THE crew of the Ilfracombe lifeboat have been showing their counterparts from Exmouth what to expect when their new boat arrives. The East Devon town is to get its first purpose built seafront boathouse, together with a Mersey class boat from next year, w

THE crew of the Ilfracombe lifeboat have been showing their counterparts from Exmouth what to expect when their new boat arrives.The East Devon town is to get its first purpose built seafront boathouse, together with a Mersey class boat from next year, which can be launched from a carriage or slipway - just as Ilfracombe RNLI crews have been doing for years.Four Exmouth crewmembers, deputy second coxswain Giles White, Ian Taylor and brothers Andrew and Karl Stott, joined the Ilfracombe crew aboard their boat the Mary Margaret to get a feel for her.Reporter Becca Gliddon and photographer Simon Horn were on hand to cover the event for the Gazette's sister paper the Exmouth Journal.The existing Trent class boat at Exmouth is moored in the river Exe but cannot be launched at low tide. The new boat should enable the crew to launch faster, 24 hours a day.Andrew Putt, Ilfracombe cox for 15 years, said the Merseys are superb. "They handle brilliantly in all weather conditions and are ideally suited to launching from the beach, no matter whether the seas are steep or the tide racing."If you ask any Mersey coxswain if they'd swap their lifeboat with another class, they'll say no! "The Mersey will allow the Exmouth crew to put to sea at anytime of day or night and I look forward to helping them with their training.