The RNLI put in motion plans to provide a new Tamar Class lifeboat, and build a new station fit for the 21st century, at the cost of £10M. The station launched an appeal to the public, to raise £1M towards that cost.
RNLB Max Aitken III was retired to the relief fleet on 9 February and temporarily replaced by a Mersey Class lifeboat - Peggy & Alex Caird (12-001), stationed just outside the harbour at the Point in Bembridge and launched across the beach by a semi-submersible Tallus T100 fully tracked tractor. See "Temporary Lifeboat" for more photos.
Work commenced on the demolition of the old Offshore Boathouse and the construction of the one.