'The Two Annes'
was donated and named by Anne Bache in August 2006, and was the first Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to go on station in England, and the second in the British Isles. The lifeboat is named after Anne and her sister-in-law Ann, and is the second inshore lifeboat to be donated by the Bache family - the first lifeboat being the D class 'The Young Watsons' at Bury Port.
The Atlantic 85 is one of the new generation of RNLI B-class Atlantic inshore lifeboats, first developed by the RNLI from a design originated at Atlantic College, South Wales.
The hull is made from a carbon fibre and foam core laminate that minimises the internal structure whilst maintaining overall stiffness.
The foam is a very tough material that has the ability to absorb and recover from high impact loads such as pounding through waves at speed.
With a crew of four, and two inversion-proof 115hp petrol engines, the lifeboat is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots, and is
fitted with a manually operated righting system which, combined with her inversion proofed engines, allows her to remain operational even after capsize.
Equipped with the latest in electronic equipment including radar, a chart plotter and VHF radio direction finding equipment, she has an endurance of 2.5 hours.