Scarborough's Inshore Lifeboats.

The D Class Inshore Lifeboats were brought into service in 1963 with D1 being stationed at Aberystwith. They were constructed in neoprene proofed nylon with a 40 horse power outboard engine, a crew of 2 or 3 and had a speed of 20 knots. In July 1965 a D class lifeboat D69 was on temporary service in Scarborough for the Prince of Wales yacht race, it was on service for 5 days and helped several yachts bringing them to safety.

April 1966 a permanent (summer only) inshore lifeboat service was commenced with D85 being the station boat. Over the years the Inshore lifeboats have been improved until the new design the IB1 being introduced in 2001.

Early Inshore Lifeboat

Our D Class IB1 John Wesley Hillard IV

John Wesley Hillard III



The Boat

The Boat: Constructed of Hypalon coated polyester

The Crew: 2 or 3.

Survivor Capacity: 5

Length: 5 metres

The Engine: 50 hp Mariner 2 stroke petrol.

Fuel Capacity: 68 Litres, stored in 2 flexible tanks.

Endurance: 3 hours at maximum speed

Maximum Speed: 25 knots.

Launch method: On a trolly launched by the Tooltrack



Radio: Fixed VHF set. AIS* (Automatic identification ) transponder

Navigation: Hand held compass and GPS.

Rescue Equipment: Tow rope, throw bag, torches, night vision, white and red flares.

Casualty Care: Oxygen, resuscitation kit,responder bag, multi purpose ambulance bag, survivor lifejackets.


*AIS This is an electronic transponder which has to be carried on all vessels of over 200 tons it can also be carried on smaller vessels.

The transponder sends a data burst out every minute giving full details of the vessel this includes: name and details of the vessel, its exact position, its course and speed and can also display the vessels destination port.

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