RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat

The Shannon Class lifeboat was designed to save lives in practically any weather even when the seas throw a massive tantrum. It’s self-righting so that it can return to an upright position should it capsize and it was given a unique hull to minimize slamming in heavy seas. Time is of the essence when lives are at stake and the Shannon is equipped with two 650hp Scania engines that propel¬†the craft to a maximum speed of 25 knots. It’s tough enough for rough seas but it’s versatile enough¬†to operate on shallow waters thanks to its twin Hamilton HJ364 waterjets that also give it agility and maneuverability. The Shannon has a capacity for up to 79 survivors with a range of 250 nautical miles. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has 10 of these in their stations with 4 in the relief fleet at the ready. RNLI is a charity that saves lives around the coasts of the UK and Ireland and is crewed by unpaid volunteers so if you want a shot at going behind the wheel of the Shannon then consider joining the RNLI.

featured photo by Dave James/RNLI

See RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat in Action