CCGS Cape Caution

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
CCGS Cape Caution.JPG
Name: Cape Caution
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Victoria Shipyards, Victoria, British Columbia
Yard number: 8266000
Launched: 2004
Homeport: CCG Base Powell River, Victoria, British Columbia - Pacific Region
Identification:MMSI number: 316005337
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Cape-class motor lifeboat
Tonnage: 33.8 GT
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)
Draught: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 200 nmi (370 km; 230 mi)
Endurance: 1 day
Complement: 4

CCGS Cape Caution is one of the Canadian Coast Guard's 36 Cape-class motor lifeboat.[1] The ship was built at the Victoria Shipyards, in Vancouver, and is stationed at Powell River, British Columbia.


Like all Cape-class motor lifeboats, Cape Caution has a displacement of 20 short tons (18 t), a total length of 47 feet 11 inches (14.61 m) and a beam of 14 feet (4.3 m).[2] Constructed from marine-grade aluminium, it has a draught length of 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m). It contains two, computer-operated Caterpillar 3196 diesel engines, providing a combined 900 shaft horsepower (670 kW). It has two 28-by-36-inch (710 mm × 910 mm) four-blade propellers, and its complement is four crew members and five passengers.[2]

The lifeboat has a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) and a cruising speed of 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph). Cape-class lifeboats have fuel capacities of 400 US gallons (1,500 l; 330 imp gal) and ranges of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) when cruising.[2] Cape Caution is capable of operating at wind speeds of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) and wave heights of 30 feet (9.1 m). It can tow ships with displacements of up to 150 tonnes (170 short tons) and can withstand 60-knot (110 km/h; 69 mph) winds and 20-foot (6.1 m)-high breaking waves.[2]

Communication options include Raytheon 152 HF-SSB and Motorola Spectra 9000 VHF50W radios, and a Raytheon RAY 430 loudhailer system.[2] The boat also supports the Simrad TD-L1550 VHF-FM radio direction finder. Raytheon provides a number of other electronic systems for the lifeboat, including the RAYCHART 620, the ST 30 heading indicator and ST 50 depth indicator, the NAV 398 global positioning system, a RAYPILOT 650 autopilot system, and either the R41X AN or SPS-69 radar systems.[2]


  1. ^ Dan Bate (2005-09-15). "Paul Steckle Announces the Naming and Dedication of the Search and Rescue Cutter Thunder Cape in Goderich Ontario". Canadian Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Motor Life Boat 47-Foot MLB: International Affairs (CG-DCO-I)". United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.