The Station

The Station

Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Exmouth Lifeboat Station is situated on Queens Drive, near to Maer Rocks.

The current lifeboat station went operational on 21 November 2009.  It was built using funds from a major appeal, and a number of significant legacies, each of which are detailed on plaques in each room.

The lifeboat station houses:

  • Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) R and J Welburn, with its carriage and tractor – Shannon launch and recovery system (SLARS)
  • D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) George Bearman with its Tooltrak tractor and carriage.

The ramp is wide enough to allow both boats to be launched at the same time.

In June 2012, photovoltaic cell panels were fitted to the roof, providing power to contribute to the national grid which the charity benefits from in the way of reduced energy bill tariffs, therefore saving money.

Former Coxswain Mechanic, Tim Mock describes the other environmentally-friendly designs of the building;

‘We have geothermal heating, drawing natural energy from the Earth’s core using the boreholes made during the building’s construction. All the lighting in the building is operated by proximity sensors for the minimum amount of time needed, so no lights are left on unnecessarily. The wood used is sustainable cedar and the window glass is highly energy-efficient. We also harvest a large quantity of rain water from our specially designed roof, which is used to wash the boats with.’