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 25-foot 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 six 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 large, rear dive platform and custom dive ladder allow for easy entry and exit with gear and equipment.

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.

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