Dock Use Guidelines

The dock at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center serves the research activities of faculty, students, and staff of Bowdoin College. It is not intended for recreational use.

Access to Dock

Access to the dock is via a walkway located on the west side of the marine lab. No motorized vehicles are allowed past the entrance to the lab. There is a handicap-accessible ramp located on the north end of the walkway.

Float and Float Use

The dock is accessible by vessels that draw less than five feet of water and are of thirty-two feet in length or smaller. Engines should be turned off while boats are tied up. Lines should be coiled and out of the way of foot traffic.

There is no overnight dockage except by previous arrangement. Bailing is the responsibility of the primary boat user. There are no gasoline facilities or manual fueling allowed on the dock. Use of center “pool” (donut hole) is for in situ experiments and equipment calibration. The two twenty-foot long floats will be hauled in late fall for winter storage and returned in the early spring.

Gear and Equipment Storage

  • In-Season Storage: A storage area for boat users will be located in the north end (dock side) of the marine lab for gear and equipment. No fuel containers can be stored on-site.
  • Off-Season Storage: Equipment can be stored in the garage and barn. There is limited storage available for research gear. Please contact the SCSC caretaker for space requirements. Outboard motors should be serviced and stored by local businesses.

Storage area will be secured with a combination lock.

Report thefts directly to campus security, ext 3314.