News : New engines fitted to Southport Lifeboat
The Southport Lifeboat has recently upgraded its outboard engines on the Heather White, for a more powerful model. The change sees the boat’s twin 135hp Mercury engines replaced with two brand new 150hp Mercury’s.
It is common practice for the Lifeboat’s engines to be replaced on a regular basis. The previous set had been on since the Lifeboat was purchased in 2007, and the change was initially planned to be carried out after the busy summer season. However one of the outboards suffered problems whilst on a training exercise in January.
With a repair cost looking at approximately £4000, it was decided that the replacement would happen immediately. Due to the new version of the 135hp Mercury’s offering a slightly decreased power output, the decision was taken to upgrade to the more powerful 150hp option.
The Heather White was off station for 10 days whilst the change took place, with Southport IRB becoming the main lifeboat ready for service. Fortunately, there were no call outs during this period.
With the new outboards fitted, the Southport Lifeboat now offers better acceleration, handling and a slightly increased top speed of 44knots.
The old engines are to be repaired and resold by E.P Barrus, who have supplied engines to the Southport Lifeboat for many years. The money they generate will go part of the way to regaining the £16,000 cost of the upgrade. The remainder of the sum has been paid with money raised from the charity shop, public donations and the Lifeboat Lottery.
The Southport Lifeboat still needs your help. It costs around £40,000 per year to run the rescue service we provide. If you can help, please visit our Donations or Get Involved page.