Mora Edith MacDon­ald

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN’S lifeboat, the Mora Edith MacDon­ald, is a Trent­class ves­sel which mea­sures 14.26m in length and 4.9m in the beam.

She dis­places 26 tonnes and her two MAN diesel en­gines gen­er­ate 1,700 horse­power and a top speed of 25 knots. She car­ries 4,100 litres (900 gal­lons) of fuel and has a range of 250 nau­ti­cal miles.

The Trent- class boats first en­tered ser­vice in 1994, with the Mora Edith MacDon­ald built and launched in 1997.

She is an all-weather lifeboat and is self-right­ing should she cap­size.

She is con­structed from fi­bre re­in­forced com­pos­ite ma­te­rial which com­bines ex­cep­tional strength but re­mains light­weight. The hull is sub­di­vided into six wa­ter­tight com­part­ments and the wheel­house con­tains seat­ing for seven crew while the fore cabin has seat­ing for 10.

There is pro­vi­sion for a stretcher to be se­cured in the wheel­house and fur­ther stretcher ca­pac­ity in the fore­cabin.

The Trent car­ries an in­flat­able X-boat which can be de­ployed in moderate con­di­tions to gain ac­cess in shal­low wa­ter.

The Mora Edith MacDon­ald cost £1.5 mil­lion to build and equip.

Four ba­bies have been born aboard.

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