The Tamar class lifeboat is the RNLI's latest design and is gradually replacing the Tyne class.
It has an advanced centralised hydraulic control system which was designed and manufactured by Hypro Marine. This controls the bow thruster, three capstan winches, transom door operation, two bilge pumps, engine room fan and air conditioning with emergency module isolation capability.
The Tamar is bigger and faster than the Tyne and can be launched from a slipway or lie afloat. The Tamar's computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) enables crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions remotely from the safety of their seats. Other features include advanced ergonomics, that reduce the impact on the crew as the lifeboat crashes through waves, and a powered Y boat stored behind a transom door to allow immediate deployment.
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The RNLI is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our lifeboat service in the UK receives no government funding. Visit www.rnli.org.uk for further information.