Reddingsboot in Harlingen, The Netherlands
The aft cabin of the ship serves as day-time accommodation. It is here that you can enjoy your breakfast, which is quietly delivered in the pilothouse first thing in the morning. On deck, there are plenty of neat places to sit and enjoy the harbour, the town and the sea. There is a water lily-shaped bed and a wooden two-person bath in the fore-cabin.
Hungry air scoops, curious sliding windows and a provocative sheer – is this a ship? Doesn’t this nautical gift, fashioned from mahogany, deserve to be addressed by a better name than the collective term for floating bathtubs? The Lilla Marras is a work of art – completely restored and adapted to its new use. With respect for the boat’s inimitable lines, everything has been done to make the lower deck a comfortable place to stay.
The Harlingen Lifeboat is suitable for day-time and night-time occupation by two people. The facilities are situated fore and aft in the boat and comprise the following: Aft cabin with swivel armchairs, table and wall unit for audio-visual equipment, Aft cockpit (external) with breakfast facilities, Fore-cabin with bed, wooden bath and toilet.
The Lilla Marras served as lifeboat from 1955 to 1979 at several places on the British coast. During that period she performed 105 rescue operations and saved 45 lives. A few years ago, she was brought over to the Netherlands by a lifeboat enthusiast. It has been an asset to the Harlingen harbour ever since. Although the boat makes heavy demands in terms of maintenance and seamanship, it was well worth the effort.