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.

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 Support Centre 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.

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

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 and Saturday at 10am. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and costs just £5 per person.

Book your place today by contacting our College Reception Team on 0300 300 7654 or at

Webcams at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre

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