FGCU Vester Marine Lab Facilities

Vessel Fleet

20' Deck Boat

This vessel is ideal for transporting field equipment and personnel to research sites. It is powered by a 50-hp Honda motor for fuel efficiency. Additional features include bench seats and bimini top.

20' Pontoon Boat

This vessel is ideal for transporting students and instructors to classroom study sites. It is powered by a 70-hp Evinrude motor. Capacity is 10 persons.

25' C-Hawk

This vessel is powered by twin 175 -hp Johnson motors. Complete complement of electronics. Features include a wheelhouse, large deck area, and dive ladder.

27' Grady White Sailfish

This 1999 cabin cruiser is ideal for offshore research and is powered by twin 200-hp Yamaha motors. Includes head, freshwater washdown, fish/depth finder, chart plotter, GPS, and dive ladder.

30' Pontoon Barge

This vessel is powered by a new 300-hp Mercury Verado motor. Large wooden deck also has two 1-ton davits mounted on bow. This very sturdy vessel can accommodate a diversity of research projects that need a large deck area for equipment. Geologic core-boring equipment/use exemplify previous uses for this vessel.

17' Center Console

2004 Sea Pro center console powered by 90-hp Yamaha motor. GPS/ depth finder and dive ladder.

19' Carolina Skiff

This vessel is ideal for research crews to study the shallow estuary. It is a 2004 Center Console powered by a 90-hp 4-stroke Yamaha motor. Capacity is 6 persons.


21 canoes and 2 kayaks are available for use in the local waterways. Personal flotation devices (PFD’s) and paddles are available.