Originally Posted by SixtyNorth
Given the RNLI is a charity, why do they sell off these small boats when there is obviously many years of life still in them? The Y boats can't get used too often when stored on the all weather boats.
I suspect they have a capital replacement programme - i.e. when you buy/commission it you give it an expected lifespan and when that time is reached you have already planned to replace it. The RNLI are a charity, but not a charity that's short on funds... They take a very strong view that they put their volunteers in some rather sticky situations and so the least they can do is make sure they give them the very best kit to handle those situations.
A well used but intact boat will be worth more than a slightly more used but faulty one. So it makes more sense if you are going to sell them, to sell before its knackered. Its also far more practical to say - In July 2018 this boat will need replaced, a new one arrives and the old one leaves than to be sat in July 2019 debating if you can patch it up enough until the replacement you just ordered will arrive in September...
I suspect the life on an ALB is harder than you might expect. Depending on the station it may be used for launching purposes. They sit exposed to the elements 24/7 (under a cover I think - but on the deck none the less) and then are used regularly in close quarters work.