In 1859 The first Lizard Lifeboat station was placed at the most southerly point Polpeor Cove and in 1885 another station was built at nearby Church Cove, a mile or so to the east. That station closed in 1899 but the Polpeor station continued right through until 1961. Meanwhile, a Cadgwith Lifeboat Station was opened in 1867, and although the last Cadgwith lifeboat “Guide of Dunkirk” left service in 1961, the station remained active until 1963.
When the first boathouse opened at Kilcobben in 1961 the station became known as The Lizard-Cadgwith Lifeboat Station. In 1987 the name was officially changed by the RNLI to its present name The Lizard Lifeboat Station.
A series of boats have served the stations over the years ranging from the original six-oared, 30ft Anna Maria costing the princely sum of £135 in 1859, to the £550,000 47ft (14.3 metres) Tyne class twin-engined David Robinson to the present £2.7m Tamar class all-weather lifeboat 53ft (16.3metres), RNLB Rose.
Length: 16.3 metres
Beam: 5.3 metres
Draught: 1.4 metres
Displacement: 32 tonnes
Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C18 marine diesel 1,001hp each at 2,300rpm
Max speed: 25 knots
Range/endurance: 250 nautical miles
Crew number: 7
Survivor capacity: self righting: 44
Non self righting: 118
The Tamar is fitted with an integrated electronics Systems and Information Management
System (SIMS) designed to offer her crew the ability to monitor, operate and control many of the boat’s systems directly from the safety of their shock-mitigating seats.
The Tamar carries a Y Boat, an inflatable daughter boat housed under the aft deck and deployed from a hinged door in the transom. The Y boat has a 15hp outboard engine and is used in moderate conditions to access areas the lifeboat cannot reach.
The Lizard Lifeboat regularly launches on **exercise. Usually launching on Tuesday evenings throughout the year at 6.30 pm but on occasion also Sunday mornings at 9.30 am. The exercise launch day/s and times variation is due to operational exercise commitments when The Lizard Lifeboat may sometimes rendezvous to **exercise with one or two of our neighbouring stations. We invite and welcome you into the boathouse to watch the launch.
**Please Note: Exercise launches can be subject to last minute change or cancellation due to inclement weather or operational commitments so always check on our facebook page for up to the minute details of launches ….