D-class lifeboat (IB1)

Class overview
Name: D-class (IB1)
Builders: Inshore Lifeboat Centre, Cowes
Operators: Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Preceded by: D-class (EA16)
Cost: £39,000
Built: 2001–
In service: 2003–
General characteristics
Class and type: Inshore Boat 1
Displacement: 400 kg (880 lb)
Length: 5 m (16 ft)
Beam: 2 m (6.6 ft)
Draught: 1.4 m (4.6 ft)
Propulsion: 1 × 50 hp Mariner outboard engine
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph)
Endurance: 3 hours
Capacity: 8
Complement: 2 or 3

The D-class (IB1) lifeboats are inflatable boats serving in the UK's RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) fleet. Although they are known as the "IB1" at times, they are the latest development of the D-class lifeboat and as such are mainly referred to as a "D-class".

This class of lifeboat is one of the smallest operated by the RNLI, and they are becoming a common sight at lifeboat stations round the coast. Unlike other members of the ILB fleet, the D-class (IB1) does not have a rigid hull. All others with the exception of the Arancia, hovercraft & ALB tenders are rigid inflatable boats.

The IB1 normally has a crew of two or three and is primarily used for surfer/swimmer incidents as well as assisting in cliff incidents where the casualty is near the water. The very nature of its work requires a swift response, and the IB1 can normally be afloat within five minutes of the pagers going off.


RNLB Amanda, James and Ben (D-642) based inhayling Island.
Op. No.[lower-alpha 1] Name In service Principal Station Comments
D-600 Metcap 2001–2002
Trials boat
Training fleet (D-600C)
First D-class (IB1)
D-601 Jenny Topham 2002–2003
Trials boat
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-601C)
D-602 Gilbert Goble 2002–2004
Trials boat
Relief fleet
D-603 Forever Forward Denise 2002–2004
Trials boat
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-603C)
D-604 Marie Turner 2002–2004
Trials boat
Relief fleet
D-605 Joan and Ted Wiseman 50 2003–2011
Training fleet (D-605C)
First operational IB1
D-606 Jennie B 2003–2012 Blyth
D-607 Spirit of Berkhamsted 2003– Happisburgh
D-608 Helen and Ian Tytler 2003–2011
Training fleet (D-608C)
D-609 248 Squadron RAF 2003–2011
Training fleet (D-609C)
D-610 Catterick 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-610C)
D-611 The Young Watsons 2003–2011
Burry Port
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-611C)
D-612 Dave and Trevor Jones 2003–2012 West Kirby
D-613 Jack Cleare 2003–2012 Swanage
D-614 Flo and Dick Smith 2004–2012 Trearddur Bay
D-615 CSMA/Frizzells 80th Anniversary 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-615C)
D-616 Amy Lea 2004–2012 New Quay
D-617 Henry Philip 2004–2012 Bude
D-618 Blue Peter VI 2004–2012 Cleethorpes
D-619 Blue Peter III 2004–2013 North Berwick
D-620 Edna May 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-620C)
D-621 Duncan Ferguson 2004–2013 Arbroath
D-622 May II 2004–2013
Relief fleet
D-623 Peterborough Beer Festival II 2004–2013
The Mumbles
Relief fleet
D-624 Spirit of the RLC 2004–2013
Sennen Cove
Relief fleet
D-625 John Charles Raybould 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-625C)
D-626 David Leslie Wilson 2004–2014 Montrose
D-627 Arthur Bate II 2004–2014 Conwy
D-628 Austin Burnett 2004–2014 Little and Broad Haven
D-629 The Shannock 2004–2014 Workington
D-630 Langley Muir 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-630C)
D-631 Spirit of Juniper 2004–2014 Littlehampton
D-632 Godfrey and Desmond Nall 2004–2014 Rhyl
D-633 Pride of London Foresters 2005–2014 Southend-on-Sea
D-634 Rusper 2005–2014 Rock
D-635 Semper Paratus 2005–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-635C)
D-636 Valerie Wilson 2005–2014 Newquay
D-637 Aldergrove II 2005–2014 Newcastle
D-638 Richard John Talbot Miller 2005–2014
Barry Dock (Boarding boat)
Now an RNLI Boarding boat. (BB-638)
D-639 Howard and Mary Broadfield 2005–2015 Berwick-upon-Tweed
D-640 Mabel Davies 2005– Relief fleet
D-641 Berwick-upon-Tweed 2005–2015 St. Agnes
D-642 Amanda, James and Ben 2005–2015 Hayling Island
D-643 Tra Mhor 2005–2015 Tramore
D-644 Philip Booth 2005–2015 Wexford
D-645 The Martin Jolly 2004–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-645C)
D-646 Hannahbella Ferguson 2005–2015 Larne
D-647 Barry Lazell 2005–2015 Shoreham-by-Sea
D-648 Spirit of Mortimer 2005–2015 Teddington
D-649 Dorothy Beatrice May Gorman 2005–2015 Bembridge
D-650 Helen Olive Palmer 2005–2015
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-650C)
D-651 John William Hirst 2005–2015 Torbay
D-652 Team Effort 2005–2015 Fishguard
D-653 William Hadley 2005–2015 Mablethorpe
D-654 Angel of Holyhead 2005–2016 Holyhead
D-655 Guardian Angel 2005–2015
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-655C)
D-656 William Robert Sanderson 2005–2016 Llandudno
D-657 Sally 2006– Lytham St. Annes
D-658 Sir Y Flint 2006–2016 Flint
D-659 Sir Godfrey Benbow 2006–2016 Howth
D-660 City of Leeds 2006–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-660C)
D-661 Jane Anne II 2006–2016 Wells
D-662 Eleanor 2006–2016 Sheerness
D-663 Duggie Rodbard 2006– Walmer
D-664 Puffin 2006– Burnham-on-Sea
D-665 Burnham-on-Sea 2007–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-665C)
D-667 The Rotary Centennial Queen 2006– Anstruther
D-668 Colin Bramley Parker 2007– St. Ives
D-669 George Bearman 2006– Exmouth
D-670 Harold Arnold 2007– Relief fleet
D-671 Sheringham Shanty Men 2007– Wicklow
D-672 Ernest and Rose Chapman II 2007– Burnham-on-Crouch
D-673 Christine 2007– Aldeburgh
D-674 OEM Stone III 2007– Whitby
D-675 The Doris and Harry B 2007– Relief fleet
D-676 Leslie and Peter Downes 2007– Pwllheli
D-677 Jacky Hunsley 2007–2014 Redcar
D-678 Clive Tanner 2007– Barmouth
D-679 Grainne Uaile 2007– Clifton
D-680 Marjorie Wilkinson 2007– Relief fleet
D-681 Olive Herbert Two 2007– Fowey
D-682 The Essex Freemason 2007–2015
D-683 Tradewinds 2007– Fethard
D-684 Telford Shopping Centre 2007– Troon
D-685 Winifred 2007–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-685C)
D-686 Peter Downes 2008– Seahouses
D-687 The Western 2008– Ballyglass
D-688 Albert Wordley 2008– Horton and Port Eynon
D-689 Enfys 2008– Moelfre
D-690 David Young 2008– Relief fleet
D-691 Betty and Thomas Moore 2008– Selsey
D-692 Connie Dains 2008– Penarth
D-693 Mark Noble 2008– Tynemouth
D-694 James Bissett Simpson 2008– Aberdeen
D-695 The Pat 2008– Relief fleet
D-696 Annie Stock II 2008– Weston-super-Mare
D-697 Stranraer Saviour (Civil Service No. 49) 2008– Stranraer
D-698 The Sheila Barrie 2008– Broughty Ferry
D-699 Daphne May 2008– Hastings
D-700 Bobby's Boat 2008–2014
Relief fleet
Relief fleet
Relief fleet
D-701 Henly Eight 2008– Withernsea
D-702 Spirit of the Dart 2008– Dartmouth
D-703 Joseph Hughes 2008– Craster
D-704 Myrtle and Trevor Gurr 2008– St Davids
D-705 Northern Light 2008–2012
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-705C)
D-706 Tigger Three 2008– Margate
D-707 Copeland Bell 2008– Port Isaac
D-708 Jimmy Miff 2009– Dunbar
D-709 Elsie Ida Meade 2009– Cardigan
D-710 Charles Blankstone 2009– Relief fleet
D-711 Caird An Chuain 2009– Courtown
D-712 Christine 2009– Minehead
D-713 Nigel Martin Spender 2009– Port Talbot
D-714 Jean Ryall 2010–2011
South Broads
Relief fleet
D-715 Leicester Tiger 2010– Relief fleet
D-716 Brian's Pride 2009– Portsmouth
D-717 Deborah Brown II 2009– Ilfracombe
D-718 Catherine 2009– Kipford
D-719 Mary Elizabeth Barnes 2009– Fleetwood
D-720 Norma and Bill Burleigh 2009– Relief fleet
D-721 Windsor Spirit 2009– Bridlington
D-722 Margaret Mary Timpany 2009– Morecombe
D-723 Damarkand IV 2009– Clacton-on-Sea
D-724 John Wesley Hillard III 2009– Scarborough
D-725 Kenneth R. Easter 2010–2015
Relief fleet
Training fleet (D-725C)
D-726 Bradley and Sonia 2010– Fenit
D-727 Georgina Taylor 2009– Tenby
D-728 Braund 2010– Filey
D-729 Eileen Mary George 2010– Blackpool
D-730 Constance Green 2010– Relief fleet
D-731 Réalt na Mara 2010– Dún Laoghaire
D-732 Basil Eric Brooks 2010– Blackpool
D-733 Vision of Tamworth 2010– Barrow-in-Furness
D-734 Spirit of Leicester 2010– Cromer
D-735 Bill and John Cama 2010–2014
Relief fleet
Relief fleet
D-736 Mildred Holcroft 2010– Amble
D-737 Alistair Greenless 2010– Campbeltown
D-738 David Roulston (Civil Service No. 52) 2010– Port Rush
D-739 Peterborough Beer Festival IV 2010–2016 Skegness Sunk on 20 May 2016 after catching fire[1]
D-740 Ole Schroder 2010– Relief fleet
D-741 Ollie Naismith 2010– Looe
D-742 Spirit of Leicester 2010– Port St. Mary
D-743 Olwen and Tom 2010– Teddington
D-744 Lawrence and Percy Hobbs 2011– Eastbourne
D-745 My Way 2011–2015
Relief fleet
D-746 Alan and Amy 2011– Blyth
D-747 My Jo 2011– Sunderland
D-748 Willett 2011– Calshot
D-749 Diane Hilary 2012– Burry Port
D-750 Yeoman of the Guard 2012– Relief fleet
D-751 Seahorse 2012– West Kirby Ex. Dave and Mary
D-752 Phil and Jack 2012– Swanage
D-753 Clive and Imelda Rawlings 2012– Trearrdur Bay
D-754 Audrey LJ 2012– New Quay
D-755 Peggy D 2012– Relief fleet
D-756 George Bird 2012– Bude
D-757 James Burgess II 2012– Cleethorpes
D-758 Evelyn M 2013– North Berwick
D-759 Robert Fergusson 2013– Arbroath
D-760 Geoffrey Scott 2013– Borth
D-761 Mark Lott 2013– The Mumbles
D-762 M + P Anderson Vick 2013– Relief fleet
D-763 Amy Brown 2013– Sennen Cove
D-764 Nigel A Kennedy 2014– Montrose
D-765 May-Bob 2014– Conwy
D-766 Jack & Edith May 2014– Little and Broad Haven
D-767 John F. Mortimer 2014– Workington
D-768 Robleen 2014– Relief fleet
D-769 Ray of Hope 2014– Littlehampton
D-770 Mary Maxwell 2014– Rhyl
D-771 William Henderson 2014– Southend-on-Sea
D-772 Rusper II 2014– Rock
D-773 Enid Mary 2014– Newquay
D-774 Arthur Hamilton 2014– Relief fleet
D-775 Eliza 2014– Newcastle
D-776 SuperG II 2015– Angle
D-777 Vi and Charles Hogbin 2015– Berwick-upon-Tweed
D-778 Norman Harvey 2015– Bembridge
D-779 Jacob 2015– Hayling Island
D-780 Hicks' Help 2015– Relief fleet
D-781 Isabella Purchase 2015– Tramore
D-782 Alfred William Newman 2015– Wexford
D-783 Terry 2015– Larne
D-784 Joan Woodland 2015– Shoreham-by-Sea
D-785 Peter Saw 2015– Teddington
D-786 Eileen May Loach-Thomas 2015– Redcar
D-787 XKalibur 2015– St. Agnes
D-788 Leslie & Mary Daws 2015– Torbay
D-789 Edward Arthur Richardson 2015– Fishguard
D-790 Stanley Whiteley Chadwick 2015– Mablethorpe
D-791 Mary & Archie Hooper 2016– Holyhead
D-792 Marie Theresa Bertha Barrass 2016– Relief fleet
D-793 Dr Barbara Saunderson 2016– Llandudno
D-794 Duggie Rodbard II 2016– Walmer
D-795 The Lady Barbarae 2016– Flint
D-796 Aideen Cresswell 2016– Howth
D-797 Peter Wilcox 2016– Wells
D-798 John Wickens 2016– Relief fleet
D-799 Buster 2016– Sheerness
D-800 TBC Due 2016 Lytham St Annes
D-801 TBC Due 2016 Burnham on Sea
D-802 Akira Due 2016 Anstruther
D-803 Donald Dean Due 2016 St Ives
D-804 TBC Due 2016 Relief fleet
D-805 George Bearman II Due 2016 Exmouth
  1. Op. No. is the RNLI's Operational Number of the boat.


  1. "Skegness lifeboat crew forced to swim after boat sinks". BBC News. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
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