West Mersea Lifeboat

Our Lifeboat

The Atlantic 85 design allows room for four crew members and more kit than the Atlantic 75 lifeboat. She is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed. The added radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility and she also has VHF direction-finding equipment.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-879

Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-879

A manually operated self-righting mechanism combined with two 115hp 4-stroke inversion-proofed engines keep her operational even after capsize. She is also capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear.

The Atlantic 85 carries a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, including VHF radio, VHF direction finding, intercom, DGPS and electronic chart, radar and hand-held VHF, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operations.

Our Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-879 is called ‘Just George’.

Technical specification

  • Length: 8.44m
  • Beam: 2.85m
  • Draught: 0.53m
  • Displacement: 1.8 tonnes
  • Max Speed: 35 knots
  • Fuel Capacity: 210 litres
  • Endurance: 2.5 hours at Max speed
  • Construction: Hull – carbon fibre and foam core laminate, structure includes epoxy
  • glass and foam sandwich layup
  • – Inflatable collar – Hypalon-coated nylon
  • Engines: 2x Yamaha 4-stroke; 115hp each
  • Survivor capacity: 20
  • Just George is launched from a carriage pulled by a specially adapted Ford County tractor.

Further information on the B class lifeboat….


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