FL Coast Guard Gets New Boat

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
FL Coast Guard Gets New Boat The US Coast Guard's Fort Myers Beach station received a 33 foot, special purpose law enforcement craft. The boat purchase is part of a joint program with the Department of Homeland Security.

The craft is a 33-foot aluminum mono-hull with a 10-ft. beam and foam collar. It is powered by three 275-hp engines capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots and is capable of operating more than 30 miles from shore. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and secure communications capability. Coast Guard crews will receive three days of boat familiarization training conducted by SAFE Boats International, as well as shore-based non-compliant vessel pursuit tactics training conducted by CBP.

This is the first 33-ft. SPC-LE Sector St. Petersburg has received. Coast Guard Sector's Miami and Key West are currently equipped with the SPC-LE.

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