Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3146
207-563-3119 (fax)

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R/V Ira C.Ira C.Ira C.

The Darling Marine Center has a fleet of boats available for charter including two 16' skiffs and three custom-build uninspected research vessels: 23' Silversides, 26' Nucella and 42" Ira C. A full-time Captain operates the two largest vessels, and oversees all vessel operations to ensure safety. Users of the smaller boats must meet minimum DMC and University of Maine certification requirements. An 18’ jib crane capable of lifting 2000 pounds is available for loading heavy oceanographic sampling gear.R/V Ira C.'s helm

To guarantee vessel availability, we recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible by contacting. For more information or to make reservations, contact Robbie Downs, Captain, by email at rldowns@maine.edu, or by phone at 207-563-8306 or 207-581-5306.

Charter rates can be found on our fees page.

 

 


R/V Ira C.R/V Ira C.
42' LOA • 14' Beam • 6' Draft
Powered by a Volvo 162C Diesel @ 510hp
Trolling valve allows .5-2knots
14 knots, 25 gallons/hour • 7 knots, 5 gallons/hour
2-300 gallon fuel tanks usable capacity 550 gallons

Launched in 2000, the Ira C. is the flagship of the DMC fleet. Based on a traditional Maine lobster boat, it has a 42' fiberglass Wesmac hull with a stretched and split wheelhouse. A large open deck and counter/lab space in the wheelhouse make the Ira C. a stable and versatile platform for teaching and research projects along the Maine coast. The Ira C. can carry up to 24 students.

 

Single phase 120v A/C electric power available on two separate buses supplied by:

Electronics / Navigation Safety / Survival Deck Systems

An 18' jib crane capable of lifting 2000 pounds is available for loading large oceanographic sampling gear.


26' LOA • 9' 3" Beam •
3' Draft (with engines down)
Powered by twin 200hp outboards
25 knots cruising speed (weather/seas permitting)
two fuel tanks with a total capacity of 180 gallons

The Nucella was custom built for us by Winninghoff Boats, Rowley, MA. With an aluminum semi-vee hull, cabin and open deck, dive door and twin outboards, she is an efficient and stable platform for estuarine and near shore scuba research. The Nucella is operated out of the Darling Marine Center from May-October. The aft deck measures 7' x 9" and the main cabin has two 2.5' x 3' shelves (upper and lower) and a 1.51 x 4' work bench/seat on the port side.

Electronics

Safety / Survival Extra

R/V SilversidesR/V Silversides

23' LOA • 8' Beam • 3' Draft (with engine down)'
Powered by 130 hp Honda outboard
20 knots cruising speed (weather/seas permitting)
Fuel capacity of 60 gallons
Trailerable

 

Silversides is a 23' aluminum boat with a deep-vee hull and a center-console cockpit. It operates less than 3 nautical miles from land from May – October.

Electronics

Safety / Survival

Extra


16' Lund
25ph outboard engine
Trailerable
Generally used as a yard boat, but limited local, off site use is possible.

16' Carolina Skiff
40ph outboard
Trailerable
Generally used as a yard boat, but limited local, off site use is possible.