The BISRA Lifeboat St. Brendan, which replaced the Atlantic 21 in 2006 is an MST 750 Rescue Craft, purpose-built to BISRA’s own specifications by Marine Specialised Technology Ltd, based in Liverpool. Since the Associations inception in 1988, this is Bantry Lifeboats first new boat as all boats prior to that were bought second hand or were decommissioned rescue boats.

Powered by two 150 HP Evinrude V6 2-stroke outboard engines, she achieved a top speed of 42 knots and has an estimated 5 hours endurance at full speed.

In 2016 St. Brendan went back to Liverpool for a re-fit and upgrade of some of the onboard equipment. Today the boat boasts an impressive array of DSL radio, the latest in depth sounder technology and a high definition broadband radar. All the technology was chosen to ensure that the boat and crew can operate safely and effectively in nearly all weather conditions, both night and day.

1. Commercial Specification GRP Hull

2. Tube top wear patch X 12

3. 500 Dia. Heavy duty inflatable tubes (7 Compartment)

4. Additional bow rubbing strake

5. Aluminium bow locker hatch with strong point

6. External life lines

7. Triple Fendering

8. Paddles and Boat Hook

9. Removable deck section

10. Aluminium Command Console with screen & grab rail

11. On deck cable trunking

12. Deck Scupper

13. Evinrude 150hp Outboard Engines

14. Double ‘A’ Frame with full self righting equipment

15. Access hatches – Bilge and Lower Outboard Bolts

16. Jockey Seats with Stowage

17. Rope Reel with Integral Bollard

18. Sea Anchor Release Handle – on Tube End Cone

19. RNLI Sea Anchor

20. Evinrude 2 Stroke Oil Tank

21. Self Righting Release Handle

22. Transom Deck Bung

23. Transom Lift Point Port and Starboard

24. For’d Lift Point Port and Starboard


The boat operates with a minimum of four crew. This includes the Cox who is in charge of the boat and crew and the three additional crew, all of whom have very important functions within the boat.

The boat is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers in addition to crew, ensuring an effective rescue service.