POINT BONITA, 1966 (WPB 82347)

March 12, 2021


WPB 82347

Builder:  J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, WA 

Commissioned:  12 September 1966 

Decommissioned:  14 November 2000 

Disposition:  Transferred to Trinidad & Tobago, 14 November 2000 

Length:  82’10” oa, 78’ bp 

Navigation Draft:  5’11” max (1960) 

Beam:  17’7” max 

Displacement:  69 fl; 60 light (1960) 

Main Engines:  2 Cummins diesel (see class history) 

BHP:  1,600 

Performance, Maximum Sustained:  18.0 kts, 542-mi radius (1,600 hp, 1963)
Performance, Economic:  9.4 kts, 1,500-mi radius (1,600 hp, 1963)

Maximum Speed:  22.9 kts (1963) 

Fuel Capacity:  1,840 gal 

Complement:  8 men (1960), 2 officers, 8 men (1965) 


Radar:  SPN-11, CR-103 (1960), or SPS-64 

Armament: 1 x 20mm (1960), 5 x .50 cal mg, 1 x 81 mm mortar (Vietnam service)

Class history—The 82-foot patrol boats have mild steel hulls and aluminum superstructures. Longitudinally framed construction was used to save weight.

These boats were completed with a variety of power plants. 82301 through 82313, 82315 through 82317, and 82319 through 82331 were powered by two Cummins 600-hp diesels. Boats 82318 and 82332 through 82379 received two Cummins 800-hp diesels. The 82314 was fitted with two 1,000-hp gas turbines and controllable-pitch propellers. The purpose of this installation was to permit the service to evaluate the propulsion equipment. All units were eventually fitted with the 800-hp diesels. Units remaining in 1990 were re-equipped with Caterpillar diesels.

WPB 82301 through 82344 were commissioned without names; at that time the Coast Guard did not name patrol craft shorter than 100 feet. In January 1964 they were assigned names.

Ship's history:

The Point Bonita was stationed at Nantucket, MA, from 1966 to 1971. She was used for law enforcement and search and rescue operations. On 28 April 1968, she medevaced a crewman from M/V Selfoss off Nantucket. On 5 June 1968, she escorted the distressed M/V Siasconsett, which had grounded off Hyannis, MA. On 3 September 1968, she medevaced a crewman from M/V Jane and Ursula 67 miles east of Nantucket. On 4 October 1969, she rescued one from a disabled 14-foot pleasure craft 27 miles east-southeast of Nantucket.

From 1972 to 1988, she was stationed at Woods Hole, MA. On 2 October 1982, she helped rescue two from pleasure craft Adjustment and towed the craft to safety. On 22 May 1983, she seized F/V Linda 40 miles southeast of Cape Cod for fisheries violations.

From 1988, she was stationed at South Portland, ME.


"The 82-Foot Class Patrol Boat." U.S. Coast Guard Engineer's Digest No. 133 (Mar-Apr 1962), pp. 2-5.

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990