Small Boat Fleet

19 foot Boston Whaler in San Francisco Bay

SF State maintains five vessels in its small boat fleet which provide University students and faculty unparalleled opportunity to conduct research on San Francisco Bay and the California coast.

The vessels are located at the University field station in Tiburon, California. Each vessel is outfitted with appropriate US Coast Guard approved safety equipment, electronic navigation, electronic depth sounder, fixed radio, navigation lights and other equipment. For more information on the fleet or to schedule operator training, please contact the SF State Marine Superintendent.

22 Foot C-Dory "Salty Dog" (Available for External Science Charters)

The C-Dory is the newest addition to the University small boat fleet. This small fiberglass cruiser has a cabin with seating for three people and a work table well suited for computers and other electronic equipment. The boat is equipped with a large screen digital chartplotter, depth sounder and high definition radar. The flat hull is best suited for operating in shallow, calm water though the vessel can handle a significnat amount of chop when operated at slow speed.

 

 Photo of the Salty Dog
Registration: CF 7516 PS
Capacity: 8 Persons/1400 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 22'/8'/1'
Engine: Yamaha 90 HP, four stroke fuel injected with auxiliary 8 HP Yamaha
Fuel Capacity: 60 Gallons
Est. Range: 150 NMI
Use: Shallow water access to any SF Bay site; dive support vessel. The Salty Dog is insured for scientific charters with a licensed captain. Vessel is berthed at Paradise Cay Marina.

21 Foot Catamaran "Twin Vee"

The Twin Vee is a twin 70 horsepower outboard, fiberglass catamaran that is preferred by many students and faculty for its stable, fast ride. The hull can cut through significiant Bay chop, though the low freeboard at the transom makes this boat very prone to taking on water at the stern. A large, open deck is well suited for transporting gear, the boat has an aluminum davit for towing plankton nets.

 

Photo of the Twin Vee
Registration: CF 9137 XS
Capacity: 8 Persons/1400 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 21'/8'/1.4'
Engine: Twin Yamaha 70 HP, four stroke fuel injected (repowered in 2016)
Fuel Capacity: 50 Gallons
Est. Range: 100 NMI
Use: Dive support, crew transport and aquatic sampling in unprotected waters of San Francisco Bay; near-shore coastal waters of Monterey Bay and the Channel Islands.

19 Foot Boston Whaler "Guardian"

The Guardian is the University dive boat of choice and becuae of its hull shape and is well suited for research in San Francisco Bay and nearshore California coastal waters. The boat has a single outboard engine with a mount for an auxilary engine. The fiberglass hull is stable, fast and seaworthy and the open afterdeck is good for transporting dive gear. The boat is equipped with scuba tank brackets and a starboard side davit for deployment of plankton nets.

 

Photo of the Boston Whaler
Registration: CF 3272 XS
Capacity: 7 Persons/970 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 19'/7'/1.2'
Engine: Johnson 115 HP, four stroke
Fuel Capacity: 70 Gallons
Est. Range: 110 NMI
Use: Dive support, crew transport and aquatic sampling in unprotected waters of San Francisco Bay; near-shore coastal waters of Monterey Bay and the Channel Islands.

17 Foot Boston Whaler "Montauk"

Photo of the 17' Boston Whaler
Registration: CF 1036 XC
Capacity: 7 Persons/885 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 17'6"/5'/0.9'
Engine: Yamaha 60 HP, four stroke
Fuel Capacity: 50 Gallons
Est. Range: 100 NMI
Use: Shallow draft utility boat good for open water use and dive support.

15 Foot Boston Whaler "Striper"

The Striper is a good boat for protected, shallow Bay water and is most suited for a crew of two persons. The boat has a single outboard engine and the fiberglass hull is fast and stable, though excessive weight in the stern make this boat prone to taking on water when backing or operating in heavy chop.

Photo of the small Boston Whaler
Registration: CF 2135 XS
Capacity: 3 Persons/645 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 15'/5'/0.9'
Engine: Yamaha 60 HP, four stroke (repowered in 2016)
Fuel Capacity: 20 Gallons
Est. Range: 40 NMI
Use: Crew transport and aquatic sampling in protected rivers in San Francisco Bay. This vessel is not permitted in unprotected waters of San Francisco Bay due to it's low freeboard.

11 Foot "Klamath"

The Klamath aluminum boat is often used to transport nets and sampling gear in shallow, protected waters and can be operated either by oars or auxiliary gas outboard engine. 

Photo of the Klamath
Registration: CF 3621 XS
Capacity: 3 Persons/450 pounds
LOA/Beam/Draft: 12'/5'/1'
Engine: Johnson 7 HP, two stroke
Fuel Capacity: 4 gallons
Est. Range: 12 NMI
Use: Service duty in protected rivers in San Francisco Bay.