Cullercoats's B class lifeboat, an Atlantic 85, pounds through a breaking wave on a training exercisePhoto: RNLI/Adrian Don
Cullercoats's B class lifeboat, an Atlantic 85, pounds through a breaking wave on a training exercise

With top speeds of up to 40 knots, inshore lifeboats can give volunteer crews a rough ride. So the RNLI has always been on the lookout for technologies to reduce the impact of shock and vibration. Pneumatic seat specialists Park It Here products spend 3 years coming up with a new design for us, and from this year the new seats are being installed in Atlantic 85 lifeboats.

They are designed to be the same size, shape and cost as existing versions, meaning that crew are immediately familiar with the layout, and expensive modifications don’t have to be made to the boats at refit time. More importantly, sea trials show they significantly reduce the effects of boat acceleration on crew.