Lily camera update!

When we at LBRC were first alerted to the Lily camera, we were all VERY excited…!
After a couple of weeks of receiving Facebook notifications and emails from friends all saying ‘you NEEEEEED one of these…!!!’ We finally gave in and placed a pre order for one…

The delivery date of February 2016 seemed ages away.

Until today, when we received an email from Lily HQ to say that production has started….

Once again, we at LBRC are VERY excited about this!

Read the email for yourselves & roll on February….

Lily will make an excellent new member of our team!

Watch the promo video here:

Lily camera
Greetings from Lily HQ! This week, we’re excited to deliver a manufacturing update. As we mentioned last month, back in May we teamed up with a world-class Chinese manufacturing partner to build the Lily Camera at scale. We also hired a full-time team, pictured below, to closely manage our production line. This team is comprised of seasoned veterans who have built cameras together for the past fifteen years at companies such as Cisco, Dropcam, FLIP, and Nest/Google. We recently opened a Lily China office and our team there has been hard at work on your pre-orders ever since.
From left to right: Osmond (Director of Manufacturing Engineering), Wes (Quality Engineering Manager), Harry (Supply Chain and Materials Manager), Mike (Sr. Technical Program Manager), Doug (Chief Manufacturing Officer), Can Ming (Sr. Director of Asia Operations), Andrea (Technical Project Manager), Jerry (Supply Chain and Materials Engineer)

Over the course of the past several months, we have been refining our designs to ensure they are built at the highest standards of quality. In addition to these refinements, we have undertaken three major projects to expedite production.
First, we conducted a series of reliability tests: structural integrity analysis, drop tests, waterproofing jet tests, heat dissipation verification, sensor signal calibration, motor efficiency tests, propeller balancing, and embedded software simulation. These tests and simulations enabled us to achieve full product validation, but also led us to realize significant product improvements. We revamped the internal structure yielding a significant increase in strength, redesigned Lily’s propellers to improve flight stability, and sourced new motors with higher power efficiency.
Wes holding one of our test units.

Second, we got our production line locked and loaded. This included defining and validating the assembly line process, training employees to operate the line, inspecting all test routines, and streamlining the entire system for efficient unit turnaround.
Third, we created and validated all manufacturing tools and assemblies needed to build the Lily Camera. This involved cutting the steel tools needed to produce Lily’s plastic and rubber parts using injection molding, as well as setting up and testing the machines that create all the custom metal pieces of Lily.
With these milestones complete, we are proud to announce that we produced the first units off the production line this week! Every step of the line has undergone rigorous testing, and we are ready to proceed with next steps.
First unit off the production line! The housing is giving off that sheen in the image because the unit hadn’t been textured yet. Additionally, the color of the propeller hub will be updated.
Back view.

What’s next?
On the hardware side, the Lily China team is preparing to ramp up production. Meanwhile, at Lily HQ in San Francisco, our engineering team is working day and night to test software, firmware, and image quality on the first units coming off the line. Look out for a more detailed update on this process in the coming weeks.
We have several important milestones to hit between now and shipping in order to deliver a truly magical user experience. We are committed to communicating our engineering and manufacturing progress with as much transparency as possible.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Building a product at scale is hard. Building a flying camera at scale is even harder. We’re so thankful to have you on this journey with us.
Stay tuned!
-Team Lily

LBRC win GOLD again at Dorset Tourism Awards 2015!


Thursday 15th October saw the 3rd annual Dorset Tourism Awards ceremony take place at Bovington Tank Museum.

Lyme Bay RIB Charter entered in the Best Tourism Activity, Experience, Sport category once again and was placed as a finalist against stiff national competition from The National Trust and Go-Ape!

Having taken 2 Gold awards in the 2014 DTA’s, just making it to the finals in 2015 was an excellent achievement in itself, to then go on and re gain the award for a second year was an amazing effort…

2015 Award


Skipper and owner at LBRC  Simon Miles said:

‘We are very proud of winning this award, especially for the 2nd year running! we didn’t expect that at all… The whole team has worked particularly hard this summer and I am very proud of them all; it’s great to see that our standards haven’t dropped.

We’re also very pleased that Dorset, and particularly WEST Dorset is being recognised nationally as a top holiday area now. This can only be a good thing for everyone’

Entries in this years awards had grown by 10% and the number of awards handed out on the night had risen to 51!

West Dorset companies featured highly and won well this year with other golds being taken by Aroma Café in Lyme Regis, West Dorset Leisure Holidays in Eype and The Symondsbury Estate in Bridport as well as a Silver award to Fernhill Hotel in Charmouth.

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LBRC will now be fast-tracked in to the regional South West Tourism Awards in February (where they took Silver in 2014) with a possible chance to represent Nationally in the Visit England awards…

Fingers crossed…

Team LBRC 2015


LBRC take SILVER & BRONZE at the South West Tourism Awards!

LBRC in the finals!
LBRC in the finals!


A cracking start to 2015 not only with the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G BROADCHURCH back on our screens but also LBRC were also named as finalists and collected a SILVER place at the South West Tourism Awards for Tourism Experience and Bronze for Skipper Milo for Outstanding Customer Service!!!

Coupled to taking home double golds at the Dorset Tourism awards in October, the shelf is starting to bow a little now…

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12th Feb ’15 saw 98 trophies handed out to the elite of the regions tourist industry (which LBRC is proud, and perhaps a little surprised, to be included in!) at the Grand Pier Weston Super Mare.

The event was hosted by ITV new anchor Kylie Pentelow, with an inspiring and amusing speech from SW based travel writer, presenter, marine biologist and seemingly all round good egg Monty Halls…

Michael Eavis, organiser of the legendary Glastonbury Festival was also present for the evening and was himself recognised and awarded and Outstanding Contribution award for his many years of service and drawing literally millions of people to the region over the years…Michael Eavis SWTAwards

As a result of reaching the finals of the regional round LBRC has also been selected to enter the national Visit England Awards scheduled for later this year, which if chosen as a finalist will be an AWESOME accolade in itself… we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

We’ve posted an album of pictures from the SW awards night on our Facebook page SO CLICK THIS LINK TO BE DIRECTED THERE

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All that’s left to say is a huge THANK YOU to the LBRC team for their hard work and a huge THANK YOU to you folks for continuing to support us on the water…

The boats will back for Easter

See you then!



Broadchurch Competition Time!


Lyme By RIB Charter has teamed up with, Universal Music and The Ship Galley Kiosk to put together a fantastic prize package for their latest Broadchurch competition!

To celebrate the release of the Broachchurch soundtrack by Olafur Arnalds, has 6 signed CD’s to give away in total, with a superb 1st prize package…



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The winning entry will not only win a signed CD but also 4 seats on one of our Jurassic Coastal Cruises – offering the best views of the ‘Broadchurch’ cliffs, AND to round off your day The Ships Galley Kiosk are also offering West Bay’s best ‘Fish & Chip’ meals and a ’99’ ice cream!


Ships Galley Kiosk

So, what are you waiting for…?

Simply follow this link over to to enter!


GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

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South West Tourism Awards, Broadchurch and more…

 A great start to 2015 with Broadchurch back on our screens again spotlighting just how beautiful the Dorset coastline is!

The word from our chums at  is that website hits up by 150% since the start of the series.

We are currently working with Visit-Dorset, Universal records and Ships Galley Kiosk West Bay to build some prizes or their forthcoming Broadchurch competition, LBRC will be donating seats on a trip from the harbour for the lucky winners to view the coastline first hand for themselves…

IVT West Country reporter Duncan Sleightholme has been to West Bay to report

Have a look at his report here


Star of Broadchurch, David Tennant, also received a ‘Special Recognition Award’ at the recent Nation Television Awards

see the list of winners here


Speaking of which… (see what we did there?)

Following our amazing double gold win at the recent Dorset Tourism Awards, LBRC has been announced as a finalist in the forthcoming South West Tourism awards ceremony!!

This is fantastic news and means we are up with a chance to represent West Dorset and West Bay on a regional level.

We are finalists in the same 2 categories – Tourism Experience/Activity and Outstanding Customer Service.

Here’s the line up:


Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience of the Year

Sponsored by Moore Scarrott


LBRC in the finals!
LBRC in the finals!













Fingers crossed and we’ll be sure to let you know how we get on…

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