Our fleet of boats ranges from rowing to power, and interested students have numerous opportunities to learn how to safely operate these craft, or grow existing skills. 

M/V Osprey

M/V Osprey in Frenchman Bay

M/V Osprey is our transport for students to Frenchman Bay, our islands, and beyond. She is annually inspected by the Coast Guard for safety and integrity, and she is outfitted with communications and life-saving equipment that allows her to navigate as far as 200 miles from shore. More on Osprey, including charter information »

R/V Borealis

The R/V 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. 

R/V Laughing Gull

The Laughing Gull is a center console research boat dedicated to student and faculty projects that engage in coastal oceanographic studies. In 2017 she was re-powered and refitted with updated safety and communications equipment. 


Our fleet of rigid inflatable boats consists of console and tiller-drive boats that allow students to practice small boat handling in the bay, or land on offshore islands. 


Peapods and skiffs are traditional rowboats common to the coast of Maine. We are glad to offer students a chance to learn the required skills and take a casual row in the harbor.

Peapod at Great Duck Island


For students interested in sailing we offer two Rhodes 19 day sailers for pleasure sailing and skill building. They are also a great opportunity for students to learn knots and line handling. Advanced sailing skills may be learned through periodic courses, or by special arrangement.