Some good friends of our over here took us on a really neat hike around the La Hague peninsula (called presqu'île, literally "almost an island" in French) to a town called Goury. The Michelin Green Guide, the French person's travel bible, says "the small harbour is an important coast-guard and lifeboat station. In its octagonal station, the lifeboat swivels around a turntable so it can be launched from two slipways: towards the port at high tide or towards the open sea at low tide."
The walk was beautiful and at the end of it was the Goury lighthouse and you could go into the station where the boat was. Inside was several placards with all of the names of the boats and year that they were rescued. It was very impressional.