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Small Boats

For general questions and information regarding requirements to become a small boat authorized operator, email Curtis Barnes or call 757-277-3882.

R/V Riptide Reserve this boat

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 Reserve this boat

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

Littorina Reserve this boat

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 Curtis Barnes for rates

ODU Operator (required): $32.50 per hour

Fuel: Fuel at pump price


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 switchs 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) Remover 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.

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