Year introduced to the RNLI fleet
Slipway or afloat
Self-righting – 44
Non self-righting – 118
Range / Endurance
250 nautical miles
Beam / Width
Draught / Depth
2 x caterpillar C18 marine diesel engines. 1,001hp each at 2,300rpm
4-2 elevated upper steering positions for 360º views and 2 inside the wheelhouse
Hull – fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) with single-skin section below the chine and 100mm thick foam-cored FRC sandwich above.
Deck and superstructure – 25mm foam-cored FRC sandwich.
Number in fleet
23 at stations and 4 in the relief fleet
All lifeboats have a unique identification number. The first part indicates the class. Tamar class lifeboats start with 16 because they are just over 16m in length. The numbers after the dash refer to the build number. So, the first Tamar built was given the number 16-01. A build number with two digits indicates a hull constructed of fibre-reinforced composite (FRC). Three digits indicate a hull constructed of aluminium.
The integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) allows crew to monitor, operate and control many of the lifeboat’s systems directly from the safety of their seats. It means they spend less time standing up and moving around the lifeboat and so are less prone to injury in rough weather.
SIMS provides access to:
- Communications – including VHF (very high frequency) and MF (medium frequency) radio, direction finder (DF) and intercom
- Navigation – including radar, chart, differential global positioning system (DGPS), depth and speed
- Machinery Monitoring – including engines, transmission, fuel and bilge.