Registered Charity No. UK 209603
The first boathouse in Llandudno was situated close to the Railway Station. This was built in 1860 at a cost of £147.10/- to house Llandudno's first lifeboat. In 1904 a new Boathouse was built at a cost of £1,370.16/1d. This was built in Lloyd Street, the site of the current boathouse and the first boat to reside there was the Theodore Price. The location which is in Lloyd Street, is in the centre of town, and it was built there to facilitate launching from both the north and west shores. The boathouse has been extended over the years to accommodate the larger replacement boats and has now reached a stage where no further extensions can be made.
The boathouse provides very little comfort for the crew. The Andy Pearce is a tight fit and once the landrover and ILB are in the boathouse there is very little room for manoeuvre. Upstairs the crew have a narrow landing on which to change into their boat gear. The crew room is so small that when all the crew are in the Boathouse about half of them have to sit on the floor. There is one toilet in a room which is no larger than a broom cupboard. From the outside the boathouse is a very attractive building but completely impracticable for use to-day.
The problems encountered whilst trying to reach the prom.
Plans are well in hand for a new boathouse to be built on reclaimed land on Llandudno Promenade close to the current slipway. This will provide adequate accommodation for our next boat, which will be slightly larger then our present Mersey, and will also provide suitable training rooms and changing rooms for the crew and provide shelter for the shore crew who at present have to remain on the promenade in all weathers while the boat is out. Although planning permission has not yet been granted it is hoped that this will be the case in the very near future. There have been a few objections to the siting of the new Boathouse but it is hoped that common sense will prevail and that we will be granted planning permission and thus continue with the important issue of saving lives at sea.