Thursday, 17 May 2018

This blog is now closed

This blog is now closed but will remain here as a diary of events during the build of our new lifeboat station. If you'd like to keep up to date with news and events then please visit -

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Our webcam is back

Its taken a while but our webcam is finally back online. You can find it at -

We're hoping to upgrade it and in time add an extra camera looking down the ALB slipway but hopefully this will do for those missing their fix of Swanage Bay.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Boathouse update - More slipway trials next week

After some very successful trials this week there are a few tweaks to do to the slipway. Then on Mon 14 November we'll have a full day of testing culminating in a low water launch on the big spring tide in the afternoon.
 On Tuesday the boat was pulled in to the boathouse for the very first time to check all the clearances.
Before being launched back in to the water.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Boathouse update - Slipway trials have started

The next stage in the boathouse build is to test the slipway for the all weather lifeboat. The first day went really well with the boat being gently backed on to the slipway for the first time.
This was repeated numerous times until everyone was happy that the boat fitted well.

The plan for the next few days is to gradually pull the boat to the top of the slipway checking measurements as we go. It will then be pulling in to the boathouse to check clearances.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Boathouse update - The barge has gone!

Today saw the next step towards us moving in to the new lifeboat station. The jack up barge that has been with us since June has been towed away.
The barge has been used for piling and constructing the ALB slipway as well as installing the seaward end of the ILB slipway. With all the construction now done it was towed off to Poole to be unloaded.
The next stage is to install and level all the rollers in the ALB slipway and finish the shore end of the ILB slipway.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Boathouse update - a look round inside and out

Things have been progressing well over the last few months even though from the outside there has been little change. The interior fit out is now moving at a good pace and the contractors are hoping to hand the building over to the RNLI in October.

This is the view down the slipway.
The view back towards the workshop from the front of the building.
The view from the crew room looking North.
Looking to the back of the crew room, this will be the galley area.
The crew changing room on the ground floor.
Outside the ground levels are being built up and the new sea wall installed.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Boathouse update - Slipway works progressing well

Over the last few weeks the slipway work has been moving on well. All the large piles are now in place and the first of the smaller piles to hold the toe of the slipway have been installed.
Ashore the contractors have been assembling the slipway sections and lowering them in to place. Very quickly the slipway has started to take shape. Its nowhere near finished but you get a good idea of how its going to look. The angle of the slipway is the same as it was for our Mersey but the shape of the slipway is very different to match the underwater profile of the Shannon.
Work on the boathouse is coming on well too. Electricians are busily working away as are carpenters, plasterers and window fitters.
The photos above are from the crew room above the ILB shed.