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R/V Capricorn

boatThe R/V Capricorn is a 48′ Defender Yacht built in 1980. She can accommodate up to 20 passengers plus crew. The cabin provides space for laboratory instrumentation, as well as facilities for navigation, communication, and living aboard. Her large deck and hydraulic A-frame provides the capability for trawls and equipment deployment.

While primarily configured for university groups, we have a limited ability to accommodate other school groups, under the following conditions:

» High School Groups (9th – 12th Grade):  1 adult chaperone per 10 students

» Middle School Groups (6th – 8th Grade):  1 adult chaperone per 5 students; Students must wear life jackets;

» Elementary School Groups (5th grade and lower): we are unable to accommodate this age group


R/V Capricorn usage and fees:

» The R/V Capricorn must be operated by a USCG licensed, IMS approved boat captain.
» 4 hour minimum billing on all trips.
» Price includes captain and one crew member at regular time. Additional crew or overtime/weekend/holiday hours will incur additional costs.
» Need for additional crew depends on multiple factors and is at the discretion of the captain.

Base charges:

1.  $100.00 per hour regular time (up to 8 hours weekdays) and/or
2.  $125.00 per hour overtime (weekdays over 8 hours, Saturdays, holidays) plus
3.  $80.00 Preparation and cleanup fee plus
4.  Fuel charge = gallons used @ current price per gallon plus
5.  Additional required personnel beyond Captain and one mate at hourly cost.

There is a half day minimum for all uses on the R/V Capricorn.

Estimates on fuel and personnel costs will be available on request.

Saturday trips will depend on crew availability. The R/V Capricorn is not available on Sundays.


» GM 60 series 625 hp turbocharged
» 11Kw Kohler generator 110-240 ac
» Hydraulic winch with “A” frame and new cables, lifting cap. 2000 lbs. 45-90 degrees
» 16′ wide and 48′ long (LOA)
» Draft: 4.5 – 5 ft.
» 370 gallon fuel tank
» Reserve fuel tanks, hold up to 2600 gallons
» Cruising speed: 12 mph
» Top speed: 16 mph
» Hydraulic trim tabs
» 250 gallons fresh water
» 25 man life raft
» EPIRB and all required safety equipment

Navigation & Communication:

» Furuno Chartplotter / 36 mile Radar / Fishfinder 10-1500 ft.
» Autopilot
» VHF ship/ shore
» Garmin GPS Chartplotter / Fishfinder


» Microwave
» Refrigerator
» Storage below
» 62 µm plankton net
» Wash down hoses
» 35 ft. trawl
» AC / Heat
» Experienced crew

Questions or reservations:

Stacy Davis

Facilities Manager
252-726-6841 x142


Small Boats

IMS has a small fleet of vessels available for use by both IMS and non-IMS users. Different rates and restrictions will apply.

» All vessels must be operated by an IMS certified boat captain.
» Costs do not include fuel. Fuel costs will be in addition to hourly rates.
» Overtime costs for personnel will be assessed after 8 hours on weekdays.
» Overtime costs for personnel will be assessed all day for Saturdays and holidays.
» Fuel and overtime personnel charges will be assessed at current cost.
» Additional boat requirements can be found in the IMS Small Boat Policy. (link to document)

Small boats

» Trailered flat boats are for inshore use only.
» Offshore (beyond COLREGS line) use of 25′ Parker requires USCG licensed captain.
» Two hour minimum use.
» Hourly rate begins when boat leaves IMS property and ends when boat returns.

Available vessels include:
17′  Jones Brother Bateau
22′  Jones Brother Bateau (qty 2)
24′  Carolina Skiff
25′  Parker (semi-V) with 300 hp. Outboard

Small boat fees

Non UNC-CH user:

» $250.00 per day or $31.25 per hour; plus
» $30.00 per hour for IMS boat captain.

UNC-CH user:

» $150.00 /day or $18.75/ hour if self-captained; (*Note captain must be IMS certified) or
» $150.00 /day, plus $30.00 /hour for IMS boat captain.

IMS user:
General use IMS purchased boats

» $150.00 /day or $18.75 /hour if self-captained; (*Note captain must be IMS certified) or
» $150 /day plus $30/hour for IMS boat captain.

Questions or reservations:

Stacy Davis
252-726-6841 ext 142


The UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and abides by their standards.

Diving Document Downloads:

For more information concerning the IMS dive program, contact:

Steve Broadhurst
Dive Safety Officer


IMS has a small, basic dorm facility. There are separate student and faculty accommodations. Use of the UNC IMS dormitory must be for UNC-CH or Marine Science related activities.

Student accommodations:

» Two bunk rooms – one for female students, one for male students. Each bunk room can sleep 8.
» Towels and linens are not provided.

Faculty accommodations:

» Two rooms are available. One room sleeps two people (2 twin beds), and one room sleeps four (2 bunk beds)
» Common room with microwave and refrigerator.
» Towels and linens are provided.

*Note there are no cooking facilities. There is a bbq available on the common deck space.


Reservations may be made in advance. How far in advance depends on your affiliation:

» UNC IMS/EMES individuals/groups: 12 months in advance.
» UNC-CH individuals/groups: 6 months in advance.
» Other groups: Reservations may be made up to 3 months in advance.


» Student accommodations: $10 per night per person
» Faculty accommodations: $30 per night for one bedroom; $60 for both bedrooms

Check In/Out:

» Check In 3:00 PM.  If you need to check in after 5:00 PM arrangements can be made.
» Check Out 10:00 AM.

Cancellation Policy:

» Two weeks notice prior to scheduled stay is required.
» Groups will be responsible for the cost of all reserved beds that are not cancelled at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled stay.

Questions / Reservations:

To make a reservation please complete the IMS Dorm Reservation Form and email it to Deanna Good.
For additional information and any questions, contact Ms. Napier at 252-726-6841 ext 120.

Of Special Note

Depending on your length of stay, and your affiliations with IMS, you may be required to have an IMS-performed background check before your reservation can be finalized.

If you are required to have a background check, you are required to bear all associated costs, which typically range between $50 – 80 per person.

Keep in mind that you should allow 1-2 weeks to process a background check.

UNC-Chapel Hill students and all individuals under the age of 18 and in high school are exempt from this policy.

When calling to inquire about a reservation, Ms Napier will be able to let you know if you are required to have a background check or not.



Conference Rooms and Classrooms

The Institute has a number of shared spaces:

» Seminar room (max. capacity 75)

» Downstairs conference rooms (seat 12+)

» Upstairs conference rooms (seat 12+)

» Teaching classroom (seats 18)

» Teaching lab

AV and Computing

IMS has three Zoom rooms. While easy to use, they do require you to bring a laptop or mobile device to share content. No in-room PCs are available.

» Seminar Zoom room (222) has 1080p projector, three large displays and a touch podium display PC. Room Calendar

» Downstairs conference/Zoom room (131) has large display, 1080p projector and whiteboard. Room Calendar

» Upstairs conference/Zoom room (271) has dual 64″ displays, and whiteboard. Room Calendar

» Teaching classroom (127) has 1080p projector and whiteboard. Room Calendar

All rooms have Wi-Fi eduroam, UNC-PSK, and guest internet access.