‘Sheena Louise’ B-859

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If someone is in difficulty, on or near the water, HM Coastguard will decide on the most appropriate asset to launch, whether that is a lifeboat, helicopter or coastguard rescue team. If it is deemed that Cowes Lifeboat is needed, they will alert us, via pagers and we will launch the lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 design allows room for four crew members and more kit than the Atlantic 75 lifeboat.


Lifeboat at Cowes: B-859 Sheena Louise

Date on service at Cowes:    June 2012

Crew:                                             4

Survivor capacity:                  20

She is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed. The added radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility and she also has VHF direction-finding equipment.

A manually operated self-righting mechanism combined with two 115hp 4-stroke inversion-proofed engines keep her operational even after capsize. She is also capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear.


The Atlantic 85 carries a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, including VHF radio, VHF direction finding, intercom, DGPS and electronic chart, radar and hand-held VHF, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operations.

Technical specifications:


Length: 8.44m
Beam/width: 2.85m
Draught/depth: 0.53m
Displacement/load: 1.8 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 230 litres
Engines: 2 x Yamaha 4-stroke
Power: 115hp each
Maximum speed: 35 knots
Launch type: Slipway, with a winch
Construction: Hull – the carbon fibre and foam core laminate structure includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.

Inflatable collar (tubes) – hypalon-coated nylon.


Sheena Louise

The Sheena Louise  was funded by Mrs Bertha Pollock.  The boat is named in memory of her daughter Sheena Louise Pollock who loved sailing and died at just 39


She is very important to Mrs Bertha Pollock and family who generously provided the funds for her.   All of the people who are involved with Cowes Lifeboat Station are proud to be associated with the memory of Sheena Louise and all are committed to have the lifeboat ready for service with a trained crew, 24 hours a day, no matter what.