ATLANTIC 85 ‘B’ CLASS INSHORE LIFEBOAT
Sheila and Dennis Tongue II
In service at Looe Lifeboat Station September 2016
A rigid inflatable lifeboat developed at the RNLI Inshore
Centre at Cowes in 2005
Powered by twin 115hp 4-stroke immersion-proof
engines it has a maximum speed of 35 knots with a
duration of 2.5 hours (fuel capacity 210 litres).
It carries a crew of 4 seated by the central console.
Equipment includes VHF radio, GRP chart plotter,
first-aid and oxygen kit.
Length: 8.44m Beam: 2.85m Draught: 0.53m
Displacement: 1.8 tonnes
Construction: Hull – carbon fibre and foam core laminate,
structure includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.
Inflatable collar – hypalon-coated nylon
Survivor capacity: 20
REPLACEMENT COST £214,000
‘D’ CLASS INFLATABLE LIFEBOAT
D 741 ‘Ollie Naismith’
Entered service November 2010
An inflatable lifeboat first developed at the RNLI
Inshore Centre in 1963, the class has continually
Powered by a single 50hp immersion-proof engine it
has a maximum speed of 25 knots with a duration of 3
It carries a crew of 2 or 3, with a survivor capacity of 5.
Length: 5m Beam: 2m Displacement: 400kg
Construction: Hypalon-coated polyester. Sponsons
have 7 compartments
Equipment includes VHF radio, night vision equipment,
satellite navigation, oars, kedge anchor & towing lines,
stopwatch & binoculars, first-aid and oxygen kit, spare
life-jackets, stretcher & casualty protection gear, spare
propeller, radio mast, flares, fire extinguisher, torch,
knives & tools.
REPLACEMENT COST £41,000
TALUS MB-4H TRACTOR
Jointly developed by RNLI & Clayton
Can be safely operated to a depth of 1.6m in level
Weight: 9.38 tonnes
Propulsion: 4 wheel drive
Engine: Caterpillar 3114, 4 cylinder, 105hp - Diesel
Max. Speed: 22mph
Winch Wire Pull: 5 tonnes
In the event of the machine getting into difficulties it
can be battened down and left on the sea bed and
recovered at low tide. The cab is specially designed
to fully flood in order to provide stability, when submerged.
REPLACEMENT TRACTOR COST (2003) £250,000
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