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Support Boats

support boats

The Sled  preceded the Carolyn Dow as our primary vessel. This 25' flat-bottom boat is ideal for monitoring projects, and supports our sediment sampling and diving projects when the larger boat is unavailable. It draws less than one foot and can effectively operate in water 18-inches deep. The Sled is powered by twin 90hp outboards.


RSS started in 2002 from our 14’ seine skiff. Today we use the skiff when we need to shuttle crew and equipment from shore to ongoing sampling operations nearby. It is an excellent utility and support boat, and can be equipped for light sediment sampling and dive support in limited-access areas. It has a 50hp outboard and can be alternately fitted with a tow bitt or a davit.


We also have an Achilles inflatable available for shallow river work, crew support, and off-deck storage. It also allows us to access remote areas with divers and sampling equipment. The inflatable has a 20hp outboard and support for 12v accessories.

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