"Having a fillable bow tank is vital when heading into a rough sea and head wind, to keep the bow of the boat in connection with the sea surface, whilst maintaining speed when responding to a call out.
It provides a more capable lifeboat, giving a safer, more comfortable ride for the crew and survivors at higher speeds in heavy weather."
Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat Station
Photo by Nigel Millard
Our dynamic ballast system is already hard at work helping to save lives around the clock, from the North Sea to the eastern Mediterranean. It is fitted on the entire RNLI Atlantic 85 fleet, and is in active use by over 150 lifeboats across 100 stations around the UK.
The RNLI Atlantic 85 is widely considered to be the benchmark for Search and Rescue vessels. It's predecessor, the Atlantic 75, is still in active use across Europe.
Rescuers who are racing to save lives in the most treacherous of conditions require suitably tough hardware. That's why so many use our system to help get them there in time when it really matters.
When out on patrol or undertaking a mission, comfort is unlikely to be at the top of an operator's priority list. However, we like to think of it as an added bonus for using our system.
What we actually offer is stability; it's up to you what you do with it. Stabilise your weapons platform to increase accuracy whilst intercepting at speed, or reduce risk of damage to craft and crew whilst exfiltrating in rough seas.
Using a variable ballast system enables the helm to compensate for the reduction in vessel weight caused by the consumption of fuel. It also protects the occupants of the vessel from the increased fatigue and reduced performance caused by exposure to impact and vibration.
Whether you're looking for adventure, or just a more comfortable ride to shore, our system can help you get there in one piece. When you have friends or family on board, the last thing you want is to have the fun cut short by discomfort. This is especially true in chartered vessels, when carrying paying customers who won't want to be battered by impact and vibration.
Our system was originally designed to assist offshore racers improve performance, and is as effective today as it was twenty years ago. If you want to go full throttle, our system helps you to squeeze every last ounce of performance from your vessel.
No task is made easier by having to perform it on a rocking boat, especially if you're already battered and bruised from the journey there. When you've got a job to do, the ocean is rarely obliging in performing calm seas.
Every day, crews around the world venture onto the water to perform tasks which can be hazardous at the best of times, often compounded by rough sea states. These are tough jobs for a tough crew, who deserve equally tough gear that can be relied upon to get the job done.