The Old Custom House in Cowes is being transformed into an RNLI lifeboat station, complete with new slipway


Work has started on the foundations of a new lifeboat station in Cowes, which will allow the lifeboat to launch.

The contractors are using the current public slipway that runs parallel, saving the RNLI money.

Bob Gerrard, RNLI shoreworks divisional manager east, said,”Working off the public slipway is not only cheaper, it is less disruptive to others. The alternative of working from a barge moored up in the river would have had wider impact on others.”

The project is part of the £1m public appeal for funds to improve facilities that are currently based at Shepards Wharf Marina.

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