Boats and vehicles

ESP owns four vehicles which may be used for teaching and research activities. The Chevy Suburban and Ford F-250 truck are available for general use, whereas the Chevy Camouflage Diesel Blazer is dedicated to the towing of boats. There is also a new Ford Expedition available, but use of this vehicle must be cleared with Dr. R. Chris Jones before scheduling.  A mileage charge is assessed for use. Drivers are required to have a valid US driver’s license.

ESP also has a number of boats for use in research and teaching. The boats are housed on trailers at the Boat Compound on Roberts Road. These boats include a Sea Ox (23 ft.), Polar Kraft (19 ft.), Boston Whaler (14 ft.) and two Carolina Skiffs (25 ft. and 23 ft.). These boats have a daily charge associated with their use and must have an approved boat driver on board. In addition, there several canoes are available for use.  These boats may be utilized by Mason faculty and students, with permission.

To reserve a boat and/or a vehicle, please send an email request with as much information as possible to the ESP Webmaster. You will be notified by email about your reservation once it is approved by ESP.

The ESP Boat and Vehicle Calendar is updated every season (typically runs from March-September). It is helpful to view the current ESP Boat and Vehicle reservation calendar to check availability before sending a request. The calendar is a PDF that shows only the dates for which there is upcoming activity.

Please download and complete a vehicle request form containing your request information, mileage accrued, department account number to be billed (instruction or lab or grant) once you have reserved a vehicle. This form must be returned to the ESP department office after vehicle use.