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Old 05 March 2012, 14:23   #1
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The New Shannon Lifeboat

Just for information this is a video of the new RNLI Shannon Class all weather lifeboat which is intended to replace the Mersey Class Lifeboat.

It follows in a 45-year tradition of naming all weather lifeboats after rivers or stretches of water, but it will be the first time that the name of an Irish river has been used about time too .



It uses twin water jets instead of conventional propellers and has a top speed of 25 knots.

Note the stopping distance during an emergency stop
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Took long enough to get it to the production stage ,

Not the first time an RNLI lifeboat has been powered by water jets ,they had some steam powered water jets boats in the later part of the 1800s ,
suppose they dident have Scania engines in those days ,lol
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never seen them beach a mersey class like that - a bit faster and i reckon they could sell the winch off the tractor!
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Thanks for sharing.............@Ribochet I guess the stopping distance means an upgrade of the head protection WOW just WOW!!
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What's the reasoning behind the beach test?
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probably to give the crew the option of landing higher up the beach to be clear of heavy breaking waves
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What's the reasoning behind the beach test?
Emergency beaching,
Main reason if the lifeboat has a seriously ill casualty on board and it's a long trip back to a harbour the ambulance can then rondevou with the lifeboat on the nearest beach also the station maybe a beach launch only another reason why the Atlantic ribs has a flat on the hull or planning pad as some call them so the boat stays upright,

One advantage with the Shannon is that the lifeboat can be recovered with just 2 shore crew (tractor driver and a banks man )unlike the Mersey class that needs a small army with skids much labour intensive.
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How the chuff will they move it now? Looks above the high tide mark. Crane?
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How the chuff will they move it now? Looks above the high tide mark. Crane?
Just winch it onto the trailer, simples
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