Penlee Lifeboat

RNLB ON-1265 Ivan Ellen – Severn Class

The Severn has a sheerline that sweeps down for ease of survivor recovery. The Penlee Lifeboat is inherently self-righting and should it be knocked over in extreme weather, it will automatically right itself within a few seconds. Her propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with the two bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water. In addition to her twin engines, the Severn is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved maneuverability. The comprehensive electronics include VHF and MF radios with DSC functionality, VHF direction finder, DGPS with electronic chart system and radar. The Severn carries a small Y boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat complete with a 15hp outboard engine. This small craft can be launched with a crane and is used in moderate conditions to access areas where the lifeboat cannot reach. Comprehensive first aid equipment includes stretchers, oxygen, and Entonox. Other equipment includes a portable salvage pump carried in a watertight container. The last Severn class lifeboat was built in 2004. The lifeboats undergo a regular condition-based maintenance regime to check their condition.

Date introduced:  1995

On station:  March 2003

ON: 1265

Launch type:  Afloat

Number in fleet:  35 at stations plus 9 in the relief fleet

Last built: 2004

Crew: Nominal 7

Length:  17.3m

Beam/width:  5.9m

Draught/depth:  1.78m

Displacement: 42 tonnes

Max speed:  25 knots

Fuel capacity:  5,600 litres

Operating range/endurance:  250 nautical miles

Construction:
Hull:
 fiber-reinforced composite with single-skin section below the chine and 100mm thick foam-cored sandwich
Above deck and superstructure: 25mm foam-cored sandwich

Engines:  2 x Caterpillar 3412 TA marine diesel; 1,250hp each at 2,300rpm

Survivor capacity:  Self-righting – 28 – Non-self-righting – 124

Funded by: Mr Harold Ivan Leach

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