Tuesday, 15 April 2008


Each All Weather Lifeboat is designed so that it can not only survive a capsize but also continue to operate afterwards. Although the main cabin (wheelhouse) and the engine room are seemingly waterproof and sealed they do in-fact have a number of openings in their structures. For example, the engine room has openings to allow air in and out for cooling and also for the engines to be able to breath.

Each of these openings is marked on the deck with red paint and also numbered (odds to starboard and evens to port). In the event of a fire they can be manually shut to seal the space and prevent oxygen from reaching the fire. Some of them, such as this one, are also designed to self close in the event of a capsize to prevent water ingress.

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