Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station has two lifeboats, an Atlantic 75 and a D-Class.
The Atlantic 75 is the successor of the Atlantic 21 and is 38cm longer overall and 20cm broader. The name is derived from her length of nearly 7.5m. Her twin outboard motors give her a maximum speed of 32 knots. The hull design provides a softer ride than her predecessor for the three man crew and survivors. It has a manually operated self-righting mechanism and is capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear. The Atlantic 75 can be operated safely in daylight in a force 6/7 and at night in a force 5/6. Our Atlantic is launched and recovered by the use of a County Tractor and DoDo Trailer.
Coventry & Warwickshire joined the station at Weston super Mare in October 2000. The Paul Alexander (B769) was on station until December 2019 when Joan Bate (B794) took over on service.
Atlantic 75 Specification:
Length: 7.5m (24ft 7in)
Overall beam: 8ft 8in (2.64m)
Length of hull: 20ft 3in (6.17m)
Weight with crew: Approx 3,200 lbs
Engines: Twin 70hp
Speed: 32 knots
Duration: Three hours at max speed
D Class Lifeboat – Adrian Beaumont, D-832 (Relief D class on station at present (Jan 2020) is Marjorie Boneham (D836))
The D Class lifeboat was the first RNLI inflatable, introduced in 1963. It has a single 40hp outboard engine and is ideal for rescues close to the shore in fair to moderate conditions. It can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize. The boat has a crew of two or three, is 16 feet long and has a speed of 25 knots. The D Class lifeboat is launched and recovered using a Softtrack and trailer and has the fuel capacity to stay at sea for around three hours.
D Class Specification:
Length: 4.9m (16 ft)
Engine: 40 hp
Speed: 20 knots
Displacement: 338 kg (745 lbs)
Construction: Nylon coated hypalon
Duration: Three hours at 20 knots