Last night (28th July 2016) with the whole village out to watch, the new St Abbs lifeboat was delivered to St Abbs.
The lifeboat had made its way to St Abbs by road trailer from the builders, Marine Specialized Technology of Liverpool. After being unwrapped, she was eased down the slipway and in to the water with the whole village cheering her on.
A crew of Paul Crowe, David Wilson, Graeme Crowe and Keith Hood then took her out for a very quick run around the bay.
Over the last few months a lot of hard work has gone into preparing our lifeboat house to accommodate the new lifeboat. The new lifeboat is both longer and wider than the previous boat so we had to make some modifications to the cradle.
We took a lot of measurements and also had a template of the hull profile made to ensure the boat and cradle matched up perfectly. But now was the moment of truth, will she fit?
YES she does fit !! We were very pleased to see that the hard work had been successful….she fits on the cradle and goes into the station very neatly.
Over the next few months our crew will be trained on how to operate and handle our impressive new lifeboat and all the new equipment. Our new lifeboat has been built to satisfy the “Rescue Boat Code” standard and our crew and committee will liaise closely with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to satisfy their criteria for achieving Declared Facility Status.
Our new lifeboat will be officially named the “Thomas Tunnock” by our major donor Boyd Tunnock on September 17th 2016 in a traditional lifeboat naming ceremony.
Technical details of our new lifeboat:
- Name: Thomas Tunnock
- Manufacturer: Marine Specialised Technology
- Model: 900W
- Crew: 4
- Length LOA: 9 metres
- Beam BOA: 3.05 metres
- Beam internal: 1.95 metres
- Draught: 0.7 metres or 1 metres to base of skegs at 100% fuel and 4 pax
- Displacement approx.: 2600kg
- Maximum speed: 40 kts (to be confirmed)
- Fual capacity: 2 x 150 litres
- Range approx.: 150 nautical miles (173 miles or 278 km)
- Construction: Polyester Glass Reinforced Resin (GPR) construction using GRP protected marine ply under deck structure.
- Engines: Twin OBM Mercury Optimax 200 HP units modified with PIRS (Post Immersion Restart System)
- Survivor capacity: 12
If you would like to make a donation to the new St Abbs Lifeboat you can do it now on our Just Giving page