Our lifeboat “John and Janet” is an Atlantic 85, the third generation of fast rigid-hulled inflatables from the RNLI. She arrived on station on Monday 20 June 2016, and after an intensive workup period was declared operational as Crosshaven Lifeboat at 1423 on Thursday 23 June.
8.44m long and weighing 1.8 tonnes, the hull is constructed in a fibre reinforced composite, consisting of a carbon fibre and foam core laminate with an epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup. The tubes are Hypalon. The boat is powered by twin 115 hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard engines that have been inversion-proofed to ensure the engines are still operational after a capsize. Top speed is 35 knots, and with 210l of fuel on board, can travel 2.5 hours.
Like previous RIBs, it has a manually operated self-righting mechanism that deploys an airbag mounted atop the A-frame. It is capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear. The Atlantic 85 is fitted with radar and VHF, Radio Direction Finding and AIS, as well as a large chartplotter. All this equipment is accessed via two large screens and each function can be overlaid to provide comprehensive navigation capabilities. An additional crew member (now 4) can also be carried.
It also carries a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operations. The Atlantic 85 is a significant step-up in capability from the previous generation Atlantic 75.
Former station lifeboats
In 2016, we bid a sad farewell to B-782 Miss Betty, who arrived in 2002 and served us very well in the 14 years we had her on station. Miss Betty has now gone into the relief fleet to help support the remaining Atlantic 75 stations around the coast of the UK and Ireland. “Miss Betty” was donated by Mr Clayton Love Jnr.
Prior to Miss Betty, our first boat was lay afloat on the Royal Cork Yacht Club marina while we were waiting for our station to be built.
B-575 had previously been on station in Peel in the Isle of Man. On 10 June 1992, Peel became an All-Weather station & B-575 was withdrawn to the relief fleet. She visited Mudeford and Newbiggin on relief duty (and spent time in the training fleet) before being sent to Trearddur Bay (a new Atlantic station) on 15 April 1996 on temporary station allocation. Three days later, she was capsized and returned to ILC for overhaul following the capsize. 1 April 1997 saw B-575 on temporary station allocation at Clifden, another new station. In 1998, she was hired to the London Metropolitan Police for their training requirements. In between, B-575 served in the training fleet in the ILC in Cowes, with many helms having qualified at her wheel. A new Millennium saw B-575 allocated to another new station – ours! She has now been returned to ILC Cowes to the relief fleet.
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