]The two boats at Portsmouth Lifeboat station are launched in different ways.

The Atlantic 85 is launched by using a tractor and trailer (shown below right).
This approach has the flexibility of the boat being towed to an alternative location to be launched if there is a problem with the station slip way.

The D class is manually launched and recovered using a trolley and electric winch to control the decent into the water.

boathouse - how we launch
Tractor- how we launch