rates
ODU Operator (required): $32.50 per hour
Fuel: Fuel at pump price

End-of-Voyage Responsibilities

  1. Secure boat at dock or on trailer.
  2. Tilt outboard motor (up-position).
  3. Turn all electronic equipment OFF.
  4. Leave both (2) bilge pump switches in the AUTO position.
  5. Cut battery switch to the OFF position.
  6. Empty portable toilet & flush out with fresh water.
  7. Remove all trash and coil anchor & dock lines.
  8. Remove all gear from the boat unless project is continued next day.
  9. Report any repairs, operational problems or boat deficiencies to Marine Support Facilities Staff.
  10. Return the boat key and any portable radios, etc to the MSF staff.