Burnham Reach


D Class - Inshore Lifeboat (ILB)


D Class - Facts and Figures


What kind of lifeboat is this?

The D class is an inflatable inshore lifeboat, so she's designed to operate in shallower water. There is no wheelhouse, so the crew (2 or 3) are exposed to the elements at all times. All D class lifeboats are built at the the RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

How is the D class launched?

Most D classes are taken to the sea on a trolley with the help of a lauching vehicle. We use the Softrak for this purpose.

What sort of rescues is the D class designed for?

Inshore lifeboats like this one are ideal for rescues in the surf, close to shore or cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.