After some 40 years of working from portacabins on Halfpenny Pier and appeal was launched to fund a new boathouse with adequate training facilities for the crew.
After about 2 years with extensive funding from local supporters and organisations construction started on the reclamation of a site at Harwich Navyard. The building was purpose built to ensure efficient launching of the inshore lifeboat and a permanent berth with protection from winter storms for the offshore lifeboat.
Completion of the boathouse was in 2003 at a cost of £1.25m. The operational life will be a minimum 75 years and is designed to accept future boats of the ILB class. The building was designed on the concept of the old method of boatbuilding. The curved roof resembles the hull of an upturned boat which is how boats were built in the early days. The Harwich Navyard has a history of boatbuilding particularly navy ships which is how it got its name.