Point Glass History

The Point Glass was commissioned Aug. 29, 1962 at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, where it was built. The Point Glass was a "C" class 82-foot patrol boat and is one of the oldest remaining 82-footers in the Coast Guard's fleet. Eighty-two footers have served America for four decades from the embattled rivers of Vietnam, to the fishing grounds of Maine, to the drug transit zones of the Caribbean. They are being taken out of service and replaced by the new 87-foot Marine Protector class patrol boat. The CGC Gannet will arrive in Fort Lauderdale this summer to replace the Point Glass in conducting search and rescue and law enforcement duties off the South Florida coast.

The Point Glass' first homeport was Tacoma, Wash., from 1963 until 1967. In late 1967, the Point Glass shifted its homeport to Gig Harbor, Wash. where it remained for the next 27 years. In April 1989, the Point Glass was moved to its current homeport of Fort Lauderdale, where it is co-located with Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale.

The Point Glass' commanding officer, BMCM Lou Kitchin, stated, "It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the Coast Guard and the citizens of Southeast Florida aboard the Point Glass. The crew and I will sincerely miss sailing aboard this vessel."

The Point Glass was decommissioned on April 3, 2000, and recommissioned BSA.

  • Length: 82'10" oa, 78' bp
  • Navigation Draft: 5'11" (max)
  • Beam: 17'7 (max)
  • Main Engines: 2 Dual Caterpiller 3412
  • BHP: 1,600
  • Performance: Maximum Sustained 18.0 kts, 542-mi radius
  • Maximum Speed: 22.9 kts
  • Displacement: 69 fl; 60 light
  • Normal Compliment: 4 Crew, 6 Sea Scouts