Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

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-671
 Sheringham Shanty Men
 2007
 Wicklow 21/02/07 to date
 D-679
 Grainne Uaile 
 2007
 Clifden 22/08/07 to date
 D-683
 Trade Winds
 2007
 Fethard 28/11/07 to date
 D-687
 The Western
 2008
 Ballyglass 01/02/08 to date
 D-711
 Cairde an Chuain
 2009
 Courtown 20/08/09 to date
 D-726
 Bradley and Sonia
 2010
 Fenit 08/01/10 to date
 D-731
 Realt na Mara
 2010
 Dun laoghaire 10/06/10 to date
 D-738
 David Roulston (Civil Service No. 52)
 2010
 Portrush 09/09/10 to date
 D-775
 Eliza
 2014
 Newcastle 03/12/14 to date
 D-781
 Isabella Purchase
 2015
 Tramore 28/05/15 to date
 D-782
 Alfred William Newman
 2015
 Wexford 25/06/15 to date
 D-783
 Terry
 2015
 Larne 21/07/15 to date
 D-796
 Aideen Cresswell
 2016
 Howth 12/07/16 to date