St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station
Station On October 7th 2016 our new station became fully operational with both the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and the D-class inshore lifeboat housed in the new building. Planning for the new building began about 15 years earlier when the possible need for a replacement boathouse and slipway was first identified.  It was not until the start of the summer of 2014 that work finally started on site. The construction project took two and a half years to complete and cost around £9 million – at the time the most expensive station built by the RNLI.  The remote location and hostile environment ensured that the St Davids station would be one of the most difficult to construct. The building has been designed with an intended 100-year lifespan yet being low maintenance and cheap to run. The new building provides all the facilities you would expect from a modern lifeboat station.  There are separate changing rooms for all-weather and inshore boat crews which also provide proper drying facilities to keep the crew’s waterproofs clean and dry. The crew room offers excellent views across Ramsey Sound and also provides sufficient space for training sessions to be held at the station, a facility which wasn’t available in the old buildings.  All of the accommodation rooms in the building have underfloor heating which works by extracting heat from sea water to incrementally heat the building. When ashore the all-weather lifeboat sits on a tipping cradle which keeps it almost horizontal which is very important for maintenance.  The workshop is close to the boarding point and provides the necessary facilities to maintain the boats and equipment.  There is also a 10,000 litre fuel tank installed to allow for refuelling in the station. The inshore lifeboat is stored on a trailer which is lifted from the ILB platform onto the slipway by a davit when preparing to launch.  There is also a changing/store room for the shore crew.
© David John and St Davids RNLI 2017.    The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603)
Station On October 7th 2016 our new station became fully operational with both the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and the D-class inshore lifeboat housed in the new building. Planning for the new building began about 15 years earlier when the possible need for a replacement boathouse and slipway was first identified.  It was not until the start of the summer of 2014 that work finally started on site. The construction project took two and a half years to complete and cost around £9 million – at the time the most expensive station built by the RNLI.  The remote location and hostile environment ensured that the St Davids station would be one of the most difficult to construct. The building has been designed with an intended 100-year lifespan yet being low maintenance and cheap to run. The new building provides all the facilities you would expect from a modern lifeboat station.  There are separate changing rooms for all-weather and inshore boat crews which also provide proper drying facilities to keep the crew’s waterproofs clean and dry. The crew room offers excellent views across Ramsey Sound and also provides sufficient space for training sessions to be held at the station, a facility which wasn’t available in the old buildings.  All of the accommodation rooms in the building have underfloor heating which works by extracting heat from sea water to incrementally heat the building. When ashore the all-weather lifeboat sits on a tipping cradle which keeps it almost horizontal which is very important for maintenance.  The workshop is close to the boarding point and provides the necessary facilities to maintain the boats and equipment.  There is also a 10,000 litre fuel tank installed to allow for refuelling in the station. The inshore lifeboat is stored on a trailer which is lifted from the ILB platform onto the slipway by a davit when preparing to launch.  There is also a changing/store room for the shore crew.
Copyright:  David John and St Davids RNLI 2017. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603)
Station On October 7th 2016 our new station became fully operational with both the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and the D-class inshore lifeboat housed in the new building. Planning for the new building began about 15 years earlier when the possible need for a replacement boathouse and slipway was first identified.  It was not until the start of the summer of 2014 that work finally started on site. The construction project took two and a half years to complete and cost around £9 million – at the time the most expensive station built by the RNLI.  The remote location and hostile environment ensured that the St Davids station would be one of the most difficult to construct. The building has been designed with an intended 100-year lifespan yet being low maintenance and cheap to run. The new building provides all the facilities you would expect from a modern lifeboat station.  There are separate changing rooms for all-weather and inshore boat crews which also provide proper drying facilities to keep the crew’s waterproofs clean and dry. The crew room offers excellent views across Ramsey Sound and also provides sufficient space for training sessions to be held at the station, a facility which wasn’t available in the old buildings.  All of the accommodation rooms in the building have underfloor heating which works by extracting heat from sea water to incrementally heat the building. When ashore the all-weather lifeboat sits on a tipping cradle which keeps it almost horizontal which is very important for maintenance.  The workshop is close to the boarding point and provides the necessary facilities to maintain the boats and equipment.  There is also a 10,000 litre fuel tank installed to allow for refuelling in the station. The inshore lifeboat is stored on a trailer which is lifted from the ILB platform onto the slipway by a davit when preparing to launch.  There is also a changing/store room for the shore crew.
St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station
Copyright:  David John and St Davids RNLI 2017. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603)