UNE Research Vessels

The University of New England is able to provide unprecedented access to the Gulf of Maine right from the shores of our main campus in Biddeford. We currently have three research vessels, with a fourth research and education vessel slated for arrival in 2017. The UNE vessels are operated by a group of experienced Marine Sciences professional staff, all of whom have completed captain’s training as USCG Operators of Uninspected Passenger Vessels and have backgrounds in field logistics and research. Opportunities for students and researchers to operate certain vessels are also available via proper training.

R/V Vitruvius

18' Length overall (LOA)
Power: 60hp four-stroke Honda outboard
Range: Near-shore, upriver and protected areas only

Vitruvius is an 18' center console Maritime Skiff. She is our smallest research vessel, used primarily for upriver and estuary work in the lower Saco River. Vitruvius can also be trailered and used for research in areas outside of Saco Bay. 


R/V Llyr

23' LOA
Power: 225hp four-stroke Honda outboard
Range: Near-shore Gulf of Maine to 12 miles offshore

The Llyr is a 23' center console Maritime Skiff with 175hp outboard, our workhorse used for both near-shore work and research up to 12 miles offshore. 


R/V Sharkology

35' LOA
Power: Twin 300hp outboard
Range: Coastal Gulf of Maine to greater than 12 miles offshore 

The Sharkology is the newest addition to our research fleet. She is a 35' Marlin fishing vessel with twin 300hp outboards used for offshore work, primarily large pelagic fisheries research.


R/V Sakohki

32' LOA
Power: Twin four-stroke outboards, horsepower to be determined
Range: To be determined

The R/V Sakohki will be our most versatile at-sea education and research platform. When complete, she will be capable of transporting and engaging an entire class in hands-on research.


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