THE POOLE, Dorset, based Atlantic 85 lifeboat, pictured, faces tough times and goes out in a range of weathers day or night with volunteers on-call 24/7.

It’s an extremely busy boat and this year alone has launched over 75 times to help those in need.

Inshore lifeboats tend to go for a refit every 5-7 years to the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) which supplies and maintains over half of the lifeboats for all 238 lifeboat stations, as well as lifeguard units.

Based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight the ILC has a team of 70 skilled boatbuilders, fitters, electricians and solutionists who build and maintain up to 50 boats each and every year. This includes inflatable B class and D class lifeboats, and lifeguards’ inshore rescue boats (IRBs).

The technicians work across two buildings, supported by a team of office workers, store persons and apprentices. There’s a dedicated laminating shop, spray booth, machine shop and welding bay, specifically for the creation of the B class Atlantic inflatable lifeboats.

During the refit of the Poole Atlantic 85 boatbuilders will strip the boat back including the console, deck fittings, rebuild all electrical components, prep and paint decks, check engines over and much more, ensuring that the boat continues to save lives at sea.