Plymouth is home to two lifeboats, and All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and an Inshore Lifeboat (ILB). Both lifeboats are berthed inside Millbay Marina. The ALB (Sybil Mullen Glover) is a Severn Class lifeboat and was named by the Queen in 2003. The ILB (Millennium Forester) is an Atlantic 75 B-Class Lifeboat and was placed on service in 2004.
The Severn Class Lifeboat is 17m long and is the largest in the RNLI's fleet. Her displacement is around 40 tonnes.
She has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 300nm at max speed.
The Severn normally goes to sea with a Coxswain, Mechanic, Navigator and 3 or 4 crewmembers.
A daughter boat is kept onboard and launched by crane. This boat is called a Y-Class and is used regularly for access into shallow water and transfers between vessels at sea.
As with all of the RNLI's all weather lifeboats, the Severn is fully self righting.
The ALB carries various equipment, including first aid kits, stretchers and medical gases.
Inshore Lifeboat - Millennium Forester
The ILB is used for rescues close to shore and on the many rivers in and around Plymouth.
The Atlantic 75 is constructed from GRP with a hypalon coated nylon tube. She is 7.3m long and can run for 3 hours at max speed. Her max speed is 32 knots.
She goes to sea with a Helmsman and two crew and is also self righting.