The R/V Kalipi is a 29’ aluminum nearshore research vessel specifically built to be effective year round in the inland and nearshore coastal waters of Oregon. The vessel is capable of towing nets, deploying oceanographic equipment and supporting diving operations.
In the 2018 field season the vessel was chartered for 23 day trips by a variety of researchers from all across the university. Projects were largely based out of Newport, OR this year and included:
We are planning on continuing to support these research efforts and expanding to include vessel support for the Newport Hydrographic (NH) line, Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) and at the OSU Port Orford Field station.
The Oregon State University Research Office - Small Boat Program currently maintains and operates these small research vessels. Our goal is to provide safe, reliable and readily available access to the sea for OSU researchers and research collaborators.
The R/V Trophy is a 19' fiberglass nearshore research and training vessel recently donated to the OSU Boating Safety Program. The vessel is effective in the estuaries, inland and near coastal waters of Oregon. The vessel is capable of supporting diving operations as well as deploying and recovering small oceanographic equipment.
The R/V Trophy is used as a training vessel for the Motorboat Operator Training Course (MOTC) which is taught every year in Astoria and Newport, OR. In this three day intensive certification course boaters from all different backgrounds and experience levels learn the basics of small boat operation. The MOTC credential is nationally recognized by most major government agencies and serves as the minimum standard of training for all OSU research vessel operators. If you or someone you know is interested in taking the MOTC course please contact the OSU Small Boat Program for upcoming training dates.
The Small Boat Program does not maintain an inventory of paddle craft for research or educational use, but a wide variety of craft are available for rent through the OSU Adventure Leadership Institute.