About the ship
Meet the Grayfox, a training ship used to offer our cadets training in all aspects of ship's operations. She is currently the largest Sea Cadet training ship in the United States and is cared for and maintained by all cadets in Michigan and sometimes even our ambassadors from the North, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. The Grayfox receives no financial support from the government. All money needed to operate the vessel comes from donations, grants, and fund raising activities conducted by the crew.
The ship is run by the cadets with the officers serving in a supervisory role also, we have regular Navy and Coast Guard personnel along with several civilians who volunteer their off duty time to assist us in our endeavors.
Built: 1985 in Marinette, Wisconsin
Obtained by USNSCC: August 15, 1997
Length: 120' Beam: 25' Tonnage: 178 gross tons Draft: 7'6"
Speed (maximum): 18.5 knots
Speed (average cruising): 12 knots - 15 MPH
Range: 1800 nautical miles
Mast height: 62' from waterline
Fuel capacity: 8,715 gallons
Fresh water capacity: 5,180 gallons
Fuel consumption: 135 gallons per hour at top speed
Berthing capacity: 38 officers & crew
Aft housing added 1999 double crew capacity
Two Caterpillar 3512TAC engines
1175 horsepower each at 1800 RPM
Two Caterpillar 3304 generators producing 66kW of electricity, 450 volts
Two four blade 54" diameter propellers
Two 5.5" diameter shafts