All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Our All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole brings every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house and under one roof.

We have pledged to provide every all-weather lifeboat crew with a 25-knot lifeboat by 2019.

This means we will require at least 50 new Shannon class lifeboats and will need to build six of these all-weather lifeboats every year, as well as maintain our existing fleet.

To make this happen, we constructed a brand new All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) at our headquarters in Poole, Dorset, which officially opened on 21 August 2015.

The facility brings every stage of the lifeboat building process in-house and under one roof, ensuring that we are fully equipped to build the next generation of all-weather lifeboats.

It gives us greater control of costs and quality, and it creates employment, including apprenticeships in marine engineering and boatbuilding.

Chris Eves, Manufacturing Manager at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Photo: Nathan Williams

Chris Eves, Manufacturing Manager at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre

The All-weather Lifeboat Centre will allow the RNLI to govern its own destiny. In future there will be fewer suppliers who can meet our specialist requirements. So, as well as mitigating the risk within our lifeboat building supply chain, the new facility will give us greater control over our quality and costs. By bringing all-weather lifeboat building in house and capitalising on the expertise within the organisation we will be able to save at least £3M each year once fully up and running

Chris Eves
Manufacturing Manager at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Key features of our All-weather Lifeboat Centre

  • Two boat halls with flexible bays for manufacturing and maintaining lifeboats
  • Component manufacturing area 
  • Launch, recovery and boat storage area
  • Paint preparation area with built in extraction system and heat curing facility 
  • Workshop for supporting our inshore training fleet
  • Office facilities 
  • Tools and equipment storage
  • Visitors’ viewing area

Take a tour

Ever seen a lifeboat in production? Our All-weather Lifeboat Centre Tours take you behind the scenes of our world-class lifeboat-building factory.

Tours take place from RNLI College on a Wednesday at 4.30pm. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and costs just £5 per person.

Book your place today by contacting our College Reception Team on 01202 308 500 or at reception@rnli.org.uk.

Webcams at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre

Take a peek inside our All-weather Lifeboat Centre.

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The webcam images at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre are updated daily between 12pm and 12.15pm. You may need to refresh this web page (Ctrl+F5 on a keyboard) to view the most recent images.

Bay 5 for building Shannon class lifeboats

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Bay 6 for building Shannon class lifeboats

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Bay 11 for building Shannon class lifeboats

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Bays 9 and 10 for building Shannon class lifeboats

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Lifeboat repair bay

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Refit bay for Mersey class lifeboats

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Lifeboat refit bay

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Bay 11B is an overflow area and a repair and refit bay for all lifeboats 

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