Vessel Specifications

The Gikumi, which has just celebrated it’s 65th year of service, has been a working vessel her entire life. It was built in Vancouver British Columbia and had lived continuously in Telegraph Cove until February 2017.

It was the towns cargo boat, towed logs to their saw mill and hauled lumber and other building materials all over the BC coast. In the early eighties it became the first whale watching boat on the BC Coast.

The vessel was re-powered with new Caterpillar (3406) and twin disc gear in 1997. In the early 2000’s the vessel was brought up to requirements for Transport Canada certification for berthed passenger. Over the last 18 years the vessel has under gone complete refurbishment. Certified architectural drawings were completed and all systems have been approved and the vessel has received full certification for 8 berthed passengers and 40 day passengers.

Historic BC Tour Vessel


  • 2 – 25 man life rafts (new in 2017)
  • 50 – Transport Canada approved life jackets
  • all aluminum anchor winch (made by Smith Brothers Foundry)
  • main engine – Caterpillar 3406 6 cylinder – twin disk gear
  • Kohler power systems; 9KW genset; Yanmar 3 cylinder engine
  • Outback power systems ; 2800 Watt inverter
  • Hurricane hot water furnace
  • Halon fire suppression system
  • Heat detectors
  • Smoke and CO detectors
  • Full closed circuit sprinkler system on and operational 24/7
  • Dickenson Atlantic diesel stove in galley
  • Double side by side Nova Cool fridge 12V/120V and separate deep freeze
  • Mieli 220V convection oven
  • 2 burner Euro Kera force 10 Hot plate
  • Wagner hydraulic steering system
  • Ray marine Auto Pilot, Plotter and AIS system
  • 2 – VHF – DSC Radio’s (Icom M601 and Uniden – UM525)
  • 12V and 120V
  • Furuno GPS – GP 37
  • Furno Radar – model 1941
  • Furuno Navnet VX2 with radar, video plotter and colour sounder
  • Blue sea electrical systems
  • 3 inch shaft (aquamet)
  • 50 inch propeller
  • engine is keel cooled (Walter)
  • hull was refastened in 1990’s
  • all glass is safety glass
  • 700 imperial gallon fresh water tanks
  • 2 – 400 imperial gallon diesel fuel tanks
  • holding tank system for forward and aft heads
  • 2 heads (one forward and one aft)
  • stateroom with queen bed forward (also has a shower)
  • 2 queen cabins aft
  • 2 single bunks aft
  • full head with shower aft


1954 Wooden Camp Tender / Tow Boat

Bisset & Gilstein, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Robert Allan Sr.

Official number:

MMSI number

Area of Travel
Costal Voyage Class 2

Max passengers
40 day and 8 berthed

Hull Type

Hull Material
Wood, Carvel planked

Length Overall
18 m


Cruising Speed
8 Knots

Top Speed
10 Knots

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