ILB

Dorothy Beatrice May Gorman

Launching from a trolley or davit, the D class lifeboat is ideal for rescues close to shore in fair to moderate conditions.

Here at Bembridge we launch the Norman Harvey (D-778) over the beach using a tracked vehicle (Tooltrak) & trailer combination.

Our D class lifeboat has a single 50hp outboard engine with a stainless steel propellor and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize.

First introduced into the fleet in 1963, the design of the D class has continued to evolve since its introduction and the latest version (also known as the IB1-type) was introduced in 2003.

Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen.

Date introduced:

1963 but design has continued to evolve ever since​

On Station:

March 2015​

Named/Dedicated:

18th July 2015

Launch type:

Trolley or davit​

Number in fleet:

112 at station plus 37 in relief fleet​

Crew:

2-3​

Length:

5m​

Beam/width:

​2m

Displacement/load:

​463kg

Max speed:

​25 knots

Fuel capacity:

​68 litres

Range/endurance:

​3 hours at maximum speed

Construction:

​Hypalon-coated polyester

Engines:

​1 x Mariner 50hp

Survivor capacity:

​5