RNLI New Boat Photo Feature

This week our local RNLI station, their boat house at the Eastern end of the Harbour took delivery of a new Tractor and Launch Carriage (Trailer) on Tuesday 22nd and new Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat christened ‘Lewisco’ (B-877) on Thursday 24th July

We spoke to Dave Parry prior to today’s launch training for both the shore and boat crews 

Boat Crew: Dave Parry, Ash Harmen and Richard Curtis 

Tractor Driver: Tony Martin Launchers: Rob Judge and John Skinner

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Atlantic 850 Starboard Side

One of the B class series these high speed RiB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) are the successor of the Atlantic 75

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Outboards

Two powerful water cooled 4 stroke 115 Horse Power that give it a speed of 35 knots (40mph)

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Tony Martin

It’s a tight squeeze …

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Carriage Caterpillar

Tracks tracks help launching over the soft foreshore

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Tractor Cockpit

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Carriage negotiates boat house door

A few inches to spare, training gives the confidence to make the manoeuvre

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Tractor

The rear ‘face’ of the tractor

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Final adjustments to personal kit

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Guiding ‘Lewisco’ from the Boat House

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Outside the Boat House

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Boat Checks

Radio checks, fuel engine health all checked before the boat’s launched

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Pre-launch, engine’s running

Ensuring the beach is clear & safe the tractor launches the boat swiftly, once the engines are in the water they are started, and engine condition instruments checked

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Afloat

Once the helmsman gives the ‘thumbs up’ the boat is free to exit the carriage

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Ready

Fitted with a compliment a state of the art radio, crew intercom, guidance and radar, inversion proof engines … 

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… the boat is able to work in greater safety & can even beach without sustaining engine or steering gear damage

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‘Lewisco’ sets off at speed …

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…towards the Pollard Spit Buoy

Whitstable Lifeboat Station