R/V Kalipi


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.

Project Highlights:

In the 2022 field season the vessel was chartered for 25 day trips by a variety of researchers from all across the university. Projects were largely based out of Newport, OR this year and included:

  • Oceanographic glider deployments
  • Hydroacoustic whale studies
  • Long term monitoring of the Oregon Marine Reserves
  • Mooring deploemnt and recovery for nearshore oceanographic instrument packeges

We are planning on continuing to support these research efforts and expanding!

  • Aluminum hull 29’ x 10’ 6”
  • Volvo KAD44 260HP 6 cylinder diesel engine
  • 192 US gal diesel fuel tank
  • Yamaha T25TLRB 25HP 4 stroke outboard engine
  • 12 US Gal Petrol Fuel Tank
  • Cruising Speed of 18 Knots in Optimum Conditions
  • Kinematics hydraulic deck winch (2,000lbs limit)
  • Custom hydraulic Aframe (500lbs limit)
  • Open transom with swim platform and ladder
  • Mooring cleats capable of lifting the boat with crane (Launching from Crane or Sling)
  • Central ADCP well
  • Raw water washdown system
  • EPIRB, life vests, life raft and survival suits onboard
  • Capacity for up to 7 persons
  • Enclosed cabin with forced air heater
  • Marine Sanitation Device (Toilet)
  • Electronic bottom profiler
  • Radar
  • Coastal Explorer navigation software
  • Manual marine toilet
  • Large central table
  • 110v inverter with plugins
  • Open deck space
  •  Triple axel trailer
  • Forward berthing area for dry storage
  • Large central hold in aft deck for wet storage
Operational Limits:
  • < 7’ combined seas
  • < 15kt winds
  • < 40 mile range and up to 30miles offshore
Costs:  Day rate + travel expenses
  • $850 / day internal with operator + travel
  • $1,072 / day external with operator + travel
  • $130 / day deckhand fee (if needed)


Our Mission:

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.

R/V Trophy


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.

Project Highlights:

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.

  • 2005 Trophy 1902 Walk Around
  • Fiberglass Hull 19’ 01” x 8’ 0”
  • 2005 115hp Mercury EFI 4stroke outboard engine
  • 55 US gal petrol fuel tank
  • Low transom with swim ladder
  • Raw water washdown system
  • Capacity 7 persons or 1155 lbs.
  • Windshield with soft dry cabin canopy option
  • Electronic bottom profiler
  • Lowrance HDS10 GPS
  • 12v charger plugins
  • 4v USB charging plugins
  • Open deck space
  •  Double axel trailer
  • Forward berthing area for dry storage
Operational Limits:
  • < 5’ combined seas
  • < 10kt winds
  • < 20 mile range
Costs:  Day rate + travel expenses
  • $TBD / day internal with operator
  • $TBD / day external with operator
  • $TBD / day internal
  • $TBD / day external
  • $TBD / day deckhand fee

Boat Use Calander:


Paddle Craft

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.