Surf’s Up At Dillon Beach

The Bodega Bay Coast Guard station will respond to about 125 requests for search and rescue missions this year. You may have seen them training on the Sonoma coast for these operations.


Here is a video of the Coast Guard training in the Dillon Beach surf.


There are two 47 foot Motorized Lifeboats (MLB) stationed at Bodega Bay. The 47-foot MLB is the standard lifeboat of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The 47' MLB is designed to weather hurricane force winds and heavy seas, capable of surviving winds up to 50 knots (93 km/h), breaking surf up to 6 m and impacts up to three G's. If the boat should capsize, it self-rights in less than fifteen seconds with all equipment fully functional. (What about the crew?)

Employing fly-by-wire control systems, the boat can be operated from four different locations: two from the enclosed bridge, and two amidships from an open bridge.

Situated less than 1 ft (30 cm) from the water line are recessed retrieval wells, allowing for easier recovery of persons and jetsam, and easier boardings.