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X-class lifeboat

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Class overview
Name: X-class
Operators: Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution
General characteristics
Length: 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Propulsion: Unpowered
Range: Within sight of ALB
Complement: 2[1]

The X-class lifeboat is a class of small inflatable boat operated by the RNLI of the United Kingdom and Ireland.[2]

The X-class lifeboat is used as a small tender carried on board the All-Weather Lifeboats operated by the RNLI. It is normally found carried on board Tyne-class lifeboats,[3] and is a station option on Mersey and Shannon lifeboats.[4][2]

It can carry up to two crew, and is primarily used for assisting in cliff incidents where the casualty is near the water and the All-Weather Lifeboat cannot get close to the base of the cliffs due to rocks.[1]

Other small boats operated by the RNLI include the Arancia-class beach rescue boats, Y-class and XP-class lifeboats.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lifeboat Specifications - Current Fleet - Other Boats - X Class". visiting-cornwall.co.uk. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "RNLI X+Y Boats". lifeboatsonline.com. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  3. "Tyne Class Lifeboats". irishlifeboats.com. Retrieved 20 May 2021. The Tyne carries an X boat, a small unpowered and manually launched inflatable daughter boat, to access areas where the all-weather lifeboat cannot reach
  4. "Mersey Class Lifeboats". irishlifeboats.com. Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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