RNLI West Wight

Isle of Wight lifeboats in West Wight

RNLI West Wight, Isle of Wight lifeboats West Wight, is based in Yarmouth and covers the western Solent with the largest class of lifeboat, a Severn.

Key dates for Yarmouth lifeboat:
1924  lifeboat station established with a motor lifeboat kept moored in the harbour.
1936  first lifeboat with a diesel engine
1963  first lifeboat to be fitted with radar, the Earl and Countess Howe
1964  inshore lifeboat D class added
1977  replacement Arun class lifeboat, Joy and John Wade
1994  Customs House refurbished to provide crew facilities and a souvenir shop
2000  new berth
2001  Severn class lifeboat, Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer)

Wanderer is a self-righting all-weather boat with a range of 250 nautical miles and a speed of 25 knots. It weighs 41 tonnes and carries a crew of six. All-weather lifeboats are fitted with the latest in navigation, location and communication equipment including electronic chart plotter, VHF radio with direction finder, radar and global positioning systems (GPS). The Severn class lifeboat carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane. This enables rescues close to shore.

Yarmouth lifeboat 
10:00 – 16:00 daily
01983 761345

RNLI Yarmouth
Quay Street
Isle of Wight
PO41 0PQ

01983 760066


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