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The College of the Atlantic offers many opportunities for students to access the marine environment, for both pleasure and academic purposes. Our fleet of boats ranges from rowing to power, and interested students have numerous opportunities to learn how to safely operate these craft or make improvements to existing skills.
Osprey: The MV Osprey is our floating classroom. She is a 46’ Wesmac Cruiser built in Maine and she will operate comfortably at 18 kts with a maximum speed of 26 kts. She may carry up to 38 passengers, though typically numbers will be much fewer. Her main cabin is spacious and bright and her extensive engine-compartment insulation allows for ease of lectures and other discussions while underway. She also has an ample work deck aft to allow for exterior passenger viewing, as well as general marine work projects. With her inherent seaworthiness we have extended our islands field season into the winter months for the first time and are now operating year-round. She is equipped with a 2,000 lb boom crane, hydraulic line hauler and state-of-the-art navigation electronics.
Borealis: The RV Borealis works as a marine mammal stranding response boat and data collection platform for Allied Whale. She has also worked to serve our islands program when a smaller boat is adequate and more efficient. With a max speed of 27 kts and a capacity of 8 persons, she is a smart and well equipped research boat.
RIBs: Our fleet of rigid inflatable boats consists of two console RIBs (Mirus and Meg) and three tiller-drive boats (Delphis, Ego, and Abby). They serve the Islands Program as research and logistics boats, and are the epitome of being rode hard and put away wet!
Sail: The College has three Rhodes 19 day sailors that allow for varied use. From casual trips under light winds, to more exhilarating races in the bay, they are the source of good times. Students are the driving force behind the care and maintenance of these craft that allow a great opportunity for learning the basics of sail and line handling in a beautiful place.
Row: Peapods and skiffs are traditional rowboats common to the coast of Maine and we are glad to offer students the opportunity to get to know them and their required skills. A "mill-pond" morning at the pier will bring surprising solace, add to it a row in the sun and you have a brilliant start to the day.
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