Research Vessel

Our floating classroom, laboratory, dive boat, dormitory, and research platform is an 80 foot luxury Burger yacht named the R/V MANTA Burger yachts are among the most highly regarded luxury yacht in the world. This private yacht was donated to MANTA in 2018 by Mr. Mark Epstein, and has been transformed into MANTA’s research vessel and program platform. This yacht is Stable! Safe! Comfortable! and Very well equipped!

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 18 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. With on board scuba compressors to fill tanks R/V MANTA is equipped to operate in remote locations for extended periods of time. A spacious foredeck, cockpit, and dive platform are ideal for prepping and executing dives directly from the yacht. We also have two rigid hull inflatable tenders with outboard motors that are deployed from the flybridge crane for diving or shuttling passengers and cargo. In addition to a full complement of SCUBA gear, MANTA has a wide array of science equipment, including microscopes, laptops, dive cameras/video, SCUBA-based survey equipment, and much more. The R/V MANTA is maintained to the highest standards, and safety is the TOP priority.  Our vessel is compliant with all U.S. Coast Guard safety standards and is equipped with DAN diving first aid safety equipment, a cell phone, and satellite phone. All staff are CPR and First Aid certified.