D-class lifeboat (Avon S650)
|Name:||D-class (Avon S650)|
|Operators:||Royal National Lifeboat Institution|
|Preceded by:||D-class (RFD PB16)|
|Succeeded by:||D-class (Zodiac III)|
|Class and type:||Avon S650|
|Length:||5 m (16 ft)|
|Beam:||2 m (6.6 ft)|
|Propulsion:||1 × 40 hp Evinrude outboard engine|
|Speed:||20 knots (23 mph)|
|Endurance:||3 hours at full speed|
The D-class (Avon S650) lifeboat was a sub-class of 4 inflatable boats operated as part of the D-class between 1971 and 1986 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution of the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was superseded by the D-class (Zodiac III).
There were only 4 Avon S650 utilised by the RNLI as part of the D-class, the workhorse of the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) fleet. Significantly smaller in comparison to the rest of the inshore fleet, the D-class is also one of the few RNLI types not to feature a rigid hull. The main aspect of the boat would be both its size and weight, the D-class was specifically designed as a light and highly manoeuvrable rapid response craft.
Design and construction
The D-class lifeboat consists of two sponsons, together housing four inflatable segments intersected by baffles.
This was one of the smaller classes of lifeboat operated by the RNLI, and while there were only 4 Avon S650's in the fleet, the D-class were a common sight at lifeboat stations around the coast. Unlike other members of the ILB fleet, the D-class does not have a rigid hull; all others, with the exception of the Arancia, hovercraft and ALB Tenders, are Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs).
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