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

 Year Built
 Tra Mhor
 Tramore 2005 to date
 Phillip Robert Booth
 Wexford 2005 to date
 Hannabella Ferguson
 Larne 2005 to date
 George Godfrey Benbow
 Howth 2006 to date
Sheringham Shanty Men
 Wicklow 2007 to date
 Grainne Uaile 
Clifden 2007 to date
Trade Winds
 Fethard 2007 to date
 The Western
 Ballyglass 2008 to date
 Cairde an Chuain
 Courtown 2009 to date
 Bradley and Sonia
 Fenit 2010 to date
  Realt na Mara
 Dun laoghaire 2010 to date
David Roulston 
 Portrush 2010 to date
 Newcastle 2014 to date
 Isabella Purchase
 For Tramore
 Alfred William Newman
 For Wexford
 For Larne