Mango as illustrated by Aliyah Starr, Bella Bella Community School
Her name was Mango, Raincoast’s trusty 17.5 foot ‘Double Eagle’ speed boat. We bought the 1983-vintage hull in 2002 and her second new-to-us engine, a trusty Yamaha 115 HP, in 2012.
Supporting us through more than 10,000 nautical miles and over a decade of wolf and bear science, Mango also served as our main mode of transportation from our field station in Heiltsuk Territory. Often with our Heiltsuk colleagues at the helm, she transported Heiltsuk youth on field trips and internships. As a platform for research and education, she guided undergraduate and graduate students on their way to becoming the next generation of conservation scientists.
We say goodbye because her transom and floors have submitted after 14 years of fieldwork in remote coastal fjords and waterways. The constant moisture of her raincoast home has now overwhelmed her well-cared-for fibreglass and wood. Her canopy is in tatters, her seats rotting. For the safety of our crews and those we take aboard, we had no choice but to retire her.
From my experience during years of field research studying BC’s rain wolves, I can also attest to the importance of returning to a safe boat. Field days are long, and hours travelling through remote areas often in driving wind, rain and choppy seas require a vessel that can stand up to the elements.
The Mango was an incredible investment in 14 years of applied and community engaged conservation research and outreach. We are now looking for new investors into her replacement. Although we will re-use the engine, a good pre-loved hull will cost approximately $10,000, its routine maintenance and outfitting will cost a further $3,500, and its travel down, and the new boat’s travel back up to the Great Bear Rainforest, will be another $1,000. As such, our fundraising target is $14,500.
Mango with the Kitasoo Watchman and a swimming grizzly bear
Vessels like Mango are truly a part of our team, and a core tool of our trade on this vast coastline. Our vision to protect British Columbia’s coastal lands, waters and wildlife cannot be achieved without boats like Mango.
Please consider an investment in another 14 years of important work.
Director of Science