Training at Sea

In addition to learning in Seattle Maritime Academy's new, state-of-the art building, you will gain critical on–water training aboard our fleet of vessels. At the end of your certificate program, you will participate in a mandatory 60 to 90 day at–sea internship aboard a large commercial vessel.

Our fleet of vessels is used in our certificate programs as well as professional development and continuing education courses. The fleet to consists of:

  • A covered diesel engine lifeboat that is used in survival craft training.
  • An uncovered oared (human powered) lifeboat that is used in survival craft training.
  • A 29–foot former NOAA Hydrography launch that is used in vessel handling training.
  • A 43–foot pleasure craft–troller. (For sale.)
  • A former USCG Cutter that is 83 feet. As our main training vessel, this boat is underway twice a week for 12 hours a day during the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the certificate programs.
  • A former Alaska State Highway Car Ferry that is 101 feet. While it does not get underway, it is used to teach hands-on lab activities.

T/V Maritime Instructor

  • Builder: U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD—1962
  • Designer: Design Branch, Naval Engineering Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • Owner: Seattle Maritime Academy
  • Mission: Marine Technical & Vocational Training
  • Type: Coastal Patrol Boat
  • Length: 82′ 10″
  • Beam: 17′ 7″
  • Depth: 9′
  • Draft: 6′
  • G.R.T.: 75
  • H.P.: 1600
  • Engines: (2) Caterpillar V–3412
  • Speed: 23 Knots
  • USCG Certification: Inspected Passenger Vessel for up to 48 passengers.

The T/V Maritime Instructor was originally commissioned as a Coast Guard cutter of the WPB “Point” class for use in coastal patrol duties. Built by the Coast Guard in 1962, the cutter was christened the USCGC Point Divide (WPB 82337) and took up station in Corona Del Mar, California in March 1963.

The cutter’s primary mission role was Search and Rescue. Secondary missions included assignments in law enforcement, boating safety, military preparedness, marine environmental response and public relations. As a public relations vehicle, the vessel appeared on television in serial shows such as Baywatch and a CNN documentary on the “drug war”.

In addition, she made cameo appearances in Hollywood films. The cutter spent its entire 31–year Coast Guard career in southern California; the normal operating area consisted of well over two million square miles extending from San Diego northward to Point Dume, CA with occasional voyages to Baja California and the Pacific Northwest.

Two of the more noteworthy events of her career include escorting the British royal yacht Britannia along the California coast during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II and interdicting the F/V Ocean Joy attempting to smuggle 10 tons of marijuana into the United States.

In 1995 the USCGC Point Divide was declared surplus to the Coast Guard’s needs and handed over to Seattle Maritime Academy under sponsorship of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Following acquisition by Seattle Maritime Academy the vessel was renamed the Maritime Instructor.

Interested in donating a boat? Learn more about our boat donation program and other partnership opportunities.