Porthdinllaen’s Tamar has been funded by the generous bequest of the late Mr John Dominic Spicer, from Oxfordshire who died on the 7 October 2010. At the request of the executors the lifeboat is to be named RNLB John D Spicer. The boat will be temporarily kept on a mooring whilst work to build a new boathouse at the Morfa Nefyn site gets underway.
The Tamar features the latest technology to enhance its lifesaving capabilities. Compared to the Tyne class lifeboat, the Tamar is bigger – 16 metres as opposed to 14 – and has a faster response time, with a speed of 25, rather than 17 knots.
The Tamar includes the computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) that 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.
For details about our previous boat, Hetty Rampton, click HERE