San Diego, California
The Coast Guard Cutter EDISTO is the 13th "Island" Class Patrol Boat. Named for islands in the United States, 49 have been built by the Coast Guard to be used for Maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Migrant Interdiction, and Coastal Defense. EDISTO (the fourth Coast Guard vessel to carry the name) is named for Edisto Island, located on the coast of South Carolina. EDISTO is nicknamed "Lucky Eddie". EDISTO was built in 1986 by Bollinger Marine Shop and Shipyard, Inc. in Lockport, Louisiana, and placed "in commission, special" on January 7, 1987 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following operational testing and crew familiarization, EDISTO transited to Crescent City, California via the Panama Canal. Arriving in Crescent City on March 21, 1987, EDISTO was formally commissioned and relieved the Coast Guard Cutter CAPE CROSS on March 27, 1987 as the active Cutter in Crescent City. On June 19, 1997 EDISTO and her crew departed Crescent City for the final time. Edisto’s new homeport became San Diego where she would play a more active role in missions along the US/Mexican border. EDISTO has a length overall of 110 feet, a beam of 21 feet, a draft of 7 feet, and displaces 165 tons. Based on Great Britain’s Vosper-Thornycroft 110-foot patrol boat design, the crew’s living quarters and pilothouse were designed to Coast Guard specifications. Two Paxman-Valenta 16 cylinder diesel engines, providing a total of 6,200 horsepower, drive twin high performance propellers, enabling EDISTO to attain speeds in excess of 26 knots. With a range of over 1,800 nautical miles, EDISTO can remain at sea nearly 2 weeks without receiving supplies.
EDISTO performs Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue from Southern California to Central America; supporting Coast Guard, DOD, and local law enforcement agencies.