Looe Lifeboats


Sheila and Dennis Tongue II

In service at Looe Lifeboat Station September 2016 A rigid inflatable lifeboat developed at the RNLI Inshore Centre at Cowes in 2005 Powered by twin 115hp 4-stroke immersion-proof engines it has a maximum speed of 35 knots with a duration of 2.5 hours (fuel capacity 210 litres). It carries a crew of 4 seated by the central console. Equipment includes VHF radio, GRP chart plotter, first-aid and oxygen kit. Length: 8.44m    Beam: 2.85m    Draught: 0.53m Displacement: 1.8 tonnes Construction: Hull – carbon fibre and foam core laminate, structure includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.  Inflatable collar – hypalon-coated nylon Survivor capacity: 20 REPLACEMENT COST £214,000


D 741 ‘Ollie Naismith’

Entered service November 2010 An inflatable lifeboat first developed at the RNLI Inshore Centre in 1963, the class has continually evolved. Powered by a single 50hp immersion-proof engine it has a maximum speed of 25 knots with a duration of 3 hours. It carries a crew of 2 or 3, with a survivor capacity of 5. Length: 5m    Beam: 2m    Displacement: 400kg Construction: Hypalon-coated polyester.  Sponsons have 7 compartments Equipment includes VHF radio, night vision equipment, satellite navigation, oars, kedge anchor & towing lines, stopwatch & binoculars, first-aid and oxygen kit, spare life-jackets, stretcher & casualty protection gear, spare propeller, radio mast, flares, fire extinguisher, torch, knives & tools. REPLACEMENT COST £41,000


Jointly developed by RNLI & Clayton

Engineering Ltd

Can be safely operated to a depth of 1.6m in level sea conditions Weight:  9.38 tonnes Propulsion: 4 wheel drive Engine:  Caterpillar 3114, 4 cylinder, 105hp - Diesel Turbo Max. Speed:  22mph Winch Wire Pull: 5 tonnes In the event of the machine getting into difficulties it can be battened down and left on the sea bed and recovered at low tide.  The cab is specially designed  to fully flood in order to provide stability, when submerged. REPLACEMENT TRACTOR COST (2003) £250,000
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
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