May 6 2015

What can you do with an old lifeboat?

I went to a great event at the RNLI headquarters in Poole a couple of weeks ago.  The RNLI are taking an innovative approach to a resource problem.  They will have a number of lifeboats coming to the end of their lives over the next 10-15 years and they don’t know what they can do with them that is both socially and environmentally responsible.

Outside wheelhouse on a Mersey Lifeboat

Outside wheelhouse on a Mersey Lifeboat

Old lifeboats have been sold on to other search and rescue operations in the past, but there is a limited market unsurprisingly.  We had an inspiring and fascinating day, helped by lots of sunshine and a tour around one of the lifeboats that will be decommissioned.  As you can see from the photos, there is a lot more to think about than just the hull.

The RNLI are running a competition to find solutions for these end of life lifeboats.  If you want to find out more, check out the dedicated website and get your applications in by 22nd May.


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