Vessel Specifications

The Gikumi is celebrating almost 70 years of service. She has been a working vessel her entire life. She was built in Vancouver, British Columbia and worked continuously around Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island until February 2017.

The Gikumi was Telegraph Cove’s cargo boat. She towed logs and hauled lumber and building supplies all over the BC coast. In the early 1980s, she became BC’s first whale watching boat.

The vessel was re-powered with new Caterpillar (3406) and twin disc gear in 1997. In the early 2000’s the Gikumi was refitted to meet Transport Canada certification standards for berthed (overnight) passengers.

Over the last 18 years the vessel has undergone complete refurbishment. Certified architectural drawings were completed and all systems have been approved. Today the Gikumi is fully certified to carry up to 40 day passengers and 8 berthed 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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