Saving Lives at Sea
Pair of Gardner 6LX marine engines
Posted - 18th December 2016
The end of 2016 sees the arrival of a special pair of engines and a rare combination of the day job and these old engines for me (Martyn). These engines have been temporarily removed for ex RNLI Lifeboat ON989 - RNLB James and Catherine Macfarlane. She was built by Berthon Boat Company, Lymington in 1967. Serving at Padstow, Cornwall from 1967 to 1983 and then The Lizard, Cornwall from 1983 until 1987 when she was withdrawn from service. Early in 1988 she was put on display to the public at Lands End, Cornwall where she remained until mid 2016 when due to her deteriorating condition she was sold to the current owners.
To compliment this boats return to the sea, she is undergoing an end to end refit and conversion for pleasure use whilst retaining her lifeboat looks externally. MPS have been tasked to return the pair of Gardner's that have not run in 30 years to full working order.