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Llandudno's new lifeboat – first pictures

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI has made available the first pictures to show Llandudno's new all-weather lifeboat, at present under construction at the RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole.

Expected to enter service next year, the £2.2M technologically-advanced 25-knot Shannon class lifeboat will replace Llandudno's current lifeboat Andy Pearce.

The new lifeboat will in due course be named 'RNLB William F Yates' in accordance with the wishes of the late Mrs Gladys Yates, whose substantial legacy together with other legacies and gifts has funded the lifeboat's construction.  Mrs Yates and her late husband, whose name the boat will carry, lived in Llandudno; their home overlooked the bay so they will often have seen the town's lifeboat being launched.

The attached pictures show (a) the lifeboat's advanced composite hull moulding, and (b) the foredeck and superstructure moulding.  As construction progresses the two units will be mated and bonded together, prior to the installation of on-board systems, fittings and equipment together with twin Scania diesel engines and Hamilton water-jet units.

An RNLI Llandudno spokesman said: 'These are exciting times for everyone in Llandudno's volunteer lifeboat team, with the new inshore lifeboat now in service, and our new lifeboat station and new all-weather boat both under construction.  We are of course all looking forward to the day when the William F Yates comes into the bay for the first time, heading for her new home'.

Notes to editor
Photos show:
Llandudno RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat’s advanced composite hull moulding.
Llandudno RNLI’s new Shannon class lifeboat’s foredeck and superstructure moulding.
Cresdit: RNLI/Nathan Williams


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Further information - Alan Sharp, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 01492.543315.

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