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Small Boat Fleet

Our small boats -- ranging in size from 12 ft to 28 ft -- are well-suited for working along the coast & shallow bays of the NE Gulf of Mexico. The Calcutta, Twin-Vee, and Dusky can operate outside of the barrier islands while the other vessels are best suited for nearshore work. All our boats have Yamaha engines and are equipped with USCG approved and required safety devices, VHF radios, GPS, and depth-sounding devices. The Zodiak can ride offshore on the R/V APALACHEE.

Check for availability on our RESERVATION CALENDAR before filling out the RESERVATION FORM. Click here for rates.  For more information regarding operating requirements for small boats, please click here.

Note:  All boat reservations require a FLOAT PLAN before the boat can be checked out. There are two different plans: (1) FLOAT PLAN 1 - Onsite: FSUCML boats launched at the marine lab are operated onsite in waters inland of Dog Island;  (2) FLOAT PLAN 2 - Offshore/Offsite:  FSUCML boat that are trailered offsite, operated offshore, or both.  These forms can be filled out online, downloaded to your device, and then printed out for signatures. Have questions? Call (850) 697-4120

28' Catamarans (N = 3)

90-hp outboard - Maximum capacity = sixteen (16) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 2400 lbs. Draft = 20". Handheld GPS units available. Requires FSUCML Marine OPS-approved boat captain.

26' Calcutta

Two 115-hp outboards - Maximum capacity = ten (10) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 2400 lbs. Draft = 13". Garmin GPSmap 4212 Sonar & GPS unit. Requires FSUCML Marine OPS-approved boat captain.

28' Twin Vee

Two 150-hp outboards – Maximum capacity = twelve (12) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 2600 lbs. Draft = 18". Lowrance HDS12 SI, sonar, GPS unit. Requires FSUCML Marine OPS-approved boat captain.

23' Skeeter SX230 Bay Boat

250-hp outboard - Maximum capacity =  eight (8) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 1910 lbs. Draft = 10''. Helix GPS unit. Primarily for use in Apalachicola Bay System.

19' Dusky

115-hp outboard - Maximum capacity = five (5) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 1500 lbs. Draft = 20".  Hummingbird sonar, GPS unit. Requires approved captain.

18' Polar

75-hp outboard - Maximum capacity= five (5) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 1200 lbs. Draft = 10". Hummingbird Helix X5 sonar & GPS.

16' Carolina Skiff

25-hp outboard - Maximum capacity = three (3) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 600 lbs. Draft = 8". Handheld GPS units available.

14' Zodiac

25-hp outboard - Maximum capacity = six (6) people. Max. weight (people & gear) = 1280 lbs. Draft = 12".  Handheld GPS unit available. 

12' Kayaks (N = 8)

Kayak Fleet consists of three tandem and five single person kayaks. Paddles and life vests are supplied. Handheld GPS unit available.

Last Updated: Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:16 PM