The RNLI has a clear mission statement:
“Our crews aim to launch their lifeboats with 10 minutes of being notified and can operate up to 100 nautical miles out at sea. We aim to reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of a lifeboat launch – any weather.”
We question how local rescues can take place in a challenging sea to meet this aim of the RNLI. The nearest boats
at Barmouth and Fishguard would take more than an hour and a half to attend to an emergency off New Quay or Aberaeron. We therefore consider that the RNLI has a very ill-considered plan TO STRIP OUR COASTLINE OF VITAL EMERGENCY COVER.
Whereas the Shannon is an All-Weather Lifeboat
The B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat is an inshore lifeboat, designed to operate in shallower water, the B class can handle fairly challenging open sea conditions – force 7 near gale winds in daylight and force 6 at night. Therefore any conditions worst than this would require a rescue by the ALB’s stationed at Barmouth or Fishguard
Shannon All-Weather LifeBoat B Class Atlantic 85
Lifeboat category: Lifeboat category
Year introduced to the RNLI fleet: Year introduced to the RNLI fleet:
Launch type: Launch type:
Carriage, afloat or slipway Carriage, davit or floating boathouse
Survivor capacity: Survivor capacity:
Self-righting – 23
Non self-righting – 79 20
Maximum speed: Maximum speed:
25 knots 35 knots
Range / endurance: Range / endurance:
250 nautical miles 3 hours maximum
13.6m 8.44 m
Beam / width: Beam / width:
Draught / depth: Draught / depth:
Displacement / weight: Displacement / weight:
18 tonnes (maximum) 1.8 tonnes
Fuel capacity: Fuel capacity:
2,740 litres 210 litres
2 x 13-litre Scania D13 650hp engines 2 x Yamaha 4-stroke engines at 115hp each
with propulsion from twin Hamilton
Steering positions: Steering positions:
2 – an elevated upper steering position for 1
360º views and one inside the wheelhouse
Hull, deck and wheelhouse are constructed of Hull: carbon fibre and foam core laminate.
composite materials; predominantly an epoxy resin includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.
film infusion glass sandwich construction, with Inflatable collar: hypalon-coated nylon.
carbon fibre in areas with high load
If you were a Trustee of the RNLI which boat would you recommend to replace the current Mersey class All-Weather Lifeboat, ‘Frank and Lena Clifford of Stourbridge’ at New Quay?