Ferryside Lifeboat's annual running costs average around £11,000 every year. However, we also need to raise significantly larger sums for new equipment or a significant replacement.
Right now, there is a need to replace our ancient mud boat.
At low tides, there's insufficient water in the Towy Estuary to allow us to launch our main Lifeboat. We have as a secondary boat a small 2.8m 'mud boat' that can float in around a foot of water and that will can be dragged across sandbanks. It's incredibly useful for a range of operational emergencies and recovery tasks, however the current boat we have is around 30 years old and has reached the end of its life.
We've been given a grant towards a new boat by the Department of Transport, however we need to contribute our own funds to top this up to the full cost, and are looking to raise £3,000.