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Old 16 April 2004, 16:14   #1
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anyone for an arun class

i want it just reading spring 2004 RNLI lifeboat booklet and they have four for
sale at 1.5 million new 150 thousand is a bargain and the spec is the best

Arun Class All Weather Lifeboat
one owner with full service history will go any were don,t mind bad weather

The Arun is the first lifeboat ever to win a Design Council Award which was presented to the RNLI by his Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1982.

It is one of the largest of the Institutionís fast afloat all weather boats, and as this title suggests, it lies permanently afloat in harbours. There are now 36 Aruns in the lifeboat fleet, and they have carried out spectacular rescues in which their speed, power and manoeuvrability have played an important part. The watertight superstructure buoyancy will initiate self righting if the boat should capsize.

The hull is based on a design by A McLachlan of Watsons of Glasgow, and the fitout and superstructure were designed by the RNLIís own Technical Department.

The first Arun, launched in 1971, continued the pattern of introducing faster lifeboats into the RNLI Fleet which started with the Waverney Class in 1966. The Arun, at 18 knots, was twice as fast as earlier classes of lifeboats due to her semi-planing hull form. Lifeboats with displacement hulls and protected propellers in tunnels, are restricted to 8 - 9 knots.

Aruns have glass fibre hulls with aluminium structures. The hull is divided into 26 watertight compartments. Void spaces are filled with buoyant materials, giving reserve buoyancy if the boat is holed. Powerful twin diesel engines provide the propulsion.

There are two survivorís cabins below deck containing rescue equipment including first aid gear, stretchers, emergency rations and blankets. An inflatable boat and liferaft are carried. The coxswain can steer from inside the wheelhouse or from a flying bridge on top of the superstructure. Intercom links the flying bridge, wheelhouse and deck.

All Aruns have been updated with MF/VHF DSC equipment, DGPS navigator, electronic chart system, and VHF/DF. Aruns carry the same First Aid equipment as Severns, and a salvage pump, in a watertight transfer container.

Inside the wheelhouse there is a seat with safety belts and arm rests, for each member of the crew. There are special positions for the coxswain, navigator, radio operator, mechanic and crew numbers and provision for a doctor. The radar scanner has been made watertight so that it will continue to work after the lifeboat has self righted.

Aruns are being replaced by Severns or Trents as part of the RNLIís continuing development programme.

Length 52 ft (15.9/ m)

Breadth 17 ft (5.2 m)

Displacement 32 tons

Load draught aft 5 ft (1.5 m)

Load draught forward 3 ft 9 in (1.1 m)

Engines 2 x Caterpillar 3408TA 460/48 Shp diesel

Max Speed 18.5 knots

Range at full speed 250 nm

Crew 6

the bad bit
only comes in grey
it is a condition of sale that the rnli colours are not reinstated
if you have some cash to spend i think it would better than a sports car
just contact the RNLI only four left
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Old 16 April 2004, 16:46   #2
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Very nice too, shame about the colour though. Methinks it would look very "business like" in black

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Old 17 April 2004, 01:58   #3
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I saw one in Fowey, all white, very strange!!

One thing to remember prior to purchase is the lack of a toilet, ok for us types used to a rib, but for £150,000 you might expect one.

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Old 17 April 2004, 17:40   #4
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On Icelandīs south coast you can probably find bits and pieces of an ex RNLI Arun which was due to be based on our northeast coast as it fell off freighter which was transporting it from Immingham to Reykjavik last February and ended up on cliffs and rocks. Sad end of an excellent ex RNLI lifeboat.
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Old 18 April 2004, 04:23   #5
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They just got a few (7-8 boats I think) of those in Greece too (Orange/blue colours also) for the Olympics and all that for the Greek Coastguard.
I saw them moored in Olympic Marina near Cape Sounion when we were there. Didn't have the camera so no photos probably the boats will be there next week also when I'll be back and take a few shots.
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