Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370

Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station

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All Weather Lifeboat -Type : - Shannon Class RNLB “John and Elizabeth Allan” Hull No 13-36

Arrived on station 13:36hr Sunday 18 October 2020.

Method of launching: - SLARS (Shannon Launch and Recovery System - Supercat) from slipway/beach beside Harbour Office.

Length: 13.6 metres (44ft 6in) Beam : 4.54 metres (14.ft 11in)

Draught : 0.75 metres (2ft 4in)

Displacement : 18 tonnes. Crew: 6

Survivor Capacity : Self righting 23, Non Self righting 79

Range : 250 miles. Fuel carried : 2740 litres (602.7 gallons)

Top Speed : 25 knots approx ( 20 mph.), 16 knots cruising.

Engines : 2 x 13-litre Scania D13 650hp engines with propulsion from twin Hamilton HJ364 waterjets.


The integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) allows crew to monitor, operate and control many of the lifeboat’s systems directly from the safety of their seats.

It means they spend less time standing up and moving around the lifeboat and so are less prone to injury in rough weather.

SIMS provides access to:

  Equipment : Radar, VHF Direction Finder, Global Positioning Satellite Navigation, Colour Chart Plotter, VHF (Short Range up to 30 miles)   and MF (Medium Range up to 300 miles) Marine Radios, First Aid, stretchers, fire pumps, illuminating flares,  searchlights, radar, air    conditioned wheelhouse, energy absorbing seats fror crew, all round CCTV cameras and other items too numerous to mention !

BOAT NUMBER 13-36 We are often asked what these numbers mean. "13" denotes a 13 metre Shannon Class lifeboat, "36" denotes the 36th boat of that class and built of Fibre Glass Composite construction. If the hull had been aluminium, the number would have been "12-016". First digit "14" is a 14 metre Trent Class, "16" a 16 metre Tamar Class, "17" a 17 metre Severn Class, "B" is the larger Atlantic type inshore lifeboat, "D" the smaller D Class Inshore Lifeboat, and "X" and "Y" the small inflatables carried aboard some larger lifeboats. "H" denotes a Hovercraft (eg New Brighton and Morecambe).

Delivered to Seahouses, 11am Tuesday 23 October 2018, replacing D-686 “Peter Downes” which has been retired as a station lifeboat.

Further informataion about the donors to follow.

The RNLI’s IB1 lifeboat

The D class lifeboat, first introduced into the RNLI fleet in 1963, was designed to be launched quickly and easily, providing a rapid response to distress calls close to shore. It is a fully inflatable craft built of a polyester material coated with ‘hypalon’ – which is impact and abrasion resistant. The hull is divided into seven compartments so that, should one become punctured, the lifeboat will remain serviceable. The design of the lifeboat has continued to evolve since it was introduced, however it was completely re-engineered and updated between 2000 and 2003 following extensive consultation with lifeboat crews. The production version of the new D Class, Inshore Boat 1 (IB1) was introduced in August 2003 with improved manoeuvrability and equipment and the top speed has been increased from 20 knots to 25 knots. The new model was the work of the RNLI’s in house engineering team, who are responsible for the design and development of all the lifeboats in the RNLI fleet.

Method of launching: - Carriage and Landrover, on slip way beside harbour masters hut, or other launching site along the coast if quicker, e.g. Holy Island Causeway. The trailer doubles as a launching trailer and a road trailer when required. Crew - 2 / 3.  Boat carries VHF radio, built in GPS, first aid kit and oxygen therapy equipment, search lights, anchor, towline and other equipment for inshore rescue work.
The Road Lights which fit on the IB1’s bow pod, when the boat has to travel by road to a remote launch site. (Idea copied from West Kirby Inshore Lifeboat !)

Inshore Lifeboat D-828 "D" Class IB1 "Grace Darling"
not due for replacement till 2028.

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Please note that since this photo was taken, RNLI Regulations now require 3 crew on service (max 4 on exercise)

Seahouses Shannon Class Lifeboat 13-36 RNLB John and Elizabeth Allan