By 1959 the number of calls for a lifeboat were reducing and Number 2 Station was closed. Twenty years later, however, the first inflatable in-shore lifeboat arrived on station. With a speed in excess of 20 knots and usually a two man crew, these easily-launched little craft are ideal for incidents involving body boarders, bathers, small yachts etc., all cases where speed is essential.
Meanwhile the Abdy Beauclerk was followed by the Alfred and Patience Gottwald, the Charles Dibdin (the first to be equipped with radar), the James Cable, and now the Freddie Cooper: all-weather boats, each fitted with the latest aids to navigation.
For the first time since 1870 the Aldeburgh lifeboat has the shelter of her own Penza boathouse and a tractor has taken over from manpower to launch the boat.