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Tamar Class Lifeboats  

The Tamar class is one of the most modern all-weather lifeboat classes currently in service with the RNLI. The Tamar is fitted with an integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) so that the crew can monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from their shock-mitigating seats, improving their safety.  

The bespoke seats enhance crew comfort and safety. They also incorporate essential controls such as throttles and joystick with the trackball for the SIMS screen close to hand. The Tamar’s propellers and rudders lie in partial tunnels set into the hull that, along with steel-lined main and bilge keels, provide excellent protection from damage in shallow water or slipway operations.  

In addition to her twin engines, the lifeboat is fitted with a hydraulic-powered bow thruster for improved manoeuvrability. The Tamar carries a Y boat, an inflatable powered daughter boat housed under the aft deck, which can be deployed from a hinged door in the transom. The Y boat has a 15hp outboard engine and is used in moderate conditions to access areas the lifeboat cannot reach. 

The Tamar class has replaced most of the Tyne class lifeboats in service with the RNLI. The first Irish station to receive a Tamar class was Kilmore Quay in October 2010. Baltimore received a Tamar class lifeboat in March 2012.

Tamar Class Facts  

Introduced: 2005

Length: 16.3m

Width: 5.3m

Load: 32 tonnes

Launch Type: Slipway or afloat

Fuel Capacity: 4,600 litres

Crew: 7

Range: 250 nautical miles

Max Speed: 25 Knots

Engines: 2 x Caterpiller C18 marine diesel; 1,001hp each at 2,300rpm

O.N.

Op. No.

Name

Year Built

Service History

Notes 

1251

-

-

2000 

Prototype Tamar class lifeboat. Trials 2000 to 2006 

(1)

1280

16-01

Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson 

2005

Relief 2005 to date


1281

16-02

Haydn Miller

2005

Tenby 2006 to date


1282

16-03

The Misses Robertson of Kintail

2006

Peterhead 2006 to date


1283

16-04

Spirit of Padstow

2006

Padstow 2006 to date


1284

16-05

Helen Comrie

2006

Longhope 2006 to date


1286

16-06

Frank and Anne Wilkinson

2007

Relief 2007 to date


1287

16-07

Lester

2008

Cromer 2008 to date


1288

16-08

Grace Dixon

2008

Barrow 2008 to date


1289

16-09

Batlic Exchange III

2008

Salcome 2008 to date


1290

16-10

Edward and Barbara Prigmore

2008

Relief 2008 to date


1291

16-11

Mark Mason

2009

Angle 2009 to date


1292

16-12

George Sullivan

2009

St Helier 2009 to date


1293

16-13

Victor Freeman

2010

Relief 2009 to date


1294

16-14

City of London III

2010

Sennen Cove 2010 to date


1295

16-15

Enid Collett

2010

Shoreham Harbour 2010 to date


1296

16-16

Molly Hunt

2010

Appledore to 2011 to date


1297

16-17

Alfred Albert Williams

2010

Bembridge 2011 to date


1298

16-18

Killarney

2010

Kilmore Quay 27/10/10 to date


1299

16-19

Irene Muriel Rees

2011

Walton & Frinton 2011 to date


1300

16-20

Rose

2011

The Lizard 2011 to date


1301

16-21

John Buchanan Barr

2011

Portpatrick to 2011 to date


1302

16-22

Alan Massey

2011

Baltimore 15/02/12 to date


1303

16-23

Diamond Jubilee

2012

Eastbourne 2012 to date


1304

16-24

John D Spicer

2012

Porthdinllaen 2012 to date


1305

16-25

Kiwi

2012

Moelfre 2013 to date


1306

16-26

Norah Wortley

2013

St Davids 2013 to date


1307

16-27

Roy Barker IV

2013

The Mumbles 2013 to date


Lifeboats highlighted in GREEN are/were based at Irish Lifeboat stations.

Notes

(1) Prototype Tamar class. Sold in 2006 to Kent Police as a patrol boat named Princess Alexandra III. Sold in 2014 for use as workboat based at Potton Creek, Essex. In 2017 sold for use as FPS boat named Lemerye1 in Mauritania 

O.N. is the RNLI's Official Number of the boat

Op.No. is the RNLI's Operational Number of the boat carried on the hull

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