This is the first in the series of four blogs focusing on the lifeboats that are operational along the Thanet coastline. We kick off this blog with a look at the Ramsgate All-Weather Lifeboat.
The All-Weather Boat (AWB) – pictured above
The Esme Anderson (14-02) which is a Trent class lifeboat (named after the 3rd longest river in the England), has been stationed at Ramsgate since 1994, being handed over by Christopher Oldham, the son of the donor the late Esme Anderson.
Facts and figures
Capable of 25 knots (RNLI want all their all weather lifeboats to be capable of 25 knots by 2019)
Has a range of 250 neutical miles
Length 14.3 metres
Fuel : 4,180 litres
Designed to lie afloat, either at deep-water moorings or alongside at a berth
A key feature is that it is self-righting
What do Coxswain’s across the country say about the Trent? “She’s fast and manoeuvrable enough to respond quickly, but powerful and large enough to take on big seas, tow big boats and carry lots of survivors”
The engine room is at the stern and space limitations led to a novel engine layout
One of the engines is turned around, driving the propeller in a conventional way, while the other works through a V drive
Also carries a small XP boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat with a 5 horse power outboard engine capable of 6 knots. This allows the crew to access areas the Trent cannot reach. Ramsgate use their XP boat along the River Stour where their Atlantic Inshore Boat cannot be used due to the shallow water
All lifeboats have a unique identification number – The first part indicates the class. Trent class lifeboats start with 14 because they are just over 14 metres in length. The numbers after the dash refer to the build number. So the first Trent built was given the number 14-01.
Boating should be fun. Every year the RNLI launches their lifeboats to thousands of incidents, many of which could have been prevented by following simple safety precautions or having a plan in the event of something going wrong. The RNLI Community Safety Teams can help you make your boat as safe as possible.
Advice on Board
The RNLI provides a wide range of safety advice to participants of all types of water based activity. One of the specialist areas that our Community Safety Team can provide is an ‘Advice on Board’ session. This can be at a marina or harbour where your boat is moored; at your home or work address or other location where your vessel is stored. It can include any almost any type of leisure craft and be tailored to a time and date that suits you.
The aim of the ‘Advice on Board’ session is a confidential one-to-one discussion with you about onboard safety and equipment. The session is not a ‘pass or fail’ inspection. It is not a safety check or an MoT like a garage would provide for your car, but a useful way of you thinking about: ‘what am I already doing about safety and how can I improve it’.
Here are just some of the discussional items that we will include during an ‘Advice on Board’ session:
Do you and your crew practise regularly a MOB drill (‘man overboard’ drill)?
How often do you get your lifejackets checked and serviced?
What ‘calling for help’ devices do you carry and do all your crew know how to use them?
What spares do you carry to undertake basic repairs to your vessel?
What navigational aids do you carry?
Newcomer or Experienced boater?
Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced boater, our unique one-to-one service will give you an opportunity to ask those niggling questions on equipment or emergency procedures that you have always wanted to ask.
Is Advice on Board definitely FREE?
Absolutely, the RNLI believe that prevention is better than cure and we want make sure that everyone receives the right advice. So, the whole Advice on Board session including any phone calls or email is totally free!
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