Mark 2 A85 Carriage
The A85 carriage was designed by Clayton Engineering Limited for the RNLI in 2004, and was based on an existing carriage used for launching a smaller RIB than the A85 RIB. The carriage carried over many features of the previous design, but also included some innovative features. A collapsible tow point was fitted as some boat-houses were too short to house the new boat and trailer. Also, tipping and rail mounted variants were added to the design, followed by a tracked version and a triple axle version.
In 2011 Clayton Engineering Limited and the RNLI carried out a Lean design review of the product. As a result of this exercise many redundant features were removed and the design rationalised resulting in a 20% reduction in the price.