Small Boat Fleet

Every national marine sanctuary relies on small boats to access protected areas. This access is necessary for sanctuaries to implement our management plans, each of which addresses unique local challenges and opportunities. ONMS currently maintains and operates more than 45 vessels ranging from small tenders or utility boats to larger regional class boats up to 85 feet in length

Small Research Vessel (SRV)

These regional boats, the SRVx and Manta, service the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. They support sanctuaries ocean conservation and resource protection missions, especially in remote or high sea state areas. They fill the gap between missions suitable for smaller classes of sanctuary vessels and those performed using larger NOAA multipurpose coastal research ships.

East Coast and Gulf of Mexico

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SRVx: The Small Research Vessel Experimental (SRVx) is an 85 foot NOAA SRV class boat for operations along the East and Gulf coasts. It has a range of 1,700 nm and a cruising speed of 35 knots. It requires three to four crew (days versus overnight operations) and can accommodate 28 passengers for day trips and 12 passengers for overnight trips. It was built in 2005. The SRVx is used for research, education, diving, and enforcement activities. Its home port is located at Norfolk, VA.

 

Gulf of Mexico

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Manta: The Manta is an 83 foot NOAA SRV class boat that supports operations at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. It has a range of 600 nm and a cruising speed of 27 knots. It requires four crew and can accommodate 10 passengers for up to five days (overnight). For single day missions, two to three crew are required and the vessel can accommodate up to 26 total passengers. The Manta supports research, education, and diving activities. It was built in 2007 and is home ported in Galveston, TX. Click here for more information.

Class III Boats

 

Northeast

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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Auk: The Auk is a 50 foot NOAA class III boat that supports a range of operations at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. It has a range of 400 nm and a cruising speed of 20 knots. It requires two crew and can accommodate 12 passengers for day trips and four to six passengers for overnight trips. It was built in 2006. Its primary uses are for research, education, diving, and enforcement. Its home port is located at Scituate, MA.

 

Southeast

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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Joe Ferguson: The Ferguson is a 41 foot NOAA class III boat that supports operations at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. It has a range of 350 nm and a cruising speed of 25 knots. It requires two crew and can accommodate 12 passengers for day trips and two to three passengers for overnight trips. It was built in 2008. It is used for research, diving, and buoy maintenance. Its home port is located in Savannah, GA.

 

West Coast

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

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Shearwater: The Shearwater is a 62 foot NOAA class III boat that supports operations at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. It can work up to 180 days per year. It has a range of 400 nm and a cruising speed of 19 knots. It requires 2 to 3 crew and can accommodate up to 28 passengers for day trips and six passengers for up to five days overnight. It supports research, education, and diving activities. It includes a Bauer air compressor to support diving operations. It was built in 2002 and is home ported in Santa Barbara, CA.
2012 Accomplishments Report

 

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Fulmar: The Fulmar is a 67 foot NOAA class III boat. It has a range of 400 nm and a cruising speed of 22 knots. The vessel was built in 2006 and home ported at the Monterey Harbor in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It also serves the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries. It accommodates two to three crew, up to 27 passengers, and includes 10-12 berths. It was built in 2006 and is home ported in Monterey, CA.
2012 Accomplishments Report

 

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R-4107: The 4107 is a 41 foot NOAA class III boat. It has a range of 300 nm and a cruising speed of 28 knots. The vessel was built in 2008 and home ported at the Monterey Harbor in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It has a day trip capacity for 10 and overnight capacity for four. It serves Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries.

Class II Boats

 

Southeast

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

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Sam Gray: The Sam Gray is a 36 foot NOAA class II boat that supports operations at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. It has a range of 250 nm and a cruising speed of 35 knots. It requires two crew and can accommodate six passengers for day trips. The boat can be trailered to alternative locations. It was built in 2004. The Gray suports research and diving activities. Its home port is located in Savannah, GA.

 

West Coast

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

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Tatoosh: The Tatoosh is a 38 foot NOAA class II boat. It has a range of 300 nm and is home ported in Port Angeles, WA, working out of La Push or Neah Bay, WA during the field season. It was built in 1994 and can operate up to 120 days per year. It supports research activities in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

 

Pacific Islands

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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Koholā: The Koholā is a 38 foot NOAA class II boat. It has a range of 200 nm and a maximum speed of 25 knots. It was built in 2011 and accommodates one to two crew and nine to 10 passengers. The vessel was specifically built and customized for large whale response, disentanglement and research. Based in the heart of the sanctuary, the vessel's homeport will be primarily in Maui at Mā'alaea Harbor.
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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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Hīhīmanu: The Hīhīmanu is a 36 foot NOAA class II boat. It has a range of 200 nm and a maximum speed of 25 knots. It was built in 2007 and is home ported at NOAA Inouye Regional Center at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It accommodates one to two crew and 9 to 10 passengers. This research vessel is the primary technical dive platform for tri-mix and rebreather training and proficiency dives. It is also used for education, outreach and research operations.

 

National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

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Manuma: The Manuma is a 33 foot NOAA class II boat. It has a range of 205 nm and a maximum speed of 40 knots. It was built in 2007 and is home ported in Pago Pago, American Samoa. It accommodates one to two crew and 4 to 5 passengers.

Specialty Vessels

 

Northeast

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Storm: The 50 foot RV Storm is operated by NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and is dedicated to supporting Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. RV Storm was completely refitted in 2009-10. Special emphasis was placed on versatility to best support the sanctuary's diverse interests and projects The Storm operates about 70 days a year in the sanctuary.

 

Southeast

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Peter Gladding: The Gladding is a 57 foot NOAA class III boat that supports enforcement operations at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It has a range of 500 nm and a cruising speed of 36 knots. It requires three to four law enforcement officers crewing the boat. It was built in 2006 and is home ported in Key West, FL.