Our Boats

The mission of Friends of Casco Bay/Casco Baykeeper is to improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. We can’t do that without a BOAT. And we couldn’t have a boat without YOU!

The generous support of our Baykeeper Boats Fund donors helped us buy and retrofit R/V Joseph E. Payne and create a fund to maintain our small fleet. Our Baykeeper boat is essential to investigate pollution incidents, maintain visibility in the community, and conduct scientific studies and data collection. Our boat is one of our most important tools, plying our waters through all four seasons.

Learn about our Baykeeper Boats Fund


The Research Vessel Joseph E. Payne

Research Vessel Joseph E. Payne, named after our Casco Baykeeper, Emeritus (Photo by Dennis Welsh)

Research Vessel Joseph E. Payne, named after our Casco Baykeeper, Emeritus
(Photo by Dennis Welsh)

Thanks to our donors to the Baykeeper Boats Fund Campaign, we bought and retrofitted a Maine-built, lobster-style boat that we use to patrol the Bay, investigate pollution, and conduct research. Our Baykeeper Boat is an AJ28 made by Alan Johnson in Winter Harbor, Maine. Before being christened on September 12, 2013, the boat was retrofitted by Yankee Marina & Boatyard and New England Fiberglass to include special attributes that will enhance our work.


Length: 28’ Beam: 10’4” Draft: 2’4”
Power: Inboard Yanmar 370 HP Diesel
Cruising speed: 24 knots (28 mph)
Construction materials: Fiberglass
Designer/Builder: Alan Johnson – AJ Enterprises, Winter Harbor, Maine
Special attributes that will enhance the work of Friends of Casco Bay:
Fast, seaworthy, fuel efficient, open work deck, wider beam, diesel inboard
Retrofit by: Yankee Marina & Boatyard, Yarmouth, and New England Fiberglass, Portland
New features:

  • Removable electric davit for deploying heavy equipment such as a sediment grab
  • Power inverter to run equipment such as computers, video recorder, and lighting
  • Reinforced bow and stern with extra layers of fiberglass to protect hull from winter ice
  • Recirculating pumps and extra filters for oil, fuel, and cooling fluid
  • Boarding ladder for divers
  • State-of-the-art chart plotte




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Our Pumpout Boat with Pumpout Captain Jim Splude

The BAYKEEPER II, a 21-foot Alcar Environmental, is our Ambassador on the Bay. The boat was modified to our specifications in 1995 with a 300-gallon holding tank for sewage. The Pumpout Boat, as it’s also known, has removed over 90,000 gallons of raw sewage from recreational boats’ marine toilets for shoreside disposal. Purchased with funding from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the EPA, it not only pumps out boaters’ heads from July through October, it serves as a model for marinas and coastal communities interested in starting their own pumpout programs and as an additional research vessel. You can always recognize the BAYKEEPER II; on its stern is a “tattoo” of Wanda, a fish holding an umbrella, the symbol for the EPA’s national Pumpout Program (affectionately named after the movie, A Fish Called Wanda). It, too, sports an environmentally friendly, Honda four-stroke 130 HP engine.


The Whaler

The Whaler is how we refer to our invaluable 14-foot Boston whaler that was donated by Barbara Hadlock of Freeport. Easy to hoist and easy to trailer anywhere, it can respond at a moment’s notice to a call for back-up coverage for our Water Quality Monitors or to conduct research in places that aren’t accessible to our larger vessels.


Boat Maintenance

Volunteers can assist with fall winterizing and spring pre-launch preparation for our boats. Projects include painting, cleaning and general boat repairs. If you are interested in helping with these tasks, please contact Peter Milholland.