Our vessels

Plymouth University has a fleet of vessels ranging from a large Aluminium Survey vessel to smaller work boats.

RV Falcon Spirit is a 14 metre aluminium catamaran configured as a flexible platform for teaching and research.

It is used extensively for oceanographic and biological sampling as well as hydrographic survey. To support this, it has lifting capability via a stern H-frame, a variety of mounting points for survey equipment and both dry and wet laboratory spaces.

Plymouth University’s sail training vessel Take The Helm (a Dufor 445 built in 2012)

Coded to sail 60 nautical miles from a safe haven, she is equipped with a galley, teaching area, 6 berths, all modern navigational aids and a heater! Weekend sailing with appropriately qualified students is a great way to build experience and confidence.

Dive support vessels

Two of our vessels regularly undertake the role of dive support vessel as well as other support roles for teaching and research.

We have three types of small powerboats, namely Polar Cirkel workboats, an Orkney Day-Angler, and an Arancia inflatable which many will recognise from its usual role of lifeguards surf-rescue boat.

These are used in a variety of dive support, student and research project sampling and coastal survey roles. They can accommodate three to eight persons and are either coded by the Maritime Coastguard Agency or licensed by Plymouth City Council.