Wells new Shannon boathouse
Wells Boathouse Build

New boathouse build

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Almost there...

Sunday 17 Jul 2022

With the excitement of the station's new Shannon lifeboat leaving its build slot at the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre and being lifted into the water for the first time in Poole, Shannon training starting for the crew and both current Wells lifeboats suddenly being busy in the Summer hot weather, it's easy to forget that contractors have continued to work feverishly to finish the new boathouse. As the shop and visitor spaces and crew room are starting to be fitted out, the last bits of the roof, cladding and signage have been put into place.

However, there's still a way to go with a list of snags and smaller jobs to be sorted and a delay to the groundworks to finish the southern apron and add steps and a ramp on the beach bank side of the building. As a result, the building will now be handed over towards the end of August and plans to open some parts and move some assets over sooner have been shuffled back. The shop will now not be open in time for the school holidays and the inshore lifeboat will, for now, continue to operate from the current lifeboat station alongside the all-weather lifeboat.

Our new Shannon lifeboat is being commissioned and trialled in Poole with the aim of arriving in Wells in late September. Intensive training for the new boat and equipment is now underway with courses for Wells crew scheduled both in Wells and at the Lifeboat College in Poole over the coming weeks. To help with this, a SLRS launching carriage and subsequently a relief Shannon lifeboat will arrive in Wells in the next few weeks.

 

Shop area being fitted out (plus historic righting poles moved from the old boathouse)

Shop area being fitted out (plus historic righting poles moved from the old boathouse)
6/7/22 RW

Shop and visitor engagement space being fitted out

Shop and visitor engagement space being fitted out
6/7/22 RW

Crew room with furniture added

Crew room with furniture added
6/7/22 RW

Crew room with chart table

Crew room with chart table
6/7/22 RW

One way privacy film - with images - on the wotrkshop windows

One way privacy film - with images - on the wotrkshop windows
6/7/22 RW

Southern aspect with signs and one-way images on the shop window

Southern aspect with signs and one-way images on the shop window
6/7/22 RW

Shop signage and entrance

Shop signage and entrance
6/7/22 RW

Finishing up on the roof, as seen from the ramp up from the Beach Road car park

Finishing up on the roof, as seen from the ramp up from the Beach Road car park
8/7/22 MP

Aerials and masts going up above the main door

Aerials and masts going up above the main door
12/7/22 MP