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Old 23 April 2007, 15:58   #1
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What kind of Lifeboat is this?

This boat was given to us and I am wondering what type of boat it is, She was built by Lifeguard LTD in england and i believe they have gone out of business as i tried the numbers and email addresses. she is 1985 as you can see from the plate, any info would be great, Thanks!

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Old 23 April 2007, 16:05   #2
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From the look of it, it would seem to be a SOLAS compliant rescue craft - probably for use from as a daughter craft from a fast response vessel, typically used for rig standby operations.

Not heard of the maker - when my deck managers back from hols, I'll ask him - he's a sort of wonder geek when it comes to boats!!

Anyway, back to the delights of a rough night in the Raz du Sein....typical, had a week's hols here last week now first job is back in the same area....
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Old 23 April 2007, 16:18   #3
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Ask over here:

http://lifeboats24-7.co.uk/forum/index.php?

They'll be sure to know.

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Old 26 April 2007, 05:14   #4
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Its a ship's Fast Rescue Craft, as opposed to a lifeboat, they are carried on all big ships, sorry can't quite remember the regs but SOLAS '96 should answer that.
They are normally single point crane lowered for picking up people in the man over board senero.
I saw quite a few lifeguard made boats on smaller ships normally with a hand steer 20 or 30 Hp engine.
Hope if helps
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Old 26 April 2007, 13:04   #5
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I think that Jelly is right. The Tiger Marine RBB is a good, but larger, example of an FRC, and heavily modified it is now the RNLI E class on the Thames. They still have the davit lifting points.

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