Frequently Asked Questions!

Q: What is Cowes Lifeboat called?
A: Sheena Louise, after a lady called Sheena Louise Pollock who loved sailing and died at a young age.
Q: How much did the lifeboat cost?
A: An Atlantic 85 lifeboat costs £214,000 and was built at the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Q: How fast does the lifeboat go?
A: 35 knots (nautical miles per hour)
Q: How big is the lifeboat?
A: 8.5 metres, that’s why it’s called an Atlantic 85!
Q: How much does it cost to run the station?
A: About £90,000 a year.
Q: When was Cowes RNLI formed?
A: We were originally established in 1987 as an independent lifeboat, but following requests, we became part of the RNLI in 2008.
Q: Can I come and visit the lifeboat station?
A: Yes, you can come to one of our open days on a Bank Holiday Monday, or during Cowes Week. Or you can arrange a visit by contacting us!
Q: How much does it cost to train a crew member?
A: About £1,266 a year.
Q: How much funding do you get from the government?
A: None!
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to email website@cowes-lifeboat.org.uk!