MANTA owns an 80 foot Burger yacht that is berthed in Charleston, SC, aptly named the M/Y MANTA Burger yachts are among the most highly regarded yacht in the world. This private yacht was donated to MANTA in 2018, and now serves as our Charleston base of operations, and a platform and presence for outreach and fund-raising to help fund the organization’s marine science activities. You can charter this beautiful classic yacht for a harbor cruise or your next special occasion in Charleston! All proceeds support MANTA. Please visit for more information.

R/V MANTA is powered by two 720 hp Detroit Diesel Engines, and is equipped with two Northern Lights generators (32 kw and 55 kw) that provide more than ample electricity for all our needs. She sleeps 12 in very comfortable accommodations with 8 air-conditioning zones, 4 showers and 4 heads with vacuum flush toilets. The galley is fully equipped with household refrigerator/freezer, an upright chest freezer, drink cooler, ice maker, dishwasher, induction cooktop/oven, microwave, disposal, and all the comforts of home. We carry 2500 gallons of fuel and 1200 gallons of water, which can be replenished with a 500 gallon per day watermaker. A spacious foredeck, cockpit, and swim platform are ideal for outdoor fun. We also have two rigid hull inflatable tenders for shuttling passengers to and from shore. In addition to being a luxury yacht, we have microscopes and other education equipment on board for adults and kids to learn about marine critter during their cruise!