Small Boats

Boston Whaler at work in Bodega Bay

SF State Scientific Boating Program

The SF State Scientific Boating Program provides University students, faculty and staff safe access to a fleet of small boats maintained for use in academic research and education.

Small boats are managed at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, based at the Romberg Tiburon Campus in Tiburon, California. There are five boats in the fleet, ranging from 11-22 feet in length. Information on the capabilities and capacities of each boat can be found on the fleet page.

Scientific Boat Operators

SF State currently has over 25 students, faculty and staff who are authorized to operate the small boat fleet to facilitate their academic and research pursuits. 

To operate SF State scientific watercraft, you must be a current University student, staff or faculty. Boat operators must complete the boating forms, attend a Motorboat Operators Training Course, have current cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid certification and schedule a boat checkout with the SF State Marine Superintendent. For more information on becoming a scientific boat operator, please see our Training page and  contact the SF State Marine Superintendent.

SF State Scientific Boating Safety Committee

The SF State Scientific Boating Safety Committee in collaboration with marine operations staff oversees the vessel schedule for the R/V Questuary, administers small boat use, develops policies, and helps set priorities for Marine Operations. The Scientific Boating Safety Committee meets quarterly and as needed; students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate. Please contact marine operations staff for upcoming meetings.


Luis Hernández Research Diving and Boating Technician, Acting Scientific Diving and Boating Safety Officer
Matt Ferner SF Bay NERR Research Reserve Coordinator
Anna Deck NERR Research Technician
Melissa Patten Research Technician
Karina Nielsen Executive Director