How to begin your adventure

Click to download one page flyer about the Miniboat Program

Students around the world prepare, deploy, and track their very own miniboat (five-foot long unmanned sailboat) while learning about ocean currents, weather, technology, and more. Equipped with a GPS transmitter, they typically cross the ocean in several months driven by the wind and currents. When the boats land, students create transoceanic classrooms, connecting with different nations and cultures around the world. This multidisciplinary approach uses ocean literacy to empower students, creating citizen scientists and global environmental ambassadors.

How to get started

The Miniboat in a Box package comes with everything you need to get started, including boat parts, GPS transmitter, assembly instructions, assistance from EP staff, and a custom page on our website. The hull has a compartment for scientific sensors, messages, and trinkets. Some assembly is required – the
keel must be ballasted, keel and mast glued in place, hull painted with bottom paint, and GPS installed. This package includes position reports for the first year. | $2,300 with standard GPS



To order your miniboat use the Order Form available at


Assemble your miniboat-in-a-box (complete instructions included).


Set your miniboat to sea by working with the maritime community.


Follow the voyage on your miniboat’s very own webpage. Check out other boat tracks at


Dive into oceanographic information in our new Path Analysis Tool (PAT) where you can overlay forecasts, currents, and temperature on top of your miniboat track.


You can use your miniboat to explore any of the following:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)
  • Oceanography
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • Nautical History
  • Stewardship and Conservation


Share your story and make connections around the world, especially if your miniboat lands and is brought to another school.


If possible, refurbish and deploy your miniboat again and again to keep it sailing around the world.