WRT's Fleet of Canoes

If people are the brains of WRT, then canoes are its backbone. This section catalogues the canoes of WRT along with a short history of each. (Not all the canoes are shown on this page yet, but more canoes and information are being added as we go through our records.)

The Names

Wildlife Research Team has a system for naming our canoes. There are two general types of canoes, solo and tandem. Solo canoes are meant to be used by one person at a time, and are often steered from a seat in the center of the boat. Tandem canoes can be used solo, but they are made for use by two or three people. Ever since Doer, WRT's first canoe, the names of the Team's tandem canoes have been variations on the word, "do," representing the hardworking spirit of the Team. Solo canoes have varying names, Magnificent Deviation being the first solo canoe and representing the deviation from the typical tandem canoes. Many of the solo canoes have names representing the black color scheme of the fleet.

Key to the Entries

Name of the canoe

[picture of the canoe]

Added to Fleet: When the canoe was added to the WRT fleet
Model: Canoes are built in many different models, differentiated by their length, their features, and the company that made them. This entry explains which model each canoe is.
Material: What it is made out of.
History: How WRT got this canoe.
Current Status: Where is it now?


Doer

Dr. Tom Kazo in Doer

Added to Fleet: Early 1993
Model: Mohawk 16' Blazer
Material: Laid fiberglass
History: Doer was Wildlife Research Team's first canoe. She was purchased used, and in bad shape from Hurricane Andrew, with huge holes in the bow. After much restoration work, she was able to see the birth of the Wildlife Research Team. Her original yellow paint job was replaced by WRT's trademark black, and then Donna Cannon got to work painting the boat for the Team. Doer was the only WRT canoe to have stripes. However, the extra decoration was seen as too time-consuming, considering that any future canoes owned by the Team would need similar paint jobs which would have to be done all over again every time a canoe required maintenance or repainting. When the time came to repaint Doer, the colorful stripes were eliminated from the standard WRT design. Despite her long years of service, Doer again saw a great deal of active duty in the NOAA Habitat Restoration Project from 2001-2003. It is poetic justice that she was involved in repairing damage caused by hurricanes, since she was nearly destroyed by Andrew many years before.
Current Status: Semi-retired.


Do-It

Dr. Tom Kazo in Do-It

Added to Fleet: 1993
Model: Indian 15' keeled
Material: Chopped fiberglass
History: Do-It was purchased new. Being an exceptionally wide and stable canoe, she is the canoe the Team uses when taking out people with handicaps or limited mobility.
Current Status: In drydock, needing repairs. She worked extremely hard during Project Baitfish and sustained a lot of wear and tear!


Zubenelgenube

Zubenelgenube Dr. Tom Kazo in Zubenelgenube

Added to Fleet: 1994
Model: Custom hand-made
Material: Cedar strip
History: Named for the farthest star from Earth that can still be seen by the naked eye, Zubenelgenube was built by hand at Feather Canoes, in Sarasota, FL, by Tom Kazo and Donna McVicar Kazo.
Current Status: Hanging out looking good, waiting for her next public appearance.


Did-It

Donna Kazo and Robert Council in Did-It

Added to Fleet: September 1994
Model: Mohawk 17' guide boat
Material: Laid fiberglass
History: Did-It was the first canoe WRT received as a donation. She once sustained significant damage but was expertly repaired and returned to use.
Current Status: Semi-retired but available should we call upon her!


Dunnit

Dr. Paul Lamborn and Phyllis Lamborn in Dunnit

Added to Fleet: 1995
Model: Sawyer 17'9" Cruiser
Material: Fiberglass
History: Purchased used in Port Charlotte, Florida; found through a newspaper ad.
Current Status: After working hard in Project Baitfish, Dunnit is in for long-term body repair.


Magnificent Deviation

Christianna Cannon in Magnificent Deviation

Added to Fleet: July 1995
Model: Mohawk 14' Jensen racing canoe
Material: Laid fiberglass
History: Magnificent Deviation was WRT's first solo canoe, but having been designed for paddlers around 5'7" in height, she refused to carry Dr. Tom and immediately dumped him into the water. However she was a perfect fit for Christianna, as seen in the photo!
Current Status: Waiting for fresh paint and lettering.


Dark Deceiver

Dr. Tom Kazo in Dark Deceiver

Added to Fleet: 1995
Model: Mohawk 14' Challenger
Material: Royalex
History: Dr. Tom's first solo canoe when Magnificent Deviation proved unsuitable.
Current Status: Ready when we are.


Doable

Misty Stinnett and Jamie Cannon in Doable

Added to Fleet: 1995
Model: Sears, less than 12'
Material: Fiberglass
History: Donated by a friend of WRT. Works best with two small paddlers.
Current Status: Ready and waiting.


Black Diamond

Ryan Kazo in Black Diamond

Added to Fleet: February 1997
Model: Mohawk 14' Challenger
Material: Royalex
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Chalupa

Donna Kazo in Chalupa

Added to Fleet: Early 1997
Model: Mohawk 14' Challenger
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Midnight Oil

Frank Parker in Midnight Oil

Added to Fleet: 1997
Model: Mohawk 14' Challenger
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Duzzit

Craig Doyle and a volunteer in Duzzit

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Model: Mohawk 16' Blazer
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Well-Done

Well-Done

Added to Fleet: 1998
Model: 16-17' keeled
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History: Well-Done was received used as a donation.
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Liquid Black

Ben Michael in Liquid Black

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Model: Mohawk 14' Challenger
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Sure-Do

Donna Kazo in Sure-Do

Added to Fleet: 2001
Model: Mohawk 17'5" Intrepid
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PJ-Do-Too

Dr. Paul Lamborn and Phyllis Lamborn in PJ-Do-Too

Added to Fleet: 2001
Model: Mohawk 17'5" Intrepid
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It'll-Do

Doug Andrade in It'll-Do

Added to Fleet: 2001
Model: Mohawk 17'9" Blazer
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Wanna-Do

Volunteers practicing paddling in Wanna-Do

Added to Fleet: November 2002
Model: Mohawk 17'5" Intrepid
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Do-Right

Volunteers in Do-Right

Added to Fleet: November 2002
Model: Mohawk 16' Blazer
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Current Status: Stationed at Delevoe Park to be used for river cleanups and educational tours.


Do-Fer

Dave and family in Do-Fer

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Model: Mohawk 16' Intrepid
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Will-Do

Dr. Tom Kazo and Tyler Crain in Will-Do

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Model: Mohawk 17' Intrepid
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