Littlehampton Lifeboats

Blue Peter I

Blue Peter I is an Atlantic 75 lifeboat, the successor to the RNLI’s original Atlantic 21 class. A little larger – 38cm longer and 20cm broader than the Atlantic 21, the name is derived from her length of nearly 7.5m.

Her twin 70hp outboard motors give her a maximum speed of 32 knots, making her the fastest lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. Quick response is a huge benefit, and the Atlantic 75 is comprehensively equipped to deal with a range of casualty situations under varying conditions.

Atlantic 75 Specification:
Length: 7.5m (24ft 7in)
Overall beam: 8ft 8in (2.64m)
Length of hull: 20ft 3in (6.17m)
Weight with crew: Approx 3,200 lbs
Engines: Twin 70hp
Speed: 32 knots
Duration: Three hours at max speed

Spirit of Juniper

The D Class Lifeboat was the first RNLI inflatable, introduced in 1963, and Spirit of Juniper is the latest generation of the D Class, known as the IB-1.

The IB-1 ia equipped with a single 50hp outboard engine and is ideal for rescues close to the shore where larger lifeboats cannot operate. It can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize and unlike its predecessors, is not restricted to daylight operation. The boat has a crew of 2 or 3, is 16 feet long and has a speed of 25 knots.

The D Class lifeboat is launched from a trolley and can stay at sea for around three hours.

D Class Specification:
Length: 4.9m (16 ft)
Engine: 50 hp
Speed: 30 knots
Displacement: 338 kg (745 lbs)
Construction: Nylon coated hypalon
Duration: Three hours at 20 knots