Vessel Chartering

Marine Operations maintains a fleet of vessels available for charter by (but not restricted to) the university community. Among these vessels are the all-weather passenger vessel M/V Columbia Point, the 46ft stern buoy tender R/V Looney, M/V Avon, and the 24ft Landing Craft. (For detailed information about the vessels, please refer to the Vessels page.)

Charters Specialty

Science-at-Sea - This 3-hour hands-on science cruise will introduce you to the marine world above and below the seas. Designed for all ages and can be customized to meet your educational requirements, up to 60 people.

*2 weeks advanced noticed requiredSpecial rates apply. Please call for details.

Island Adventure - On this 3-hour excursion you will get off the boat and spend an hour plus exploring one of the many Boston Harbor Islands natural wonders. Popular destinations include Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks, and Lovell’s Islands.

USS Constitution - You and your colleagues can take a 2-hour narrated inner harbor tour including a turn-around in front of, starting again in 2018, the oldest commissioned naval vessel in the United States.

For more details regarding specialty charters, please visit our Choose Your Cruise page.


Vessel Support

Vessel support services include power supply (120/240V), fresh water, small boat hauling, power washing, mooring service, diving inspection, and boat tendering.


UMass Boston is now partnering with Courageous Sailing to bring free sailing to UMass students and Faculty, as well as rentals to the Dorchester public.


Marine Operations manages two dock facilities:

  1. The John T. Fallon Pier located in front of the JFK Library. This is a full service facility including; shore power, fresh water, 31/2 ton crane service, locked entry, security and lighting, one 50 ft float w/gangways, 171 ft large vessel dock face, and a dredged access channel (-13 ML W)
  2. The Fox Point Dock located in the Savin Hill Cove at UMass Boston. The dock is weather protected and offers an 80 ft main float with three 60 ft finger floats for smaller vessels. This facility is fortified with steel pilings 50A shore power, and a quarter barge for secure storage.  


Marine Operations maintains 30 inspected moorings for the university community.  

Fox Point Pavilion

Marine Operations has a beautiful environmentally friendly gazebo located at the water's edge, overlooking the harbor. The Fox Point Pavilion is open to the university community and patrons of the harbor walkway as well as groups wishing to reserve the space for special gatherings. 

Boat Shop

Marine Operations has a full-service boat shop located on campus with welding, machine shop, wood working, and engineering capabilities.

For more information on the DMO's services, please call 617.287.5404.