Atlantic 85 Lifeboat

B Class – Atlantic 85 –  Rapid Response Inshore Lifeboat

The design allows room for four crew members and more kit than the 3 man Atlantic 75 lifeboat ‘Rock Light’ which was replaced in 2010 by our current lifeboat the Atlantic 85 B-837 ‘Charles Dibdin’

She is powered by two 115hp engines and has a stronger hull and greater top speed. The added radar allows the crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility and she also has VHF direction-finding equipment.

A manually operated self-righting mechanism combined with two 115hp 4-stroke inversion-proofed engines keep her operational even after capsize. She is also capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to engines or steering gear.

The Atlantic 85 carries a full suite of communication and electronic navigation aids, including VHF radio, VHF direction finding, intercom, DGPS and electronic chart, radar and hand-held VHF, as well as a searchlight, night-vision equipment and illuminating paraflares for night-time operations.

​B class – Atlantic 85

Date introduced:

​2005 – We received B-837 in 2010

Launch type:

For New Brighton – ​Launch carriage and Talus tractor

Number in fleet:

​38 at station plus 11 in relief fleet










​1.8 tonnes

Max speed:

​35 knots

Fuel capacity:

​210 litres


​2.5 hours


​Hull – carbon fibre and foam core laminate, structure includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup

Inflatable collar: hypalon-coated nylon


​2 x Yamaha 4-stroke; 115hp each

Survivor capacity:


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