R/V Coral Sea

The R/V Coral Sea is Cal Poly Humboldt's marine research vessel.

For the past 40 years, students and faculty have used the research vessel to study the ocean and its fisheries, wildlife, biology, chemistry, and geology. The Coral Sea acts as an outdoor classroom for our students and is also available for charter to faculty outside of Humboldt who need a research vessel with the Coral Sea's capabilities.

Onboard the Coral Sea with Oceanography 310


The Coral Sea was built in Santa Barbara, California in 1974 and purchased by Humboldt in 1998. Recently, the old engines were replaced with new diesel ones that are more fuel efficient and produce lower emissions.

The vessel's passenger capacity is 39 scientists with 5 crew and it has 15 bunks and a full galley. The deck is open and provides an excellent space for working with box cores, dredges, nets and other large oceanographic equipment. There is a 5,000 lb. A-frame and 2 ton knuckle boom on the main and upper decks, respectively. 

Students not directly involved in the current deck activity have a clear view in all directions from the top deck. Two laboratories inside the vessel offer plenty of space for working with marine specimens and keeping track of scientific data.

For the Coral Sea's current specifications and equipment

PDF icon View Brochure  Coral Sea Handbook



image grid of the inside of the deck


A Frame for instrumental deployment

Dry and Wet Laboratories

labs on the inside of the Coral Sea


Galley area on the boat

Berthing Area

Berthing area inside the boat

Deck Plan

Boat plan / floorplan