BARRACUDA is an 87-foot "Predator class" patrol boat, First in the Fleet and Guardians of the Lost Coast. Our primary missions are search and rescue and law enforcement. The cutter's complement is approximately 11 enlisted personnel. BARRACUDA ties up at the Woodley Island Marina, adjacent to downtown Eureka. The cutter covers more than 250 miles of California coastline, from Point Arena in the south, northward to the Oregon/California border. Eureka is Humboldt County's industrial, financial and political center, and has a population of 27,000. It also serves as a regional center for the Pacific Northwest of California. Most state and federal offices are located here. The city was founded in 1850 and incorporated in 1856; by 1885, Eureka was a city of 7,000 and fast becoming a major seaport for the Northwest. Timber, fishing vessels and commercial trade all passed through Eureka's harbor and California's second largest bay. Most early development was centralized along Eureka's waterfront in what is now known as "Old Town Eureka". Although commercial fishing and the timber industry are the largest employers, the fastest growing industry is tourism. Beyond the natural splendor surrounding Eureka, tourists have been attracted to Eureka's restored Old Town, its new marina, its abundance of Victorian homes, and Bed and Breakfast Inns.