Vessel Operations

Indy 7


Indy 7 is a diesel inboard powered engine. Originally built in 1964 to be used with the rest of the navy fleet in the Vietnam war. Indy was used primarily to shuttle supplies and crew to and from the shore. In 1980 Indy was taken over by Hudson River Cruises. 12 years later Indy 7 got her coast guard approval and was used for hourly tours to the Kingston lighthouse. Indy was later sold to Captain Donald Taube. Captain Taube worked with supporters to keep Indy 7 in great running condition. Captain Donald Taube sadly passed on later in the year. After 3 years Indy 7 was given to the New York  Harbor School. She was our first training vessel. The school uses her for practicing leaving and mooring at pier 101, man overboard drills, abandon ship drills, fire drills, and how to use the U.S coast guard approved visual distress signals. Indy 7 is a great boat that has been running for many years and hopefully will continue that way for many more years of vessel ops classes to practice with and take care of.



Privateer is a 48 ft. Coast Guard buoy tender that was giving to the school from the Staten Island ferry. Many of our boats have a unique attribute but what makes Privateer unique is that she has a pilothouse. Harbor school can operate the boat in any weather and the crew will be safe inside. Having Privateer gives us an opportunity to be on the water all year around. Another great attribute Privateer has is the A-Frame in the stern of the vessel. The crane is hydraulically operated, has a capacity of 5,000 lbs., and it helps out BOP a lot with taking out and putting in oyster cages. Privateer also has a Z- Drive. A Z- Drive is a propeller mounted on a pod that can turn 360 degrees. With the Z- Drive Privateer is highly maneuverable and can go almost anywhere, also there is no need for a rudder and gives the vessel ability to move in any direction.

Attractive Nusiance


Attractive Nuisance is a gasoline outboard engine. She is the Billion Oyster Project vessel that is primarily used for transporting oysters to reefs and hanging oyster cages. She does travel at very high rates of speed, which makes dropping oysters at reefs a fast and efficient process. Attractive Nuisance sometimes does work as a safety boat for the 420 sailors and rowing races. Vessel Ops and the Waterfront Club used Attractive Nuisance to practice small boat handling and docking. Overall, she is a multipurpose vessel and we are very fortunate to have her on our fleet.

Virginia maitland sachs


Virginia is a T-boat small passenger vessel and was designed with money donated by Clay Maitland and was named after his mother. She was specifically made for the Billion Oyster Project and the Harbor School. Virginia is 28 feet and 2 inches in length with a beam of 10 feet and 4 inches. She is one of our fastest boats with a gas outboard engine. Her bow is a ramp that can be used to easily load oyster cages and passengers off the boat, making it easier for scuba divers to get off the boat.




Sirius is a LUXURY sailing YACHT that was a donation from Kings Point Sailing Foundation. We have a long term relationship with their boat donation program. We operate and maintain their donated vessels as part of our training fleet. The Sirius is one of two Hunter 38 cruising sloops we have taken on. We use the vessels for short day sails. 

Stephenson Pope


The Babcock brothers donated the money for the boat in memory of one of their brothers. The MST students began work in 2010. The planking was completed 2016. The topsides construction started 2017 and the projected launch is June 2017. The design, called a New York Sloop, was typical 19th century work boat for miscellaneous cargo. It then evolved into a sandbagger racing yacht and is considered the birth of yacht racing in NY. The design is copied from the book American Small Sailing Craft, written by historian Howard CHAPEL.

Diablo Grande


Diablo Grande is an 18 foot outboard vessel with a gasoline powered engine. Diablo was built by the Marine Systems Technology CTE program. Launched March 2016, she has been used for small boat handling practice, tending to our oyster cages, and shuttling to other boats docked on our moorings. She can fit a total of 6 people. Plus with a Yamaha outboard engine, she can go very fast. Vessel Operations uses Diablo the most and takes very good care of her.



Diablo is one of our most used training vessels. It is a manual outboard that we always have to carry by hand in and out of the water. She is most commonly used within the cove where we keep our vessels being that she is used for training in docking and handling. Diablo is also a fully wood hull. This makes deploying and retrieving her a difficult task which often takes many people. While Diablo may be our most versatile vessel for completing tasks she helps every student get a grip on how steer and shift gears safely.

420's Sailing Fleet



The fleet arrived in 2012, There are six altogether but  use two at a time. They were purchased from the Rochester yacht club by parents of students who attended the harbor school. The sails were donated by Fordham University in the Bronx, which is why they have, "Rams” written on them. The 420 is named for being 4.20 meters long, just about 14 ft. They are designed to be sailed competitively by two people, but you can squeeze a third for fun. They are not very stable boats and require excellent weight placement to be sailed well. The weight of the sailors is what keeps the boat from being capsized by the wind, but also can be the reason for a capsize. the steadiest wind is still always changing so being able to pay attention, analyze, react quickly and athletically is important. Capsizing is a relatively common occurrence in routine 420 sailing, and especially if the breeze is up or the sailors are pushing themselves to go as fast as possible. With practice, the boats are easy enough to right and continue sailing, but anyone getting in one needs to be prepared to get wet. Even if there are no capsizes, a wet crew is almost guaranteed so proper clothing is important. When it's colder out we wear dry suits. The boats are stored, derigged (sails off), and out of the water on a floating dock. This is because keeping them in the water would cause a lot of wear and tear on the rigging from wave action, and cause growth on the undersides. If the boats were on moorings they would also be prone to capsizing from ferry wakes and the masts (20 ft tall) could get stuck in the mud causing damage to the boat. A big part of getting ready for use is rigging the sails and rudders, and putting the boats in the water. This can take up to 30 min on each end of practice. We sail in a few different spots around the island, like the NorthEast corner around the tunnel vent and off the southern point. Our most common area now is along the western edge of buttermilk channel, between pier 101.



Work Skiffs


Work Skiffs are 16 foot aluminum hull boats that have outboard engines. Being aluminum makes the vessel lighter and easier to move. We use these vessels to do miscellaneous tasks that range from training and transportation, to having things like camera crews get a nice shot of our other vessels. The Skiffs are our most used training vessel because we can move them with smaller groups and they are easy to handle while improving boat handling skills.