Boating Safety Program

UH Hilo Boats

The Marine Science Department maintains a number of boats for education and research. Questions about the boats or reserving time on the boats, please contact the Marine Science Boating Program Coordinator, John Burns .

Makani ʻAha

MARE Boat with a rainbow in the background

  • Makani 'Aha means "Four Winds"
  • 38ft Catamaran
  • Built in 2010, and repowered in 2012 with twin 305 Cummins diesel engines
  • Hydraulic A-frame, winch, and windlass
  • 1000 Watt Xantrex Prowatt Power Inverter
  • Garmin GPS, 50/200 khz sounder
  • Fresh and salt water rinse
  • Long range communications
  • Marine Toilet
  • First Aid Equipped

Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay boat floating on water

  • 27ft Catamaran
  • 2 Yamaha 150hp Engines
  • Trailerable
  • Garmin 1040xsv Navigation
  • Freshwater Tank
  • SCUBA Tank Storage
  • Boarding Ladder
  • First Aid Equipped

Rigid Hull Inflatables

Rigid Inflateable Boat with student crew aboard

  • GPS, 50/200 kHz sounder
  • Trailerable

April Maru

April Maru boat in background, swimmer in foreground

  • "Maru" is Japanese for "Circle", ensuring a safe return.
  • GPS, 50/200 kHz sounder
  • Trailerable


GlassPro boat

  • 19ft GlassPro with 8ft 3in beam
  • 115 Yamaha Outboard Motor with 43-gallon fuel capacity
  • Cuddy cabin with dry storage
  • Trailerable
  • All equipment meets USCG safety requirements

UH Hilo Boats at the Harbor

MARE Boat with a rainbow in the background