The Isle of Barra’s RNLI lifeboat is up on blocks inside a shed at the boatyard of A Noble and Sons in Girvan, Ayrshire this week.

The 17-metre, 42-tonne RNLB Severn class vessel, Edna Windsor (17-12), is to have a full mid-service-life engine replacement.

She was brought undercover at Noble's boatyard yesterday (Tuesday 29 September) ready for work to begin, after being at Girvan for several weeks.

Alexander Noble and Sons were established in 1946 as traditional shipwrights, and still use some of the increasingly rare skills needed to repair wooden vessels, but the majority of their work today involves repair, refit and maintenance of steel workboats such as trawlers and pilot tugs.

Undercover at their yard they have two slipways with engineering and spray-painting workshops, and it’s on one of these that the Barra RNLB has been secured ready for work to begin.

She will be fitted with twin 10-cylinder engines giving a speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 miles. The self-righting vessel has below-decks room for casualties and an area where a doctor can work, with stretcher space, a galley and secure seating.

While the work is continuing, Barra Island RNLI station has a replacement vessel, the Severn class RNLB Robert and Joy Freeman (17-31), which enables them to continue responding to emergencies until the return of their own vessel, which is expected at the end of October.

Pictures show the Barra lifeboat on the slipway and in the engineering shed at Nobles boatyard in Girvan yesterday (A Noble and Sons).