D Class Lifeboats

The D class is an inshore lifeboat (ILB). These fast, light inflatable boats are suited to shallow water and confined locations such as close to cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.These craft can reach casualties in places where an all-weather lifeboat would be unable to operate.

First introduced in 1963 the D class has evolved over the years and the version (the IB1) was  introduced in 2003. 

The D class a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize. Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen. 

All RNLI inshore lifeboats are built and maintained at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight. A D class lifeboat is generally refitted every 2 years. This process sees the entire lifeboat stripped and rebuilt with any part found to be worn, torn or broken being repaired or replaced.

D Class Facts

Introduced: 1963 (Latest version 2003)

Length: 5m

Width: 2m

Load: 400kg

Launch Type: Trolley or davit

Fuel Capacity: 68 litres

Crew: 2-3

Range: 3 hours at maxium speed

Engines: 1 x mariner at 40 or 50hp

Number
 Name
 Year Built
 Station
 D-637
 Aldergrove II
 2005
 Newcastle 2005 to date
 D-643
 Tra Mhor
 2005
 Tramore 2005 to date
 D-644
 Phillip Robert Booth
 2005
 Wexford 2005 to date
 D-646
 Hannabella Ferguson
 2005
 Larne 2005 to date
 D-659
 George Godfrey Benbow
 2006
 Howth 2006 to date
 D-671
Sheringham Shanty Men
 2007
 Wicklow 2007 to date
 D-679
 Grainne Uaile 
 2007
Clifden 2007 to date
 D-683
Trade Winds
 2007
 Fethard 2007 to date
 D-687
 The Western
 2008
 Ballyglass 2008 to date
 D-711
 Cairde an Chuain
 2009
 Courtown 2009 to date
 D-726
 Bradley and Sonia
 2010
 Fenit 2010 to date
 D-731
  Realt na Mara
 2010
 Dun laoghaire 2010 to date
 D-738
David Roulston 
 2010
 Portrush 2010 to date