Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) has several vessels equipped to support a variety of fieldwork. We provide a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain to operate all Mote vessels, and staff are experienced field researchers, fully trained American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific divers, and extremely knowledgeable about the nearby habitats.

R/V Lady Lynne

R/V Lady Lynne is a 250foot Parker with twin 200 horsepower Mercury four-stroke engines, and is Mote-IC2R3’s primary offshore research vessel. It is capable of carrying up to 11 people (plus captain), or eight divers with full gear (plus captain), and can cruise comfortably at 30 knots. Overall fuel capacity allows for a working range of more than 300 miles. Ample space below provides storage for equipment, a folding table provides a workspace for computers or laptops, and both 12-volt DC and 110-volt AC power is available. A large, rear dive platform and custom dive ladder allow for easy entry and exit with gear and equipment.

R/V Parker 3 and R/V Claira G.

R/V Parker 3 and R/V Claira G. are also 25-foot Parkers, each with twin 150-horsepower, Mercury four-stroke engines. They are capable of carrying up to six people or divers with full gear (plus captain), and can cruise comfortably at 30 knots. With flatter hull designs and smaller fuel capacities, these two vessels are primarily for nearshore operations, or limited offshore operations near the lab, with smaller groups. Both vessels have ample space below for equipment storage, and a large rear dive platform makes entry and exit with gear and equipment easy.

R/V Eugenie Clark

The R/V Eugenie Clark (46 feet), based year-round at Mote's main facility in Sarasota, is also available by special arrangement for extended offshore operations in the Keys.

Boat Launch

For non-Mote visiting scientists wishing to trailer and launch their own vessels, several small boat ramps are located nearby, and ample dock space is available. Several boat rental businesses are also conveniently located on Summerland Key for those wishing to rent small boats for use without IC2R3 staff assistance. In addition, a variety of kayaks are maintained onsite for visitor use at no additional charge.


A variety of kayaks are maintained onsite for use by visitors at no additional charge. Both sit-inside and sit-on-top styles, in both singles and doubles, are available. A convenient launching area only steps from the apartments makes launching easy.

Contact Erich Bartels, Marine Operations, for cost and availability of IC2R3 vessels and field support.

Here is information about our visitor support and scuba requirements/training.