Rose Of The Shires is one of the new generation of RNLI B-class Atlantic inshore lifeboats, first developed from a design originated at Atlantic College, near Porthcawl, in South Wales. The ’85’ refers to the boat being almost 8.5m in length.
With a crew of four, and two inversion-proof 115hp petrol engines, the lifeboat is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots, and is fitted with a manually operated righting system which, combined with her inversion proofed engines, allows her to remain operational even after capsize.
At Porthcawl the boat is launched using a specially designed Tractor unit with carriage. Equipped with the RNLI’s SIMS system which was developed in-house she is fitted with radar, chart plotter, VHF radio direction finding equipment and AIS which allows her location to be tracked in real time. She has an endurance of 2.5 hours at maximum speed.
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|Launch Type||Carriages, davit or floating boathouse (Carriage at Porthcawl)|
|Displacement Load||1.8 tonnes|
|Top Speed||35 knots/ 40mph|
|Engines||2 x 115hp Yamaha (4 stroke)|
|Range/ Endurance||2.5 hours|