How does the Shannon class self-right?
You may have seen the dramatic footage of Hastings lifeboat during Storm Ciara where, as it battles the heavy seas, it tips onto its side, almost capsizing. This is called a knockdown and for many vessels, would be a very dangerous event. But the Shannon class lifeboat is different. Designed and built by RNLI engineers at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, the Shannon has some key design elements that mean it can self-right, even in seas as rough as those seen during Storm Ciara.
In this video, Senior Naval Architect and Poole Lifeboat Crew Member Ed Davies explains how choices made during the design process enables the lifeboat to prevent a capsize from becoming a catastrophe.