We have assembled quite an armada of boats for conducting our research! The main boat we have used is a 26 foot cabin cruiser that's named.... you guessed it..... the "Wildcat." This boat was purchased with funds from the National Science Foundation in 1987 and has been used nearly every summer since.
We have studied geology as far north as Skagway (Alaska) and as far south as Bella Bella (British Columbia), covering ~over 1500 miles of coastline. I doubt many other 26 foot boats have covered this much of the coast, well, except for the old-time gold panners who would row hand-made wooden boats all the way from California to Alaska....