Research vessel, Achiever

Our dedicated research vessel, Achiever, is a Transport Canada certified 68 ft. steel hulled sloop that operates seven months a year on the BC coast. We acquired Achiever in 2004 as a platform for our 10,000 nautical mile marine survey studying the abundance and distribution of marine mammals and birds.


Achiever can be fit to provide observer platforms, oceanographic equipment, freezer space, and other research specific requirements. It can accommodate up to 10 people and has substantial water and fuel capacity. The boat has worked the past 14 years on the BC coast fulfilling research requirements for organizations such as Department of Fisheries and Oceans Cetacean Research Program, Marine Mammal Research Unit of UBC, Institute of Ocean Science, and Simon Fraser University.

Education and outreach

Achiever has been involved with youth camps in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest for years. The decks and wheelhouse turn into a floating classroom educating and inspiring young leaders of tomorrow. With the collaboration of Raincoast scientist and traditional knowledge holders, youth are exposed to new and innovative approach education. Programs have expanded into the Salish Sea accommodating outdoor curriculum in a hands-on environment.

Donor engagement

Working with Coastal First Nations, Raincoast’s goal is to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. Join Achiever as she visits the many inlets and rivers where guide outfit tenures have been acquired. Explore the very first estuaries where trophy hunting has come to an end and see for yourself the impact that no take eco-tourism has on these systems.

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The Achiever rests on the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest
The Achiever. Photo by John Gussman.

Over the last twelve years Achiever has performed countless trips as a research and education platform for Raincoast and many others across thousands of nautical miles of coastline. With Achiever, Raincoast also has the capacity to access our commercial hunting tenures, and monitor areas otherwise out of reach.