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Due to high demand for research boats at the station, visitors are unable to have exclusive use of vessels while at the station. Please plan accordingly. Visitors who require exclusive boat access can rent boats locally. Station personnel can assist with these arrangements.
1. Sign-up sheets for boats will be made available two weeks before the week to be scheduled. You can find the sign-up sheets at the station director’s office.
2. Boats can be signed out for use in the morning (7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), afternoon (1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) or all day.
3. With multiple users per boat it is now no longer possible to charge exactly for gas used. We have developed a fee schedule based on our data on average gas use for each boat over the last three years.
4. If you use the boats in the morning and return them after 1:00 p.m. you will be charged for a full day of use.
5. Time to refuel the boats will be at 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Murray (the station boat mechanic) will not be available to dispatch before or after these times. If you request a special time for refuel the boats you will send a request to Murray for you to refill them yourself.
6. Boat rides to Escudo de Veraguas, Peninsula de Valiente, Zapatilla Islands, Punta Vieja, Cayo Agua island, Popa North/East island and any place in Chiriquí Lagoon will pay fuel as well as the boat fee.
7. Boat maintenance, VIP visits, workshops and any course will have priority and the station manager will be in charge of booking the boats and assigning them for these special events. Special events that could limit boat usage for research will be posted on the station calendar.

SMALL BOATS POLICIES FOR STRI MARINE STATIONS

1. Users are responsible for ensuring that the boat contains sufficient fuel to reach their destination and return safely, a functioning communication radio, basic spare parts, tools, life preservers for all people aboard, and a set of oars. Contact the facility manager if any of these items are missing.
2. All small boats need to be operated by a person familiar with the machinery and with local waters. The boat manager in Naos or the facility manager (or a person specifically designated by the manager) in the other facilities, will determine whether scientists, visitors, and students meet these conditions, or whether they need to be accompanied by an additional person who does.
3. If the passengers will be scuba diving, a boat tender, who will remain on the boat, is necessary except under the following conditions:
• Diving done within sight of the station
• When the Boat Manager or the Facility Manager is satisfied that conditions at the diving site are such that the safety of the divers and the boat are assured, even in the absence of a boat tender.
4. If the passengers will be snorkeling in the vicinity of the anchored boat, no tender is necessary, except in areas of high wave action or current flow. The boat manager or the facility manager (or a person designated by the facility manager) will determine whether the conditions require a tender or not.

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