Scientist planning to routinely use the small boat for science sampling from Healy are required to bring and wear an MSD 900 or equivalent dry suit.
HEALY carries one 38 foot aluminum hull cargo boat (LCVP) as part of normal outfit. If a mission requires, HEALY can carry a second cargo boat or 38 foot arctic survey boat (ASB) based on the same design but with a cabin to accommodate counter space and power for limited science operations independent of the ship. These boats are launched by crane and require good environmental conditions for launch and recovery. HEALY also carries two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) that are seven meters in length. Each RHIB is launched with Miranda type launch and recovery system, which can be used in a wide variety of weather/sea conditions and can accommodate up to 9 passengers. Ice and weather conditions will dictate whether small boats can be safely operated in support of scientific operations. Small boat support needs should be addressed as part of the cruise planning process.