XP-class lifeboat

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XP-class Lifeboat
Class overview
Name: XP-class
Builders: Avon Inflatables
Operators: Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution
General characteristics
Displacement: 61 kg without engine [a]
Length: 2.8 m (9.2 ft)
Beam: 1.6 m (5.2 ft) [a]
Propulsion:
  • Trent : 1 × 5 hp (3.7 kW) Mariner engine
  • Broads: 1 × 10 hp (7.5 kW) Mariner engine
Speed:
  • Trent: 10 knots (12 mph)
  • Broads: 25 knots (29 mph)
Range: Trent: within sight of ALB
Endurance: Broads: 2 hours at top speed
Capacity: 4 (up to 460 kg) [a]
Complement: 2
  1. ^ a b c (based on Avon Rover R280 RIB specifications)

The XP-class lifeboat is a class of small inflatable boat operated by the RNLI of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The XP-class lifeboat, based on the commercially available Avon Rover 280 is mainly used as a small tender carried on board the RNLI All-Weather lifeboats.

The XP-class carries a crew of one or two, and is normally found carried on board the Trent-class lifeboat. It is used primarily for assisting in cliff incidents where the casualty is near the water, and where rocks prevent the All-Weather Lifeboat from getting near the base of the cliff.

The XP (along with a D-class (IB1)) was also in use at South Broads Lifeboat Station on The Broads in Suffolk, one of the few RNLI inland waterways lifeboat stations until it closed in 2011, and at Teignmouth Lifeboat Station in Devon, where it is deployed from the larger B-class (Atlantic 85) lifeboat.

Other small boats operated by the RNLI include the Arancia-class beach rescue boats, the X-class and Y-class lifeboats.

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