Our Launching Rig

County Tractor and RNLI DODO trailer

This is our launching tractor. It is a marinised Ford County tractor, produced by Mike Biglands of Wales.

The tractor pushes our DODO (Drive On Drive Off) trailer with the lifeboat on it, over the beach and into the sea off Kinghorn. When the lifeboat reaches floating depth she is driven straight off the trailer, which leaves the poor tractor driver to trundle back up the beach and wait until she returns!

The tyres in our tractor are 3/4 full of WATER, which helps to stop her from floating away if she encounters large waves or goes in too deep.