• Draft: 10′
  • Beam: 28′
  • Rig Height: 58′
  • Freeboard: 3ft aft
  • Tons: 194
  • Hull: steel


The Research Vessel (R/V) Weatherbird II is the flagship of the FIO fleet. The 115-foot, 194-ton vessel has Berthing for a Crew of 7 and a Science Party of 13 and can accommodate more for educational day cruises. With 780 square feet of working deck space and 200 square foot of wet laboratory space, the vessel is capable of voyaging throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and parts of the Atlantic.
The Weatherbird II is homeported in Bayboro Harbor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg Campus. Her mission is to provide a sea-going platform for oceanographic and marine science education and research at sea.


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