CCGS Cape Sutil

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CCGC Cape Sutil
CCGS Cape Sutil at Port Hardy, BC Canada
Name: Cape Sutil
Namesake: Cape Sutil, the northern tip of Vancouver Island
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Builder: MIL/Metal Craft Marine Ltd, Kingston, ON
Christened: 1 August 2000
Homeport: CCG Base Port Hardy, BC
Status: in active service
General characteristics [1]
Type: Lifeboat
  • 33.8 GT
  • 25.3 NT
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)
Draft: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2x Inline 6 Caterpillar Diesels. 450HP Each
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h) cruise
Range: 200 nmi (370 km)
Complement: 4

CCGS Cape Sutil is a Canadian Coast Guard Cape-class lifeboat stationed at Port Hardy, British Columbia.[1][2][3] She was commissioned by The Honourable Herb Dhaliwal, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on 1 August 2000 at CCG Station Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island.[4]


Like all Cape-class motor lifeboats, Cape Sutil has a displacement of 20 short tons (18 t) and a total length of 47 feet 11 inches (14.61 m) and a beam length of 14 feet (4.3 m).[5] 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. It has two 28 by 36 inches (710 mm × 910 mm) four-blade propellers, and its complement is four crew members and five passengers.[5]

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.[5] Cape Sutil 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 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph) winds and 20 feet (6.1 m)-high breaking waves.[5]

Communication options include Raytheon 152 HF-SSB and Motorola Spectra 9000 VHF50W radios, and a Raytheon RAY 430 loudhailer system.[5] 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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Vessels, Aircraft and Hovercraft: CCGS Cape Sutil". Canadian Coast Guard. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  2. ^ "CCG Cape Sutil". Canadian Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.
  3. ^ "COAST GUARD MOTOR LIFEBOAT CCGS SUTIL CHRISTENED TODAY IN PORT HARDY, BC". Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 2000-08-01. Archived from the original on 2003-10-19. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  4. ^ "The champagne hits the boat". North Island Gazette. 9 August 2000. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  5. ^ 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.

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