Meet The Fleet

The generosity of the public who support Sidmouth Lifeboat means we are able to be well-equipped when it comes to our fleet of boats, watercraft and launch vehicles.

Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Surgeon Captain Peter Jeffrey Truesdale and his sister Barbara Gates, we were able to replace our previous Arctic 24, ‘Pride of Sidmouth’, in 2019 with our new boat, named after its benefactors. Pride of Sidmouth had been on-service from 2004 until 2019 and attended 274 call outs, assisting 226 people in its time. You can read more about our current fleet here.

Full story of Surgeon Captain Peter Truesdale

Arctic 1

Peter & Barbara Truesdale

The Arctic 24 - self-righting Rigid Inflatable Inshore lifeboat.

Sidmouth Lifeboat's Speedy Sid

Sea Rider

Affectionately known as "Speedy Sid", the Sea Rider can be dispatched without the need for a tractor.


Launch Vehicle "Mary"

The Mary Taylor Valtra T140 tractor has been with the Lifeboat Station since 2015.

Winch 1

Winch Tractor

For recovery of all craft up the main beach.

Sidmouth Lifeboat in the snow on turn table

Turn Table

Helps the crew physically rotate the Arctic 24 180 degrees, so it sits the correct way in the trailer, ready for launch again.

Peter & Barbara Truesdale

The Sidmouth Lifeboat is an Arctic 24 self-righting Rigid Inflatable Inshore lifeboat.

Powered by 2x150hp outboard motors. It carries a 4 man crew at a top speed of 45 Knots.

At 7.66 metres long, 2.54 metres beam and 2050 kgs displacement, it is larger heavier and faster than its predecessor the Atlantic 21.

When operating in difficult conditions the strength and design of the deep “V” hull combined with the forward ballast tank provide a more capable lifeboat giving a safer more comfortable ride for the crew and survivors at higher speeds in heavy weather.

The boat is named after its benefactors - the late Surgeon Captain Peter Jeffrey Truesdale, a former Honorary Physician to the Queen, and his sister, the late Barbara Truesdale.

Read more about Surgeon Captain Peter Truesdale

Length Overall: 7.66m
Beam Overall: 2.54m
Draught: 0.80m
Displacement: 2050 kgs
Crew: (4 man crew)
Coxswain: In Command of Lifeboat & Helmsman
Navigator: Operates Radio, GPS & Radar Systems
Crew x 2: Survivor & Casualty Care
Survivors: Up to 8
2 x 150 hp Outboard Motor fitted with PIRS (Post immersion restart System)
Speed – Full Load: 45 knots
Range at Full Power: 140 nm / 3.5 hours
Under deck: Ballast tank – fill and empty during operation
Fuel tanks 2 x 150 litre
Sponsons: Inflatable sponsons 11 compartments – Emergency Inflation Bladder System.
“A frame” and mast Self righting system: Righting Bag, 2 x C02 gas cylinder. Navigation lights, 2 x floodlights, Radar antenna, VHF antenna, DSC antenna, AIS Antenna’s.
Navionics: GPS Chart plotter system with Helmsman repeater, Radar, Sonar depth sounder, electronic compass, AIS system and magnetic steering compass
Communications: VHF radio with DSC, 4 station intercom system, PA, Mobile telephone
Manufacturer: BAE Systems
Standards and Approvals: The vessel has been designed and built, to comply with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Code of Practice for all Open Rescue Boats Operational category B, day and night use. Structure to comply as a minimum with ISO6185.
Compliant with MCA Regulation 5, Merchant Shipping (Small Work Boats and Pilot Boats) Regulations 1998.

"Speedy Sid" - Sea Rider

Affectionately known as "Speedy Sid", Sidmouth Lifeboat's Sea Rider can be dispatched without the need for a tractor to support our Arctic 24 Sidmouth or "fill in" when its unavailable. Speedy Sid also doubles the crew’s training capacity.

Make: MilproAvon Sea Rider

Length: 4.2M

Beam/width: 1.9M

Draught/depth: 0.6M

Displacement/load: 361KG

Fuel capacity: (Run time at full speed- time & distance)  25L

Engines:  40Hp 2 stroke with PIRS

Maximum speed:  26Knots

Launch type:  Small trolley

Under Deck:  Filling Hull

Communication equipment:  Handheld VHF radios

Navigation equipment:  Garmin GPS

"Mary Taylor" - Launch Vehicle

The Mary Taylor Valtra T140 tractor was ordered on the 14th October 2014 and was on station in July 2015 after it’s marinisation by Jas P Wilson. The marinisation involved a complete strip down of the existing structure

The tractor was named after Mary Taylor who left a sum of £92,000 as a bequest to the Lifeboat with the intention of it being used to purchase a new Launch vehicle. The story of Mary’s incredible generosity is here.

Sidmouth Herald’s acticle to announce the arrival of Mary Taylor.

See details of the Mary Taylor below.
Jas P Wilson’s description of work completed on the Valtra T140.

Valtra T140 Dimensions and Engine key stats.
Weight: [Including blade] 11,000kg
Wheelbase: 108.3 inches [275 cm]
Length: 202.8 inches [515 cm]
Height: 116.5 inches [295 cm]
4WD turn radius: 36.7 feet [11.2 m]
Gears: 12 forward and reverse
Sisu Diesel 66ETA
– intercooled turbocharged diesel
– 6-cylinder
– liquid-cooled
– 402.6 ci [6.6 L]
Bore/Stroke: 4.252×4.724 inches [108 x 120 mm]
Power (gross): 145 hp [108.1 kW]
Cooling system: viscous fan
Rated RPM: 1800
Torque: 486.8 lb-ft [660.1 Nm]
Torque RPM: 1200
Fuel tank capactiy: 165 L

"Winchy" - Winch Tractor

Make: Ford 7610

Length: 4M

Width: 2.25M

Weight: 2.7Ton

Engine: 4.4L 4 cylinder diesel

Maximum speed:

Communication equipment: VHF

What it tows:
Jet Ski
Sea Rider
Mary & boat

What do we use it for?: Recovery of all craft up the main beach. We use the winch tractor to assist us in pulling Speedy Sid up the slipway after recovering the boat onto the beach. The winch tractor also assists the our main launch vehicle - The Mary Taylor - if it needs any support getting up the sometimes steep and loose pebbles on the main beach.

Turn Table

What do we use it for?: To prepare the Lifeboat for service following a net recovery*, it is necessary to remove it from the trailer and turn it around. This is done by using a small turntable. With the trailer in the raised position, the Lifeboat is reversed over the turn table and once in position, the Lifeboat is lowered onto the turn table. The tractor then pulls forward and the Lifeboat is rotated by hand. The tractor then reverses back and the trailer is then raised, lifting the Lifeboat off of the turn table, secure in the trailer.

(*A net recovery is when the lifeboat drives into the trailer and is ‘caught’ by the net, rather than reversing into the trailer. This type of recovery is used in rough weather or when it is necessary to get the lifeboat back to shore quickly, for example, if a casualty is on board.)