RNLI - Barmouth Lifeboat Station

Barmouth Lifeboat Station is the proud home of both an ALB (All-weather lifeboat) and an ILB (Inshore lifeboat).

The current ALB is a Mersey Class named "Moira Barrie" 12-26. She arrived on station in 1992 - see pictures here.

The Mersey class lifeboat was introduced in 1988 and was the RNLI's first ‘fast’ carriage lifeboat. It was designed to be launched from a carriage but can also lie afloat or be launched from a slipway. Propellers are protected by partial tunnels and substantial bilge keels.

The first Mersey introduced 1988 and the last was built in 1993.
She has a length of 12m
Range 140 nautical miles
Speed 17 knots
Weight 13 tonnes
Crew 6
Construction Aluminium or Fibre Reinforced Composite (FRC)
Launch type Carriage, afloat or slipway Details of which other stations currently operate this type of lifeboat can be seen on the "Mersey" class page of the official RNLI website at this link.The Moira Barrie is shown here being recovered from the beach onto her carriage.


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The current ILB is a D class named "The Rotarian Clive Tanner" D-678.

The D class has been the workhorse of the service for 40 years. It is small and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions. It has a single outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize. The design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction. The details given are for the latest version that was introduced in 2003.

Introduced 1963 (latest version in 2003)
Length 5m
Range 3 hours at maximum speed
Speed 25 knots
Weight 436kg
Crew 2/3
Construction Hypalon coated polyester
Launch type Trolley or davit

Details of which other stations currently operate this type of lifeboat can be seen on the D class page of the official RNLI website at this link.


The Clive Tanner is shown here being cleaned and washed back at the lifeboat station after a practice launch.

You can see photographs of the Crew practising their ILB capsize drill here

 

Below are pictures of both of our boats in action. Click on any image for larger version