Our latest D class lifeboat entered service here on the 28th November 2009, replacing the Deborah Brown.
The D class has been the workhorse of the service for 40 years. It is small and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions. It has a single outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew following a capsize. The design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction. The details given are for the latest version that was introduced in 2003.
The D class can be righted manually by its crew who are fully trained in manual capsize procedures. All inshore lifeboats are fitted with inversion-proofed engines that can be restarted following a capsize.
The D class lifeboat has VHF radio and GPS.
1963 (latest version in 2003)
3 hours at maximum speed
Hypalon coated polyester
Trolley or davit